A couple of weeks ago, I added www.pushbikegirl.com, which is the travel blog of Heike Pirngruber, to the list of cycling travel blogs that I visit on a regular basis. Heike is cycling through a few of the countries that I would like to visit on my next trip, and keeps her blog in both English and in German. Like so many cycling travel blogs, it deserves to get as much exposure as possible. After swapping a couple of emails, I asked Heike Pirngruber if she would answer a few questions for my Meet the Cyclists feature, and I hope you too will visit her blog on a regular basis and spread the word.
Meet the Cyclists – Heike Pirngruber
Tell us briefly about yourself
So far I have been to 77 countries and I hope I will add a lot more to my list. But I don't want to just tick them off that list, I really would like to explore them.
Sport was always really important for me. With a sporty family background, I spent a lot of time playing handball and tennis, judo, cycling and sport climbing.
For many years I worked as a camera woman for Germany's biggest broadcast station, ZDF. My work took me to many locations and events around the world. I am also a professional photographer.
I have pedalled through Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Georgia and Armenia. In total 10.000km so far.
Iran will be next. Once it gets warmer I will continue through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Then either Mongolia or Japan and Korea. South East Asia, mainly Northern Laos, Northern Vietnam and Myanmar, as well as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and finally Australia.
I have only a rough plan and no fixed return date. I guess it will take at least 2 years to cover the whole distance to Australia, but who knows what I have in mind when I finally arrive Australia. I might even continue.