From the Black Forest to the Black Sea: 1900 Miles Across Europe on Human-Powered Bikes
From the Danube headwaters in the Black Forest of Germany to the ancient city of Constanta, Romania on the Black Sea, Craig and Pamela Mackey pedaled bikes and pulled a trailer 1900 miles. Following the Danube Cycleway (a misnomer as the “cycleway” is actually a combination of paths, country roads, city streets, and very busy highways) the Mackeys traveled through rural and urban Europe at the perfect speed to experience eight different countries, six languages, cathedrals and vineyards, and the wonderful bike culture of Europe. The Mackeys were self-supported. Pamela planned the trip, complete with spreadsheets identifying each day’s segment with potential places to sleep and GPS maps to navigate the 1900 miles. Craig pulled the 50-pound trailer, performed bike maintenance and hugged Pamela when she cried from exhaustion. The Mackeys were joined for various portions of the trip by three other couples, including Chris and Amy Treese from Glenwood Springs. The Mackeys encountered countless guardian angels thru the wonderful kindness of strangers, just when they needed it most.
Through photos, videos and stories, the Mackeys will share the exhilaration, exhaustion, joys and fears experienced in 52 days along the Danube.
About Potbelly Perspectives
ACES’ Potbelly Perspectives speaker series features Aspen locals and visitors who share their exciting accounts of world travel and adventure through images and stories. This series provides an opportunity for community-building and story-telling that engages Aspen locals and visitors alike. Hot tea, cold beer, and light snacks will be provided.
Thank you to Aspen Brewing Company & Capitol Creek Brewery for their support!