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2008: Europe

Fri 20.6. Wolfsburg - Brandenburg, 166km (7:55)

At the bike shop "Vogel" I have ordered a new rear wheel, which was completed friday morning, it delayed the trip by one day. Now I have a "hohlkammerfelge" with zinc enhanced spokes and a new hub, total Euro 118.50 - very much for my small budget. He showed me not a 3-fold SRAM circuit, inside a hub, a 3x8 to 3 times extended, 3x8x3 ca Euro 250 for that - what I consider it in the future. To go around 10:30, only Wolfsburg through, then Velpke and Gardelegen, with a small detour. With a tail wind I'm doing well after nearly a week without biking. On the B188 direction Stendal, where I look for a bicycle and some cyclist give me hints, and show me a route alongside the main road along the railway track as well. The short bike paths are good, but the agricultural roads are not marked as bike paths, there are a long bike trails, especially around Stendal difficult to spot. Also it irritates me about "Wittenberge" and "Lutherstadt Wittenberg". Finally, do I cross the Elbe on a bridge built in 2000, on a bicycle trail. Genthin, and then on the B1 towards Brandenburg, straight road through the forest. Around 20:30, at a clearing I put up my tent. Thanks!

Fallersleben, Wolfsburg
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Elbebrücke
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Sat 21.6. Brandenburg - Berlin, 139km (8:40)

8:10 depature, at 6:00 some raining. Still 12km to Brandenburg, passing through the city, then to Potsdam, about 30km - once approached I visit Sanssouci, very nicely the New Palace and the garden and the small buildings distributed in the park, the Rose Garden doesn't bloom yet, but you can imagine how wonderful it looks like when it will bloom. An eldery woman helps me getting from Potsdam to Berlin on a bicycle trail, in general people are very helpful and nice. At the southwestern border city of Berlin via B1, there are bike trail, "Mitte 26km" - up to 26km to reach Berlin Mitte! I ride the B1 as far as possible, it is partly turns into highway, so I get off and back on the B1 - until I arrive at Potsdamer Platz. Go to the Brandenburg Tor, 17 Juni street down, and also to the Alexanderplatz, then Siegessäule - I like it very much. The city isn't in rush, more soothed - I like it. Around 18:30 I start to ride from the city outside, first south, then I ask around, but the berliner know their city is not so good; so I look after maps posted at bus stations to locate where I am and this way make my way until city border on B96, 20:30. Then B96 turns into a highway - bicycle ban, I detour and ride through small villages and find a site - was a beautiful day in Berlin, I have enjoyed very much. Thanks!

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Sanssouci, Potsdam
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Sanssouci, Potsdam
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Sanssouci, Potsdam
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Brandenburger Tor, Potsdam
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Potsdam
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Berlin
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Brandenburger Tor, Berlin
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Brandenburger Tor, Berlin
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Berlin
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Siegesäule, Berlin
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Berlin
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Sun 22.6. Berlin - Dresden, 168km (9:56)

7:10 departure, slept very badly, in the neighbourhood they celebrated loud some football event again until morning at 4:00, at 6:00 the phone battery was empty and it voiced its warning, hardly slept 2 hours, on hard and uneven ground. Cloudless sky - will become a warm day. The B96 is still not available for me - then finally the B96 becomes accessible once it connected the big Berlin Highway Ring, and becomes normal street. Zossen, Luckau, there are tedious highway-like roads again, at the centre, but there is a sign "all directions" and end up on the bicycle banned road - of extreme stupidity. Finally Finsterwalde, then I must take a diversion, Lichterfeld, Sallgast to Ruhland. The nature and the forest or the forests are wonderful, a treasure the east of Germany. Continue to Ortrand, then a nature protection area around Zornach, shortly before Radeburg I find a place that I recommended by a woman who has a part with friends, she also recommends me the Elbe bicycle trail from Dresden to Prague. It was a very hot day, total 4l Ice Tea and 3l drinking water and still thirsty. Two times I asked for water and I've got 3l water, enough to wash myself extensively even too aside drinking. Thanks!

Handdriven gate . . .
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6000km: Radeburg before Dresden (Germany)
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