Finally, after numerous iterations, I think I have figured out my 2020 tour.
I will follow the Eastern German borders. First, I will cycle from Heidelberg eastbound to Görlitz at the border to Poland and the Check Republic. Then I will turn North, following the German-Polish border until reaching the Baltic Sea. Then, I will follow the coastline westbound until I meet the former border between the two Germanies. From there on, I will go South again. 2.500km and the areas should be quit rural and lovely.
About 30 years ago, two zis scholarships helped me to broaden my horizon, expand my understanding of what is possible, and develop more self-confidence. zis is a non-profit organization that has been awarding scholarships for study trips to young people between the ages of 16 and 20 for more than 60 years. Today, the word we use for tenacity and grit is resilience - and I've made it my profession, to help managers around the world to develop more of this inner power.
In retrospect, the experiences I've had on these trips to Scotland and Iceland have been priceless for my development. After having had a childhood with some challenges, I learned that I could cycle 1,700km on my own and get wet every day without despairing. I have learned that I was able to get along with only 300 € for 4 weeks and still had a good time. I have learned what it's like to be threatened with deportation and how to get an interview with the President from such a crisis. I have understood that limitations are primarily constructs in our heads, and I want to make these insights available to as many adolescents as possible.
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Hi Karsten. That’s a cool idea to change the US to eastern Germany. It’s much nicer here, anyway 🙂
Do you pass by Jena in any case? If yes, let me know and I will surely join, wave, whistle and hold water bottles for you … and if you don’t just race along the way, we can of course have a coffee or two