Cycling across the world
German couple travels 40,000 kilometres and take a break in Eidsvold
CYCLING: It was a chance to “get out of the rat race” for German couple Mirko Toth and Ina Bannert, who are travelling across the world on their bikes.
With a quick stop over through Eidsvold, the pair said it was a great way of keeping in shape and a way of spending less.
“Everyday you go to work and have a schedule and we just thought it’d be nice to get out that comfort and go exploring,” Bannert said.
“We started in Germany on April 2015 and went across Western Europe through France, Spain to Portugal and then we flew to New York City across to the United States to San Francisco and then went all the way down to Central America to South America and came to Australia in April this year.
“When we made it to Eidsvold I thought it was a very beautiful town and they have a nice park and the community is very friendly.”
Toth and Bannert started from Tasmania then travelled to Melbourne with just their bikes and a tent.
“Our aim is to travel all across Australia with the next goal to Darwin and back to Melbourne,” Toth said.
“After Darwin we want to go to Asia and from there we want to cycle back home all the way to Germany and it should take another two years. We are going all the way with our bicycles and when we travelled from Germany we rode but at times we had to catch a plane when it was not accessible.”
For this venture to take off, the couple had to save a bit of money.
“We saved some money for this trip so for a long long time you have to save money, you don’t get the luxury of staying in a hotel,” Toth said.
Toth said cycling enabled you to have flexibility with your life.
“Cycling gives you a lot of freedom and independence, we don’t have a schedule and we don’t have a place or a date to be in a place, we can talk to people and it’s a slow way of encountering the culture, the people, and the environment.”
Huge trips would require lots of planning, however there is no planning when it comes to touring Australia. “We always predict at what times we will reach our destination but it’s never precise, if we’re lucky we will reach it within a few days,” Bannert said.
“Every night where-ever we are at 6pm we will pitch a tent and call it a night.” The couple will spent the next two years cycling across Australia to Asia and then will head home to Germany by 2019-2020.
ADVENTUROUS: Mirko Toth and Ina Bannert cycled all the way from Germany to Australia to explore the country and stopped over in Eidsvold.
Ina Bannert and Mirko Toth sitting down having a coffee in Eidsvold before heading to Theodore on their bikes.