Category Archives: Slovakia

My Central Europe (Prague to Vienna) Bike Tour Packing List

Here’s a detailed look at each and every item I packed and carried with me on my 2018 summertime bike tour across Central Europe (including the week-long stretch I did from Prague to Vienna). As I’ve said with all of my previous bike tour packing lists, I encourage you to use this packing list as […]

Cycling in Eastern Europe: Popular Bike Routes & Safest Countries

young Man on a bike tour in Eastern Europe

Hi. My name is Darren Alff… and for the last 18 years I have been traveling around the world on my bicycle. I’ve pedaled by bike hundreds of thousands of miles/kilometers and I’ve ridden across dozens of different countries on multiple continents all around the world. In fact, I’ve cycled across every country in Europe […]

The Best Moments Of 2014 – Plus, The Lessons I Learned Along The Way

2014 has been a pretty amazing year… and I wanted to take a moment to look back on everything that’s happened. Over the last 12 months I have cycled across 15 different countries on 3 different continents (North America, Europe and Asia); I published the new and improved version of “The Bicycle Touring Blueprint” – […]

It’s The People You Meet Along The Way That Make Bike Touring So Special

It’s kind of cliche, but it’s also terribly true. One of the best things about bicycle touring is the people you meet along the way. But meeting someone special takes time. It doesn’t happen every day. If you travel alone (the way I do much of the time), weeks can pass before you have an […]

My Review Of The Danube Waltz Boat & Bike Tour With Rad & Reisen

Prepare yourself for a memorable journey down the infamous Danube River on a boat and bicycle touring adventure through four magical European countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. The Danube Waltz Boat & Bike Tour with Rad & Reisen is a unique cycling/cruise ship holiday that, over the course of eight enjoyable days, takes you […]

Photos & Stories From My Boat And Bicycle Touring Adventure On The Danube River

Click here to read my full and detailed review of the Danube Waltz boat and bike tour with Rad & Reisen. In this article I will be sharing with you some additional photos and stories from the bike tour – with a more personal twist. Day 1: Make your way to Passau, Germany My flight […]

Summary Of My 12th Long-Distance Bike Tour

The last 12 months have been amazing. I attended the Sundance Film Festival, saw some of my favorite musicians perform live (including A Fine Frenzy and Nellie McKay), rode a motorcycle across the Western United States and conducted a 10-month-long bicycle tour across 20 European countries. In this article I aim to summarize my thoughts […]

Writing My “Winter Cycling” Book In Cadca, Slovakia

It has been a pretty uneventful week here in Cadca, Slovakia. I went on a few short hikes in the mountains around the city, but I spent most of my time locked away inside my hotel room, putting the finishing touches on the rough draft of my new book about WINTER CYCLING. I promised myself […]

Skiing In Oscadnica, Slovakia

I went skiing in Oscadnica, Slovakia yesterday. I woke up early, hopped on the 7:45 AM bus from Cadca to Oscadnica, then jumped on another local bus that took me up to the nearby ski resort. Then I found a small rental shop where I paid 20 Euros for the rental of a pair of […]

Cycling From Poland To Slovakia: Day 3

Day 3 of my bike ride from Krakow, Poland to Cadca, Slovakia was easily one of the most difficult days of bicycle touring I have ever experienced. The distance was a short 52 kilometers, but the roads were uphill most of the way and were usually covered in an inch or more of ice and […]