Die Friedl in Frankreich

Ina and Eckhard Friedl are true B-Turtle pioneers. From the end of July til the mid of August they were “turteling” 1060 km from Germany to the french coast in three weeks. “Slow down ” and “dare an adventure”, those were the main arguments for Ina and Eckhart to choose this completely new way of travelling. At the campsite Rheindorf near Düsseldorf, where we met them for an interview they told us about their travel equipment, how they planned their tour, and how they experienced travelling with the B-Turtle.

Thanks to their permission, we are allowed to make the full video available for you on YouTube. The hard facts are summed up below in written form.

The interview: B-Turtle adventure through France | Travel Report

 

Hard facts about the interview

Names of the bike travelers: Ina & Eckhard

Motivation for the B-Turtle adventure: Slow down and go for a new adventure

The tour: all together 1060km: From Mülheim an der Ruhr by train to Trier, along the Mosel, parallel to Luxembourg and further along rivers and canals to the Somme mouth at the canal coast in France (no exact stage planning) and in sections by bike and by train back to Mülheim an der Ruhr.

Terrain & road conditions: asphalt, normal gravel, coarse gravel, unpaved towpaths, cobblestones, concrete slabs

ø  km/day: 50-70 km

Where did they sleep? at the campsite, on private properties, or even „wild“ next to the canal

Which bikes were used?

  • 1x B-Turtle
  • 1x e-bike with 500 kWh (no additional battery)
  • 1x normal bicycle
  • The whole equipment was carried in the transport tray of the B-Turtle, in 2 cases on the  luggage rack and 4 sidely placed bicycle bags (two per bicycle)..

Equipment

On the bikes:

  • 1x bicycle case as mobile kitchen with gas cartridges, plates, cutlery, pots, bowls, cups, glasses, cutting boards, spices, etc.
  • 2x bicycle bags with bedding: 2x duvets + inflatable pillows
  • 1x bicycle case as „wardrobe“
  • 2x bicycle bags for rainwear, jackets, towels and sanitary ware

In the transport tray of the B-Turtle:

  • plastic boxes for snacks and the dog food
  • plastic box for the grocery shopping
  • bottle carrier for bottle transport (water bottles, wine, thermos jug etc.)
  • a small water boiler
  • 2x omfortable small foldable chairs for sitting and relaxing, 1x folding chair as table picnic blanket
  • picnic blanket
  • water bag with shower hose and one folding canister folding bucket
  • folding bucket
  • mobile Toilette
  • 1x light box with cables, adapter, charger and repair kit
  • 1x light box with new bath and swimming towels

Estimated total weight: about 30kg in the transport tray of the B-Turtle and about 10-15 kg per bike

Experience when taking the train:

  • help is required when the trailer is loaded
  • Important note: Belgian railroad refused to take the bike trailer!

Experiences with the e-bike battery: 500 kWh on one day never completely emptied, always recharged in the evening, they would not recommend to carry a second battery

Go uphill: medium slopes can be done without problems when pedalling on high power stage, when it comes to extreme slopes, it is necessary to  push the bicycle.

Driving experience while “turteling”: at the beginning they could still notice the trailer, after a while they almost forgot about it

B-Turtle set-up: inflated with a hand pump, would do it like this again

Next B-Turtle journey: again through France

 

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Pictures provided by ©Ina and Eckhard Friedl