What follows is more information than you probably wanted to know
about Tim and Maxa Burleigh and our approach to bicycling in Germany and Europe.
We are the authors of BicycleGermany.com.
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know. We will pay what your feedback is worth (but do not hold your breath).
Maxa and I are a couple
of baby-boomers from Seattle, USA who enjoy active vacations but not so active
that we need pain killers at the end of the day. Since 1999, we have been traveling
to Germany for up to 3 months and taking bicycle tours. Each self-guided tour
lasts several days. The length of each tour varies from 3 days to 15 days. Some
of the longest tours take several outings to complete them. So far, the longest
tour is the Rhine from Lake Constance to the North Sea. That trip was done over
5 years with 10 days being the longest single ride. The shortest one is the
River Pader, which is a tongue-in-cheek write-up of a short river we encountered
while on the longer trip, the Roman Route.
As mentioned on our
home page, we only provide the information. Leading
tours is too much like hard work for us. Sure, now and then we will take another
couple with us but they are either close friends and/or family members who are
not likely to sue us if we cannot find over-night accommodations and have to
ride an extra 10 or 20 kilometers until we do. That type of thing does not happen
often but just often enough that we simply do not want to hear any grumbling
from the peanut gallery.
My wife Maxa insists that I warn
you at the beginning that some of the following may be tongue-in-cheek. I told
her that everyone will know tongue-in-cheek when they read the silliness I write,
but she points out that few people have as weird a sense of humor as I do and
I should warn folks. So there, now you know.
We were both born on dark and stormy
nights – in log cabins – 10 miles from the nearest school (up hill - both ways
and through five feet of snow with a stiff wind blowing). I my case, the year
was 1948 and the location was Central Montana (Lewistown). If you have ever
been lost trying to find Great Falls or Billings, you may have driven through
this thriving metropolis of about 8,000 inhabitants).
Maxa was born in Germany. It is a long story because she was born during
WWII. Her family lived in Berlin but moved to the outskirts after their home
was bombed out. Anyway, we met in Kassel, Germany but we have lived in the Seattle
area for over 40 years. We have made many trips to Europe (mostly Germany) over
those years. We got the idea over ten years ago to quit the corporate rat race
early and do this bike tour/webpage thing.
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In business, I learned that all respectable groups of people
have a mission statement. Well here is ours: "We endeavor to bring to the
English speaking public, a complete, state of the art, web page promoting self-guided
bicycling tours in Germany. And, we acknowledge that the web page will always
be a work-in-progress that can be improved upon."
We write this website with people like us in mind, i.e., aging boomers who,
unwilling to give in to a sedentary life, want to stay active. We also write
for the people who are bored with traditional European vacations. You know the, "If
its Tuesday, it must be Belgium," kind of bus tour vacation.
We have started an ad hoc club we call the . If you qualify, membership is free, even automatic (and I am sorry
about your knees); there is no membership roster, no meetings, no dues, no nothing.
You may already be a member and not know it. If not, you will probably
join the someday. We welcome you.
(By the way, I am President For Life because I started it and it is my club.)
We ride all of the tours ourselves. Even if we inject a bit
of humor in some of the travelogues, the information given is accurate to the
best of our ability. How accurate is that? Well, we use an altimeter watch which
is not very accurate because it works on barometric pressure. We use cyclometers
for distance measurements which depend on variable tire pressures and average
settings for tire size so there again, the measurement can vary up to 10%.
We encourage feedback from people who have taken our tours and if they have
additional information or corrections to the information we provided, we will
incorporate it into the website where appropriate.
Also, if you find any grammatical or spelling errors, please let me know.
I try hard to get it right but I was educated in public schools so my language
skills in English are almost as bad as my language skills in German; and in
German, I am nearly illiterate.
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