Eine Alpenüberquerung in 3 Wochen & 24867 Höhenmetern – auf dem Fahrrad

Auf dem Pass

Auf dem Pass

Die Fahrradtour von der Quelle bis zur Mündung der Loire in 2011 war sicherlich ein Highlight unserer bisherigen Touren. Danach meinten wir, über die Alpen sollten wir es mit dem Fahrrad auch schaffen. Fit aber ja auch nicht mehr ganz die jüngsten (58 & 60) war eine gute Planung der Route essentiell und nahm entsprechend viel Zeit ein.

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Auf die Räder stiegen wir in Murnau am Staffelsee und nach dreizehn Tagesetappen mit +12142 & -12725 Höhenmetern in 486.5km erreichten wir Novene am Gardasee.

Das Höhenprofil

Das Höhenprofil

Auf der Karte finden sich die Aufzeichnung der gefahrenen Route mit den jeweiligen Unterkünften.
Im folgenden jeweils die detaillierten Informationen zu den Etappen inklusive Fotos mit einem kurzen Bewerbung des Streckenabschnitts und der Unterkunft:

Isar in Bad Tölz

Isar in Bad Tölz

Fahrtag 1 – 66km

Hotel Griesbräu
Obermarktstr. 37
82418 Murnau
Tel.: 08841 1422

  • Murnau Am Staffelsee
  • Ohlstadt
  • Großweil
  • Kochel Am See
  • Benediktbeuern
  • Bad Tölz

Leonhardihof
Seppstr.6
83646 Bad Tölz
Tel.: 08041 2818

Anmerkung: Strecke und Unterkunft gut. Wegen Hochwasser und Überschwemmung mussten wir aber auf die folgende Route mit zusätzlichen Anstiegen ausweichen:

  • Murnau
  • Aiding
  • Habach
  • Dümhausen
  • Bichel
  • Bad Tölz

 

Achernsee

Achernsee

Fahrtag 2 – 48km

  • Bad Tölz
  • Waagkirchen
  • Hauserdörfl
  • Marienstein
  • Gmund Am Tegernsee
  • Rottach
  • Trinis
  • Kreuth
  • Wildbad Kreuth
  • Achenpaß
  • Achenkirch

Lechnerhof
Achensee 132
6215 Achenkirch / Österreich
Te.: 0043 5246 6613

Anmerkung: Strecke und Unterkunft gut. Auch hier mussten wir allerdings etwas von der Planung abweichen:

  • Bad Tölz
  • Isartal (wegen Hochwasser nicht auf dem Isarradweg sondern auf einer ruhigen Nebenstraße links der Isar bis hinter Lengries) ab Hier rechts der Isar entlang der B 13 zum Silversteinsee auf der B 307 weiter nach Achenkirch

Tag 3 – 5km 

  • Achenkirch
  • Maurach

Hotel Rotspitz
Eggweg 5
6212 Maurach/ Österreich
Tel.:0043 5243 5391

Anmerkung: Strecke und Unterkunft gut.

Tag 4 – 50km

  • Maurach
  • Eben Am Achensee
  • Wiesing
  • Weisslahn
  • Hall In Tirol
  • Tulfes

Hotel Gruberhof
Heiligwasserweg 12
6080 Innsbruck Igls
0043512377142

Anmerkung: Möglicherweise andere Strecke wählen, da die alte Römerstraße sehr steil ist. Allerdings fährt es sich ruhiger auf der Strecke als im Inntal.

Tag 5 – 36km

  • Tulfes
  • Rans
  • Lans
  • Tarzens
  • Mühltal
  • Pfons
  • Matrei Am Brenner
  • Steinach Am Brenner
  • Trins

Bauernhof Prangerhof
Trins 21
6152 Trins / Österreich
Tel.:0043 52755 402

Anmerkung: Würde Unterkunft in Steinach suchen um Anstieg am Tagesende zu vermeiden. Beeindruckende Landschaft entschädigt allerdings. Unterkunft hatte kein Frühstück

Tag 6 – 38km

  • Trins
  • Steinach Am Brenner
  • Brenner
  • Brennerpass
  • Terme Di Brennero
  • Colle Isarco
  • Sterzing

Schwarzer Adler
Stadtplatz 1
39049 Sterzing / Italien
Tel.:0039 0472 764064

Meran

Meran

Tag 7 – 70km

  • Sterzing
  • San Leonardo In Passiria
  • Meran
  • Algund

Hotel Heinrichshof
Rosengartenstrasse 14
39022 Dorf (Algund)
Südtirol – Italien
Tel. +39 0473 222 532

Anmerkung: Sehr gute Unterkunft. Die 70km waren gut zu fahren da die letzten 40km bergab gehen.

