We're Sara and Andreas and we left Switzerland in Summer 2019 with our bicycles.
Unfortunately we had to take a break in February 2020 due to the Corona Pandemic
and are currently back in Switzerland for a few months. Which does not mean
that we've stopped cycling, bikepacking and looking for adventures.
Here is where we are going to keep you updated on our past and future adventures.
Where and when did we meet?
We met 2005 at a music festival where we both were working. During a break Sara wanted to see The Queens of the Stone Age and Andreas joined her. Half a year later we started travelling together and we haven't stopped since.
When did we start cycling longer distances?
At one point Sara, who had always cycled aroud her hometown, got herself a roadbike and got Andreas into cycling as well. At first he didn't seem too keen on riding up mountains wearing lycra. Nowadays he can't think of a better way to spend his free time.
When did we start bikepacking?
Before getting into cycling we had travelled extensively as backpackers in the Middle East and Asia. We soon discovered that we really like to travel with our bicycles and the least luggage as possible. So we started bikepacking in different regions of Europe before beginning to do the same in Thailand. This is how we have been spending all our holidays of the last years. With one exception: Andreas rode through California with his touring bike and a typical touring set-up. Since then he has been dreaming of a longer trip by bike.
When did we decide to start Project Pedal Further?
We had been talking about a sabatical for a long time. Around spring 2017 we started thinking about a longer trip by bicycle. We knew that we had to pass a test first before setting off for a year. So in summer 2018 we decided to ride from Geneva to San Remo with our gravel bikes and everything we needed to "survive" without sleeping in hotels and eating in restaurants. We tried to ride as much gravel roads as possible and really test the gear we had with us. As we loved every single day off the beaten tracks we came back home knowing that we would give up our jobs and our home within a year and give bikepacking life and Project Pedal Further a go.