My journey on bike for peace through all of Europe

 

Delayed for the moment due to lack of support. Supporters welcome.

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Since I still can´t get a cab-licence for France this year and am fed up for the moment with cab-driving anyway I now have an exciting new plan – I´d like to officially introduce my journey through Europe by bike, as planned from spring 2013 on!

I´m giving it the a bit poetic-resonant name “a long line of hearts” (to which I have already began to text and compose a little song, too).

It will be under the motto peace, reconciliation, togetherness, justice, protection and preservation of nature and environment in Europe and elsewhere, against a Europe, a world, of corporations, for a Europe, a world, of the people and most of all – of hearts.

About that, the slogan, using the multiple meaning of the word “line”, is indicating in one sense one, long, line, that the route draws on the map, as well as a row, so figuratively one can imagine this endlessly long line as an endlessly long row, too, a row of people who I want to meet and who´s hearts I´d like to touch.

After some back and forth the start as well as the finish shall be Freiburg i.Br., in Germany, the route roughly estimated 20.000 km, touching almost all countries, about 40, of Europe and their capitals, time of journey roughly estimated 3 years. The idea is that the whole thing will self-carry financially, through sponsoring, donations and also the helpfulness of the people en route. Yet, in the bike-trailer that I will also carry along, there will be my, as the trained masseur I am,  collapsible massage bench, to all those who are willing to take me up and support me I am offering a one-hour massage in return! Also, my skills in guitar and vocals are almost back in shape again, so I should be able to give enough back to motivate someone to put me up for a night, I only need a place to crash and could do with last day´s spare bread from the bakery, which they´d normally chuck, for a while, yet I will also take along a small tent to be independent.

For it is a very important principle for me, that I don´t want to bum myself through Europe, instead it should be that whoever has done me a favour can expect that I am gladly willing to return it! That I will give back every cent I might have spare at the end of this journey, through the expectable public interest and its marketability, to the people that had supported me.

Another important principle of this journey is that Germany´s position and significance within Europe shall thereby be pointed out, the route leads in and out again, to remind this country at its responsibility for Europe! Germany is the heart of Europe and this heart shall beat for Europe!

I´d like to portray all the places, people and human encounters on the way, especially I want to dedicate myself to the concerns and troubles of small people, how they look at Europe and how they would want Europe to be, I am not going to depict a Europe of elites, from politics, economy and science, but a Europe of the people!

Another focus will be of course the area taxi, I want to address specifically colleagues and portray their stories and concerns and would hope to get special support there, as well. Whenever I will be around in the German-speaking area, I will offer readings of my books too, of course.

Considerable motivation for me concerning peace and reconciliation of course is – and by all means, I surely won´t leave this out  – that I have made very bitter experiences with a woman that has showed herself unforgiving towards me for over five years and most of all the most bitter experiences, yet, with the folks around her and the reactions of all the people that knew of it, yet remained silent. Here too it is visible that our society is still far from peace and reconciliation, here too the discrepancy shows that our world spends many, many billions for arms, war and destruction, but only a few hundred of thousands for research about peace and those mechanisms ultimately leading to hate and violence and thus the lack of peace.

Other than originally planned I will put those experiences with that woman, about which I have after all written a large book in after all soon six editions, completely in the background, yet, I have left my small personal hurt far behind and see myself now as a part of a big picture, for so many people suffer from injustice day by day and often they are not even capable of fighting against it.

Therefor this journey now has taken on a more political aspect, though I still intend, despite my rather free believe, which is not bound to any confession, to pray in churches of all confessions for peace, simply, because it is a strong and obvious signal for peace and reconciliation, that yet also appeals to people who´d rather not be involved in politics. Thereby I´d like to aim right at Europe´s two main religions, Christianity and Islam in my effort for reconciliation, for this is exactly and simply of the most immense importance for our century, so that no one, who seriously wants to advocate for peace can go round it. Like “Mahatma”Mohandas K. Gandhi said, “I am a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, and a Jew”, I want to say a prayer for peace in churches of all religions and there, where it is not possible, I will have at least tried.

A particular emphasis will be, yet, to hand over, at each seat of government, yes, in each town hall on the way, a petition for peace, unity and social justice, yes, like in medieval times I want to call on barons and bishops, yet talk in favour of the people and, close to the end, hand over one to the pope himself. Should the journey have gone along as planned why would he not accept it.

As a matter of course I will keep on blogging and post daily, but this in English, of course, though I know some French and bits of Spanish and Italian. But the journey will lead through many areas of different languages and therefor this is my pleading for English as the world language, still better than Mandarin in my eyes.

I know this is a bold and daring undertaking, people may find it hard to believe in me being able to do this, I myself still have difficulties about it, yet I can look back now on after all 20 years, where I again and again had a go at things I first though impossible and that I have after all achieved some modest success therein.

