After my night out in Hamburg, I jumped on a train (a little hung over) the very next day to go visit my cousin Sam in Copenhagen. It took about 4 hours by train, and I’m glad I didn’t ride because the weather was pretty miserable.
I didn’t know this but they actually take the train over the water by ferry! There’s a special entrance on the ferries foe the trains, and you kinda just roll on like q car would. It was pretty cool.
My time in Copenhagen was spent chilling with Sam, sight seeing, eating, and drinking at an Aussie bar.
Also I think I saw blue sky for all but an hour while I was in Copenhagen. It was 15 degrees in the middle of their summer. Meanwhile back home in Sydney it was 15 degrees in the middle of winter.
After two days I was back in Hamburg preparing for the next 400km leg of the journey.
Hamburg to Uelzen
Total distance: 105km. Total time: 7hrs
I’m getting in a bad habit of starting late, so I wasn’t out and on the road until 9:30 or so. But after 5 days off, it was glorious getting back on my bike. I was getting itchy to get moving again.
Stopped for lunch at some point.
Two things I noticed that day riding: firstly, the riding was slowly starting to get more undulating, secondly, the countryside has a lot more pine forests. Which was great for me because I free camped that night. I called the campground ahead of time to let them know I would be late, but they didn’t speak English. So I just picked a spot in the woods and it was beautiful.
Things I’ve noticed about pine forests: there’s a bird that sounds like a dying adult male and it freaked the hell out of me when I first heard it. There’s no grass, it’s all moss and your feet sink into it and it creeped me out a little. Pine cones suck to sleep on. The wind sounds lovely passing through pine trees, and finally, virtually no animals seem to live in pine forests except birds.
Uelzen to Wolfsburg
Total distance: 65km. Total time: 4.5hrs.
This time I was up and out at 7:30am. I was seeing a friend in Wolfsburg who I hosted in Sydney, and I wanted to get there to actually spend some time with her.
I followed a path by the side of a river for virtually the entire ride. Flat and direct. I loved it. Then rode into Wolfsburg at about 2pm.
Basically Chiara shoved all the sightseeing she could for me, into about 4 hours in the afternoon, before we went home to make dinner and have a shot of tequila. A thing to note about Wolfsburg; it’s the home of Volkswagen, and the company pretty much runs the town.
Then we made plans to see each other in Berlin this Friday. I did offer her the opportunity to join me on my bike ride, but she decided to take the train, which I think was fair enough.
Wolfsburg to Tangermünde
Total distance: 96km. Total time: 7.5hrs
I left at about 9am, and bought myself something to eat for the day. The great thing about Germany is there is a town with a supermarket every 20km or so. So I never ever have to worry about food.
I almost missed the campsite that day, and was about to ride out of town to the nearby forrest, when someone saw the lost look on my face and pointed me in the right direction. I’m so glad I found the campsite because the town was beautiful to explore.
Tangermünde to Berlin
Total distance: 124km. Total time: 8.5hrs.
Early start, it was nothing special.
And I just followed my GPS to the city of Berlin via country roads.
I didn’t really take any photos of the city as I was making my way through it because I was pretty intent on getting to my hostel. Instead, here’s a photo of me in bed the morning after my big night out in Berlin.
Get wrecked mate!