Auf dem Weg nach San Michele

Auf dem Weg nach San Michele

Tag 9 – 34km

  • Algund
  • Meran
  • Sinigo
  • Terlan
  • Andrian
  • Via Del Sole und Strada Consorziale
  • San Michele
  • Eppan

Alexandres
Weingüterweg 28
39057 Eppan/ untere Gand/ Italien
Tel.: 0039 0471 660270
(Unterkunft ist St. Michele)

Anmerkung: Unterkunft war gut aber St. Paul ist ein sehr schöner Ort – evtl. dort etwas suchen.

 

 

Tag 10 – 26km

  • Eppan
  • San Michele
  • San Nicolò
  • Mendola
  • Belvedere
  • Fondo
  • Brez

Bauernhof Agritur Piasani
Fraz. Salobbi 7
38021 Brez / Italien
Te.: 0039 0463 889 432

Anmerkung: Eher andere Unterkunft wählen, da es sich um eine reine Ferienwohnung handelt und es kein Restaurant im Ort gibt.

Diamaro

Diamaro

Tag 11 – 40km

  • Brez
  • Romallo
  • Malè
  • Dimaro

Gran Vacanze
Via Campiglio 1
38025 Dimaro
Te.: 0039 04639 74 106

Anmerkung: Strecke und Unterkunft gut. Etwas laute Geräuschkulisse aber sehr freundlich.

 

Tag 12 – 44km

  • Dimaro
  • Carisolo
  • Spiazzo
  • Darè
  • Tione Di Trento
  • Saone

Albergo Dolomiti
Passo di Lavazè
I-38030, Varena
Tel: +39(0465)321424

Anmerkung:  Kleines Hotel mit ordentlicher Küche.

Tag 13 – 60km

  • Saone
  • Comano Terme
  • Dro
  • Arco
  • Riva Del Garda
  • Navene

Hotel Vela Azzurra
Via Gardesana Nord 468
Malcesine, 37018
Tel.: +390457400480

Anmerkung: Einfache Strecke und top Unterkunft mit guter Küche direkt, freundlich und direkt am Wasser. 

Dieser Artikel wurde vom Ghostwriter Peter verfasst.

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Bolia – a sofa without customer service and goodwill

As the winter approached Hamburg we thought about buying new sofa. During one of our last trips to Sweden we discovered (and starting liking) the plain Scandinavian design of Bolia. After two visits of the local Bolia Store in Hamburg (Hoheluft – Straßenbahnring 19) we decided that North should become our new „sofa buddy“. As an „internet person“ I of course asked in the store if there would be any difference between the order in the store or online. The answer was: „No. But of course it would be nice if you buy it in the store to support local stores.“.  We signed the contract with a 13% discount (25% fee if the sofa order was canceled) and were happily waiting for the sofa to be delivered.

In this time frame Bolia started a new campaign where they offered a 50% discount for „North“ – meaning that if I returned the sofa now and ordered a new one I would still save 280€. So I called up the customer service and asked them what they could offer me to keep me a happy customer.
They returned to me with an offer where I would still save money if I send the sofa back and order a new one. What kind of good will is that?
Even worse was that the customer service told me that of course there is a difference between the online and store order – mainly being that there is no 25% cancellation fee if you order online. Meaning in our case that we would have saved the full 50% if we would have ordered online!!

Summary: The design @Bolia is really nice but even if you are advised wrong there is no real good will from the customer service – in a situation where it would just be so easy for them (considering that they would save storage costs and so on….)

[Update – 14.11.2013] Good news on a thursday morning: Half an hour ago the customer service contacted me and offered the 50% discount to me. Glad to be a happy customer again and looking forward for the sofa to arrive next week!

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Masala Travel in India

After my CSC assignment I had the pleasure of traveling together with my IBM/CSC colleague Malcolm for another 12 days. Since this was really a vacation there is only one blog post for the whole duration 😉

csc-udaipurAfter saying goodbye to the CSC colleagues in Mumbai we took an evening flight directly to Udaipur where a roof top beer combined with a beautiful castle view @ the Panorama Guest House (<- recommended) was the perfect start into our vacation. The next day we visited the fort and did a short boat trip on the lake. Interesting was that it seems to be still really off season since we really only saw a couple of tourists – nice! csc-udaipur-james-bondThe next day we visited the Sahelion-ki-Bari park – which was okay and then found by accident another really nice park near the Vintage Collection of Classic Cars (<- great place to have a cheap  and good thali lunch). A perfect place to watch the sunset is the „Monsum Palace“ (Sajjangarh). Afterwards it was dinner time @ Ambrai (Amet Haveli Hotel)

