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“It used to be my lifelong dream to do a shuttle within the Americas via bicycle,” mentioned Sascha Kurhajec. The 45-year-old bike owner from Germany says that whilst he has been cycling ever since being ‘inflamed’ via the traveling biking ‘malicious program’ over 15 years in the past, he has toured over Europe (together with a two-year cycle round Europe), however had by no means made a shuttle to the USA.
He used to be focused on taking a excursion over the American continent, however had but to take action – till November of 2019.
On Friday, Nov. 15, Kurhajec started his first adventure thru The us after his airplane landed in Miami, Fla.
“It took me a very long time to return to the USA,” Kurhajec explains. “I suppose, as a German, you at all times have some roughly stereotype for American citizens from motion pictures or other people you may have met, or other people you recognize who’ve met American citizens.”
Kurhajec remarks that he used to be stunned to start with via the scale of American cars, noting that it might “be a little bit frightening” as a bike owner to be approached at the roadside via a large SUV or truck.
In spite of his preliminary hesitation referring to American stereotypes, Kurhajec says that “thus far, other people had been very respectful.”
“I have been in reality blown away via the friendliness of the folks,” added Kurhajec. “Other folks have arise and talked to me simply because they noticed the bicycle; they have been in reality, in reality pleasant and alluring.”
After starting his trek in Miami in mid-November, Kurhajec started his adventure thru Florida and in early December, entered the Tallahassee space.
“I had deliberate to stick for 2 days in Tallahassee,” he explains. “I had a while left over, and did some quick using. I finished up right here, unintentionally.”
He hadn’t deliberate to prevent, a lot much less keep, in Monticello, however he ended up visiting the Monticello-Jefferson County Chamber of Trade, and assembly the chamber’s government director, Katrina Richardson.
Whilst Kurhajec packs a tent with a purpose to sleep anyplace with no need to seek out lodgings in a resort throughout his shuttle, he says that the chilly snap which North Florida used to be experiencing on the time used to be somewhat cooler than he most well-liked when tenting outside. It used to be Richardson, subsequently, who referred him to a few Monticello locals who often host visiting cyclers of their house.
“It is been an incredible enjoy. I didn’t be expecting to be so welcomed into your great little the city,” states Kurhajec.
For his first shuttle thru the USA, Kurhajec plans to proceed preserving alongside the states which border the Gulf of Mexico, and plans to shuttle into Texas, the place he’ll meet some buddies who reside within the southeastern portion of the state.
From there, he hopes to show south and shuttle into Mexico, with the function to look as a lot of Latin The us as he can earlier than desiring to go back house.
“As a Ecu, I most effective have a 90-day visa,” Kurhajec explains, so the space by which he’ll shuttle throughout his shuttle shall be made up our minds via what number of days he has left on his visa. In spite of the time constraints, Kurhajec says he is not dashing issues.
“I am in love with this fashion of touring,” he says. “I in reality need to simply be capable to benefit from the adventure.”
Even if he is not touring international continents or biking throughout Europe, Kurhajec nonetheless reveals himself peddling thru Berlin as a qualified bike owner.
For 5 years, Kurhajec says he has labored as a pedi-cab driving force in Berlin, Germany, for a part of the yr – leaving him open to shuttle and enjoy the arena right through the remainder of the yr.
“From March in the course of the fall, I cycle vacationers round Berlin, provide an explanation for the attractions and highlights. I take them to important puts and introduce them to native meals,” he says.
It will not be touring the arena and seeing new websites, however even biking vacationers across the town the place he makes his house is crucial a part of his existence.
“Bicycling appears to be my life-long pastime,” he laughs. “As a child, after I found out bicycling, I additionally found out such a lot freedom,”
Biking, for Kurhajec is greater than a interest or a career, it’s a possibility at an approach to life of freedom – be that the liberty to discover the USA or to excursion Europe for 2 years.