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TDST2017 – Day4: Ljubljana <3

An early start yet again. Today, instead of a clear and blue sky, we’re greeted by heavy humidity and 30m visibility. Packing our TWIKE, we shiver with 9°C and the fog getting everything humid within minutes.   Thankfully, the drive to the ferry is only 5 minutes – this doesn’t change the fact that we […]

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TDST2017 – Day3: Venice, here we come!

We get up early, have a quick coffee as a starter for the day and get into the TWIKE. Our goal for today is to get to Venice as quickly as possible in order to have as much time left over as possible to explore the city together. Since there is a direct Autostrada from […]

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TDST2017 – Day2: Drive-free day in Brescia

Our first drive-free day on our second yearly TWIKE-adventure. We open the window of our room to be greeted not only by a very typical Mediterranean view, but also by a brilliant day awaiting us. Since last time I was in Brescia, I didn’t get to see to much of the city – this time […]

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TDST2017 – Day1: A beautiful drive to Brescia

As always, the last few days before a trip are a whirl of preparations, getting everything done and looking forward to the drive. Weather is forecast to be perfect – my daughter and myself are very much looking forward to our trip together. Saturday morning, it’s still dark outside when we get up and start […]

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TDST2017: Less than a week!

All systems go. New GPS tracking & mapping solution activated and ready TWIKE fully serviced Chocolate buying date set Friends phoned and confirmed Hotel in Venice booked Train back to Switzerland booked Made space on phone’s SD card Tested TW_560’s Twitter feed We’re ready and looking forward to our trip. Due to unforseen complications, I […]

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TDST2017, TW560’s second pan-European trip in 2017

As you might already know, the Austrian part of my family meets up once a year in Styria for a few days of catching-up, eating good food and drinking Styria’s very drinkable white wine. We from Switzerland have been taking part for over a decade now and wouldn’t want to miss this event for nothing […]

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Post-TDE2017 TLC for TW560 (Part 3/3)

Finally, after being very busy, I’m able to conclude TDE2017‘s TLC for TW560. After ~30’000km driven since I bought the new pack, I figured it would be time to see how the cells were doing and balance the pack to restore its full capacity. Unlike my last pack that just had 15 balancer ports, this […]

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Post-TDE2017 TLC for TW560 (Part 2/3)

With part 1/3 TW560 taken care of, it’s time to put my focus on two other issues: After just one day of constant wiper usage during a storm in Hungary, TW560’s acrylic windscreen is badly scratched and needs urgent attention. When the sun or lights from oncoming traffic hits the windscreen, I’m almost blind. Lots […]

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Post-TDE2017 TLC for TW560 (Part 1/3)

Unlike our many other yearly TWIKE adventures, TDE2017 took a heavy toll on TW560. Time to give TW560 some TLC and make TWIKEing great again! 🙂 First stop is at Andreas Martin’s Ksenotek, Switzerland’s newest TWIKE service partner in northern Switzerland. The 360° sphere below was created by me during TWIKE Klub Switzerland’s 2016 general […]

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TDE2017 – Day11: A last climb to 1675m & home sweet home!

Welcome to the last day of our trans-European TWIKE trip, TDE2017. Weather throughout the last few days has been more or less grey and cold. (or just plain horrible). With our roof on, we can brave more or less any kind of weather, but TWIKEing is definitely about the experience with the roof off – […]

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TDE2017 – Day 10: Salzburg and (finally) back to the Alps

I blame, yet again, post-midnight alcohol consumption for us not leaving early… Austria’s very drinkable white wine is just too tasty and chatting with members of my family just makes time fly by much too fast. We bid our farewells until October, where we all will, as every year, meet again in Styria. Driving out […]

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TDE2017 – Day 9: R&R in Linz

We stayed up until way after mid-night. I blame the very tasty white wine. 🙂 Our only drive-free day on this year’s TWIKE adventure is filled with feel-good activities and interesting stuff for my daughter. Exiting the building my uncle lives in, I chuckled at yet again a very Austrian name and the implications it […]

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TDE2017 – Day 8: Bye bye Vienna – hello Linz

Since yesterday’s evening lasted well into the early hours of today, we get up later than usual and have a slow breakfast with my family in Vienna. Eventually, we had to get back on the road to Linz. Fortunately, apart from being overcast, today’s weather was fine. We disconnect the TWIKE and start today’s 180km […]

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TDE2017 – Day 7: No fun!

