Since the last month I imagined how it would be to make the last preparations for the big cycling project “tour4life” to India. Especially when facing the last hurdles of getting my degree in geoecology and wondering about the lacking resulting responsibility of this kind of knowledge in this society orientated on money and reputation, I dreamed of the days filled with cycling, meeting people from other countries and the freedom of being on the way. Before the start of such a tour there are many materials to be bought, many doctors to be visited, many things to be organized, many maps to be looked at, many documents to be filled and many people to be contacted and many goodbyes. For a final test of the equipment my girlfriend and I cycled 600 km along the Rhine from Mainz (Germany) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Now there are only 2 weeks left before jumping on the cycle and heading east.