The blue city

The blue city

To catch the 6 a.m. Volvo bus (booked via bustickets.makemytrip.com) to Jodhpur we had an early start and although our rkischa never turned up we made it on a bumpy ride to Jodhpur. Since the temperature got close to 40° we took some time and relaxed at „Yogi’s guesthouse“. This really was again a great place to stay (roof top fort view, clean rooms, free pickout, space to hanout..) – close to perfect.

csc-jodhpur-fort

Unfortunately when we stayed for dinner the last evening the owner (Yogi) got so drunk that he started insulting guests and his staff had to hold him back (see tripadvisor review from 10 of september – “Nice guesthouse but the owner is alcoholic”).This being very unpleasant the rest of the stay was great. I can highly recommend getting a cafe @ „Cafe Sheesh Mahal“ – with good coffee (my first espresso in five weeks really knocked me out) and a great view over the market!

Camel Ride

Camel Ride

Even earlier we started our journey to Jaisalmer –  to catch the train we had to get up at 4:00 a.m.. But we made it and it was a smooth train ride with a lot of things to watch. The top thing we wanted to do in Jaisalmer was a kamel safari that included sleeping in the dessert without a tent. Directly after arrival we had a look at the different options and booked a one night tour with our Hotel – Shahi Palace (recommended).

Our bed in the dessert

Our bed in the dessert

The safari was great fun and sleeping under the stars in the dessert is certainly a very pleasant an special experience.

After returning to the city in the morning we finally were able to book our train ticket for the next day and visited the fort. There we got picked up by a guide/rkischa driver that calls himself „Cool Rahul“ and is quite a character.

Cool Rahul in Jaisalmer

Cool Rahul in Jaisalmer

For a decent price we got a nice tour and some entertainment – so if you are interested (+91 9571650515). The next day we went back to the fort to have a look at the magnificent jain temple and got another small tour with Rahul.

Our next stop was Jaipur which we reached after after a 12 hour night train journey. There it was time for some luxury and we stayed at a Hotel with a swimming pool (Umaid Bhawan – 40% discount during off-season) – a real pleasure when temperatures are around 40°C.

csc-travel-jaipur

Since we only had one day in Jaipur we rented a rkischa for the whole day (650 INR = 7€). This was also the first city during our travel where we saw a larger number of non-indian tourists. Especially the Peacock Rooftop Restaurant seemed to be an in place to have dinner.

csc-thaj-mahalAgain early the next morning it was time to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. This time we stayed in Bansi’s Homestay, which was nice but we got charged for the chai! Since we wanted to see the Taj Mahal during sunset we first visited the Agra Fort. Visiting the Thaj Mahal and staying tills sunset was certainly a highlight.

And then it was time for our last stop – Delhi. While the Master Bed and Breakfast was a bit expensive I can highly recommend it! With half a day left I really I visited the India Gate and the Jama Masjid (India’s largest mosque) – which has a great view over the city.

Delhi also gave me the opportunity to try two new forms of transportation – push bike rkischa and the indian metro – where second was quite a pleasant experience. For our last dinner we decided to make it special and went to the revolving restaurant Parikrama.

csc-delhi

And then it was time to say goodbye to India and its people. It has been six wonderful weeks filled up with amazing and great experiences. This was certainly a lifetime experience – thanks to the IBM CSC program!

The following map gives an overview of my travel.

csc-travel-dessert

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[CSC] Time to say goodbye!

Final presentationThe last week just went by so quickly. On Wednesday we had our final presentation to Hitesh and Kajal from Chaitanya. We went through all our deliveries and highlighted the key follow ups. While four weeks are a quite limited time we think that we were able to provide Chaitanya with a toolbox and a plan to extend their reach in the slums of Jamnagar. If you want to support them – you can now donate via PayPal! Saying goodbye is always hard and it was even harder in this case since it was not a normal project but by seeing the children each day and working so closely with the founders you just have to become emotional attached to the project. Our last rkischa ride back to the hotel was a quite on.

After a farewell dinner with the team on thursday night it was time to pack and on friday 12:30 we said goodbye to Jamnagar. Lucky enough I will spend the next two weeks with my CSC Malcom colleague to travel around.

Thanks to all of you for the interest in this blog! I hope I was able to communicate the wonderful experience I had a bit – although there just so many little things that made the time special but cannot be summarized in a blog – it is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

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[CSC] Presentation time

Photo 03.09.13 21 59 11Its our final week in Jamnagar and that means its time for our project deliveries. The main parts are a five year strategy delivered as a project and our final presentation which we will delivered tomorrow. So we got the report printed today at a local print shop which is at the same time my favorite store to get my phone topped up. Besides the presentation and the report we also created a toolbox to help retrieving donations – part of the toolbox is the new website @ www.chaitanyatrust.org

 

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