Even with us both visualizing a sunny day today, we are greeted by heavy rain with interspersed snow flakes. YUK! After breakfast we leave Budapest on the motorway – we don’t like driving along smaller roads when it rains. Should the rain stop later on, we still can leave the motorway and go back to […]

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TDE2017 – Day 6: Hotel Intercontinental to the rescue!

Sun streaming into our room wakes us this morning and we enjoy a beautiful view of Balaton lake. Our breakfast remains in true style of this hotel’s left-over soviet groove: Both my daughter and I don’t feel like eating anything from the warm buffet – both the moltofil-like scrambled eggs and the barely fried bacon […]

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TDE2017 – Day 5: Pushing the limits & welcome Balaton.

Welcome back to our adventure! Today we’re going to drive rather far to reach Balaton lake. Whilst doing so, we will cross most of Slovenia and cross in and out of Croatia before entering Hungary and reaching our destination. After a night of heavy rain and high winds – which we got to feel directly […]

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TDE2017 – Day4: Ljubljana, the one we love

We’re greeted by the new day with many little rays of sun filtering in through the Italian-style rolling blinds. A fully charged TWIKE awaits us outside. With a deep blue sky, our Venetian villa looks even more grand than it did yesterday.   We drive to the ferry port and are on the ferry within […]

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TDE2017 – Day3: Venice, always nice…with less people!

Hi there, we’re back posting. The last few days were a real test for us… internet-wise 🙂 In Switzerland we’ve gotten so used to CA’d-4G with (mobile) download speeds routinely exceeding 200Mbit and uploads around 40Mbit and FTTH slowly being the norm… until you leave the country, that is. The first three days in Italy […]

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TDE2017 – Day2: One blue sky

After sleeping fitfully with the window wide open at -1C and us breathing lots of very fresh air, we are greeted with a magnificent view from our hotel balcony:   Some healthy breakfast options later, we leave our hotel and check our overnight charging station.   It’s this cozy EV feeling that when you get […]

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TDE2017 – Day 1: Well, this was nice…

Welcome to the first entry of this year’s TWIKE adventure, TDE2017! Both my daughter and I have been looking forward to this trip very much, since – at least for the first part – is a re-run of the trip we embarked on last year (TDIN2016) and had to abandon because of some problems. So […]

Getting ready for TDE2017

Wow! Time flies when you’re busy! Just 3 days left before we set off on our trip! During the last two weeks, I’ve been busy adding new features to emissionless.ch and preparing TW560 for its upcoming yearly adventure TDE2017. Last week, whilst I was in London on a business trip, JC took TW560 to Switzerland’s […]

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TDE2017 – 5 weeks to go!

Very happy to announce TDE2017, TW560‘s first long-distance adventure this year. My youngest daughter and I will be driving eastwards – hence the name TDE: Tour de l’est. It’s a longer version of last year’s trip which was cut short due to a TWIKE-related injury. Just 5 weeks to go – we’re looking forward to […]

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TDIN2016 – Day4: Process Excellence & Good News

After not sleeping much for another night, we pack and get ready to be picked up by a medical transport arriving directly from Switzerland. I was expecting them to arrive with Swiss precision at 11am sharp…Which they didn’t because of heavy traffic around Milan that morning – my insurance called me around 9am and apologized […]

TDIN2016 – Day3: Ticking off my bucket list

After not sleeping much during the night, with a swollen leg and pain levels still high, early morning I decide it’s indeed time to go to the hospital. Felice takes me there and we enter the typical chaos of an Italian hospital. I cannot imagine how someone could get any treatment at all here without […]

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TDIN2016 – Day2: “How bad is it?”

I haven’t been updating TDIN20160’s travel-log on a daily basis as usual – in this entry, find out why! But first, back to Day2 of my much-anticipated trip to Austria, via Italy and Slovenia with my youngest daughter. We sleep very well with fresh alpine air and the cozy smell of all the wood in […]