For me, travelling by bike is the best way to learn about people and country. You don ´t see the same if you are travelling with a motorvehicle or a group. The countless conversations with curious, admiring or sometimes contemptuous people gain my experience every time.
Many times I took advantage and cancelled my plans to stay for a day or two with pleasant new friends. The most interesting encounters are if you need technical or other kind of assistance. I can ´t remember that I was refused help in any way. Naturally, by and by you learn your lesson how get in touch with people, as there is the aluminum bottle filled with liquor.To make it easier to start talking, I picked up a convention of seafaring: on the trailer I fix the flag of the country I ´m in, below the flag of Germany, to show where I ´m from. This expresses my respect to my hosts.