After 10 months on Erasmus in Vilnius, which means, -20 degrees in January, 2 hours of sun in February and approximately 30 liters of beer per month. I, Arnaud Francquembergue, decided to find a new challenge and to extend this Erasmus with a slow way back.
One of the nicest things about Erasmus is that it gives you the opportunity to find beds for free all over Europe. Thus, I would like to enjoy it as soon as possible, before my new friends forget my cute face.
On a more serious note, this idea to cross Europe by bicycle is an important project to me on several regards.
Firstly for the sports aspect, I want to prove to myself that I can do it.
There is also the European citizen factor. Thanks to the European Union, now it is easy to move and live in an other country, with Erasmus for example, but is also easy to move around inside the Union thanks to the opens borders.
To be able to cycle freely around Europe makes me think of it as one big country and makes me feel like a real European citizen. Furthermore, I hope that I will be able to inspire people to think alike.
And last but not least, it makes a compelling story to tell to girls by the fireplace on cold winter nights.
You may be wonder which way I am going to take, I have made an approximate itinerary, just for you:
About the schedule, I planed to leave on June 22nd and cycle abound 500 km every week but with the different stops. I estimated to arrive during the first week of August. So my trip would last around 40 days.