Still, as much as I may advertise for it is likely I won´t get much support at first and I will have to brace myself for a rough start, where I will have to improvise a good deal – I am braced for it. But once the first step has been made there will be support and encouragement, I am sure about that. The best publicity for this trip is the trip itself, not do to a lot of premature fussing about, but to get on the bike and do the job.

A good start for the whole venture at least is now that I, according to my special bond to the French town Colmar, opposite Freiburg on the other side of the Rhine, have chosen it to be my first initial milestone and that I agreed with the coordinators of the association www.transrhinrail.eu (Fr.) or www.freiburg-colmar-bahn.eu (G.), which deal with the initiation of a new rail bridge over the Rhine at Breisach to connect the German town Freiburg with the French Colmar, that I can express my utmost solidarity with the project the best way, if we´d meet at that point at the Rhine where the future bridge likely will be, for a photo-shooting, with me and my bike with trailer and the two boards on either side it, displaying the logo of this journey. A minimum of media interest is already guarantied for that, I hope in the end it will be a lot.

For this journey I don´t hold a copyright, yes, many have done things alike, may many more follow this example, it would a pleasure and delight for me. I will hit the road on my own, yet whoever who´d wish to accompany me, at least for a bit, is warmly invited.

The song:

A long line of hearts 
© Jochen Lembke (guitar and vocals)

Chorus 1 (before each verse).
A long line of hearts,
a long line of hearts,
for peace and unity,
a long line of hearts!

A long line of hearts,
a lo-ong line of hearts,
for peace and unity,
a long line of hearts!

Verse 1. Luxembourg, Andorra, Spain and Portugal,
I´m calling on your governments to end this damn abuse,
France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium
break corporations power, take the banksters on a leash,

Chorus 2 (after each verse).
and I say!
We want peeea-ce!
We want riii-ights!
We want social justice
and that´s why I´m doing this!

2. Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland,
I´m calling on your governments to watch those close who are in control
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia
ban crooks who call themselves politicians, put corruption to a halt

3. Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Czechia, Austria
I´m calling on your governments to end those senseless quarrels
Slovakia and Hungary, Moldova, Romania
instead work together and join in for a Europe, a world, of the people

4. Turkey and Bulgaria, Macedonia and Greece
I´m calling on your people to embrace yourself as brothers and sisters
Albania and Montenegro, Bosnia and Serbia
have faith in you, to love and follow your heart, again

5. Croatia and Slovenia, Liechtenstein, San Marino
I´m calling on your people and I´m calling straight for action
Italy and Vatikan, Monaco, Switzerland
let´s show them our strength let´s build us a house where we wanna live in

Post on TDO: Just in time for spring, here´s the song!

(This post goes also on the other forums in G, AU and F.)

I know this song still sounds awful and the recording is not completely to blame for it, it´s more that I had no practice in the past 11 years, where I focused on writing. 

But this doesn´t matter, here too I show one more time my ability to improvise, to accept me for what I am, to make the most out of nothing and to go right ahead!

Would I plan this trip from A to Z I´d still be stuck in 10 years, instead I want to leave in barely 2 months, I feel like shit and I don´t even have a bike, let alone money and even if this sounds so awful that people pay me to stop torturing them, I will head off!

The current status on the forums is approx 1000 views on the German, 1500 on the Austrian (because I´m new there and there are also Germans reading along) and France 300. Two, three people on those forums each have encouraged or even offered me to put me up or to come along a bit, the least interest so far was in England with only 250 views and all they so far had to say was they want to leave the EU anyway (which I doubt) and that I should let them know the fuel-prices in each country I will have filled up, it didn´t even stick with them that I only intend to refill my stomach on the way to be able to keep on cycling!

Other than that, I don´t want to complain, more advance praise is not to be expected – but what´s really disappointing, everybody wants peace and cooperation in Europe, but free of charge! Europe should, if anything, only offer advantages!

No one wants another 1939, but no one feels like raising a hand for it to prevent this from happening again!  No one wants neoliberalism anymore but no one feels like raising a hand for that this awful thing vanishes for good!

This non-political irresponsible attitude of a whole generation has brought us into this mess! Everybody is called on to change this!

Image
Thanks to lucky circumstances this vid is already embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqldstPH3pw

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About Jochen Lembke

Europe's cab-driving writer
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5 Responses to My journey on bike for peace through all of Europe

  1. Pingback: Mein neustes Projekt | Jochen Lembke, Europas taxifahrender Schriftsteller

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  3. asif hussain shah says:

    great job

  4. Pingback: Meine Europareise mit dem Fahrrad für Frieden, Einheit und soziale Gerechtigkeit ab dem 28.4.2013, Start/Ziel Freiburg i.Brsg. | Jochen Lembke, Europas taxifahrender Schriftsteller

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