Month: June 2009

Europe 2009: Mile 1229

16th April 2009

An easy day – only 65 miles. But such beautiful miles – through woods on quiet curvy country roads. Saw lots of buzzards and other birds of prey and kites. Also saw a deer, a weasel and a fox who ran off to the middle of a field and then sat down and watched us ride past. Magical!
Got to Wittenberg early at about midday and decided to find somewhere to stay. Found the Pension Zur Elbe. On arrival we were treated to a free beer each by the owner which was very nice! The pension itself gets a very worthy

4 sarges out of 5

4 sarges out of 5

Wittenberg Church

Wittenberg Church

I’m still unsure of myself when climbing off the bike. Need more practice I guess. After taking all the luggage up to the room we changed into cooler clothes and wandered into town which was only about 0.5km away. Had a light lunch (well for Germany it was light – mine had lard!) and walked to the church where Luther nailed his 95 theses (well the modern church on the site as the old one burned down. Went looking for a laundry to do our washing but failed. Went to find an eiscafe instead. What a good compromise!

View from room window - Luther church

View from room window - Luther church

After that we went back to the hotel to wash our clothes. Then a bit of a rest (after all eating is hard work!) before heading back into town for dinner. Had a very nice (and big) schnitzel in a hotel/ restaurant/ brewery which is the most brilliant combination. Also tried too much of the breweries dark beer. After that we staggered back to the hotel and bed. Tomorrow we hope to enter Poland.
Lessons Learnt:

  • Sometimes a short day is great and acts as a break
  • Do washing when and where you can – don’t wait for something better
  • Hotels/pensions are great for charging batteries and soap
  • Cafes are great places for sugar and UHT milk/cream
Strawberry ice cream fantasy - delicious!

Strawberry ice cream fantasy - delicious!

Red berry ice cream dessert - oh the choice is so difficult!

Red berry ice cream dessert - oh the choice is so difficult!

Adrian & Isabel

& Mr Teddy

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Europe 2009: Mile 1164

15th April 2009

Another early start. All packed up and away by 9:10. We are getting better! First stopped for petrol and then on to Weimar and the Buchenwald memorial. What a somber thoughtful place! A place of death in a place of such beauty. What mind could think up such a juxtaposition? A place of almost infinite sadness. We spent a quiet time walking around under a hot open sky. It is an example of when a really bad idea meets almost limitless power. Not just content with starving and working the inmates to death they also shot, strangled and infected them as well. The techniques of killing employed are still shocking today. I am glad we visited although saddened that the history here has really not really taught us anything.

From there we traveled on to Jena and a traffic jam. It was boiling! Almost too hot for me. Then on to Naumburg. Because of the heat we decided to go the quick route which meant the Autobahn (A9 / A14). We stopped at some services on the Autobahn. Oh dear! They really are the pits. I mean they are spotlessly clean and the food is good – what are they thinking??

After what seemed like a long distance on the Autobahn we came off it onto a B road and then on to Plötzky and the camping site at Kleiner Waldsee. Quite a nice campsite although we needed to do a bit of offroading over the grass to reach our pitch. Managed that OK thankfully. Overall this campsite gets

4 sarges out of 5

4 sarges out of 5

Put the tent up and went for a beer (Hafferoder – is this becoming a habit?). Made food, had a shower and then to bed. Tomorrow plan a much shorter trip to Wittenberg – only about 60 miles but we need a break. All-in-all a day for doing a lot of thinking and soul-searching. These are the days that I need to live.

Lessons Learnt:

  • When visiting somewhere only plan on doing at most about 80 miles afterwards
  • Cities = Traffic Jams 🙁
  • Humanity doesn’t learn from its mistakes in general

Adrian & Isabel

& Mr Teddy

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