Klaus Lüttgen is on the path to make right the relationship with his late father.
The german cyclist passed through Smithers two weeks ago on his four month journey which began in Vancouver.
He’s bringing with him cases-upon-cases of vintage medals from the carnival in Cologne. He’s also bringing with him the spirit of his dad.
Klaus said that in the time leading up to his father’s death the two weren’t speaking, due to some unnamed difference.
Now, the time seemed right to do this trip and somehow reconnect.
“I will bring my father with me on this tour,” he said.
At 52, Klaus said it was now or never to do this trip, one he had been dreaming to do for a long time.
Now he’s left his job behind as he makes his trip.
He takes with him thousands of the Cologne medals, shipped in parcels ahead of him so he doesn’t have to haul all of them at once.
In exchange for people’s kindness, which has been offered in no small supply, he gives people a medal. There have been many people who offer their homes or meals to him as he rides.
He said the kindness offered to him on his trip so far has been excellent, perhaps more friendly than the people he meets in his home country.
His cycling journey will take him to Alaska, then he will return south, taking the ferry from Prince Rupert to Vancouver Island.
“Now I will dedicate this to my father and will speak with him on this tour to Alaska.”
Klaus has his own travel blog you can read at rocktheroads.de. You will likely need to use an online translator to read it, as it’s all in german.