2 people + 17,000 kms + 1 year + 2 bicycles = an adventure of a lifetime! This couple from Switzerland travelled 17,000 kms on bicycles to watch their son compete at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Freestyle skier Mischa Gasser’s father and step-mother left their home, 70 kms from Zurich, last year in February to cycle across the world. After a 17,000 kms journey that took them through 20 countries, the couple finally arrived at Pyeongchang on Tuesday.
“To arrive here and see my son waiting for us. We were really touched. I had no words,” Guido Huwiler told Reuters Television.
The couple told Reuters Television that cycling everyday was difficult and they faced many challenges in their one-year long journey. The toughest challenge, they said, was travelling through the Pamir Highway, that is more than 4000 meters in height as the highway crosses several Central Asian countries.
“We were really tired afterward. We were finished and had to recover for two to three weeks,” he said.
Recounting another challenge they faced in their journey, the couple told how at the Chinese border they were refused visas because of Guido’s beard.
Before reaching Pyeongchang, the couple camped outdoors in subzero temperatures in South Korea.
Huwiler also told that their 26-year-old son has dreamt of competing at the Olympics since he was 4 and watching his dream come true was overwhelming.
“I think it’s most important that he lives his dream and I just wish to be close to him when he gets this moment,” Huwiler said.
After cheering their son, the couple wants to continue their journey through South Korea, before they fly to Japan and get their visas for China, Russia and Mongolia. Yes, they want to continue their adventure across Asia before heading home!
“We are crazy!,” Huwiler added with a laugh!
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