Cycling in Germany was not bad as I expected. If you cycle over Holland you think that it can be only worse and worse. But it wasn´t! There have not been such hills to gave up! The cycle paths are in a quite good condition, sometimes they are shared with the pedestrians so it can be a bit uncomfortable to cycle on but nothing so disastrous!
More distracted was my mood. Further, I cycled to the direction of the Czech Republic the landscape was changing and reminding me home and my childhood! The smell of mackerel bbq; wheat, and corn fields; the bunches of straw; starks having their nests on the tall chimneys; flying “luckiness”; thistles; mosquitos; and tractors; conifers and the scent of a pitch!
Here is what I took on my phone, if it was not out of battery!
Sometimes it was rainy but I got very good advice from the couchsurfer Jan in Winsum, the Netherlands and bought a very good rain jacket! However, sometimes it was worth to hide anyway.
I enjoyed stopping at Restplatz set along the way, saw those little sculptures of dwarfs in the gardens and behind the windows, passed by the hunters´ festivals and stopping on the border where Germany and thus the whole Europe was divided into the West and East block. Obviously, I cycled in the football period which means that everybody was watching!
My favourite part of cycling came when my friend Zoli joined me =) He took the train from Berlin and cycled with me for two days! We were camping in the corn field, having the coffee and the scrambled eggs in the local cafe, he helped me to carry the trailer and I managed to break my pannier rack. We were a bit delayed and wanted to have proper time to rest and have the beer together before his train back departs. So we decided to take the train from Dessau-Roßlau to Lutherstadt Wittenberg and enjoyed it all! Here are some pictures which mainly Zoli took.
From there I continued again alone and hoped I could see my other friends in Dresden. Well, the time did not allow us so I stayed with some nice people from Warm showers and followed Elbe to the Czech borders. I think the cycle path along the Elbe is just amazing! Especially, my last day in Germany I was going the whole day along the Elberadweg (The Elbe cycle path), stopping just to have some nice coffee with a bird and finish the letter. My phone was nearly dead so I did not take so many pictures, so I guess you will have to visit this part of the paradise by yourself!
In Dresden I took the picture of the view to the city centre. Somebody wrote on the path “FIGHT SEXISM”, the few hours later I was practising it in Dolní Žleb, the Czech Republic. When cycling I saw some boy repairing his bike, I stopped and asked if he needs any help. He had a puncture and no kit to repair. Well, actually I did not have a kit neither because I donated the glue few days before to one daddy who was about to repair his daughter´s broken dingy. I had a spare inner tube instead so I started to repair the puncture. He was shy and still repeating that it should be the other way around. He should know how to repair it because he is the boy. I say – the girl knows it too! During the journey, I had three punctures, lost screw from the rare wheel and broken pannier rack. There were always some good people around who helped me out of the troubles but I am happy I know how to help myself too!
I think cycling from Dresden took me some while. I really wished to be finally at home, but at the same time, I knew that the adventure is about to finish. My tempo was slow and I was just enjoying watching everything around. When I was very near to the border I heard first Czech sentences. One of them came from the father of the family on the cycling tour. They were resting next to the path and the father said: “So alright we gonna vote. Who is up to go back?” All three kids were shouting: “Me! Me! Me!”. I was touched and on the edge of the cry. When I crossed the Czechoslovakian border (yes the time stop around Labská stezka), I started to cry like a small girl. On the table, there was a sticker saying “Who is at home here?”. I suddenly felt that I do not want to have more stories, adventures or new friends but it is the time to go home! Well, next cycling adventure is just behind the corner!
I cycled along Labe (Elbe) until Ústí nad Labem and took the last train to Prague. The full moon was accompanying me and the biggest hill of the trip was at Kamýcká street in Praha-Suchdol!!!