South from Hamburg

2019/08/28 – 09/03: Hamburg to Mühlhausen, 1,750 km so far
Originally, we’d intended to travel south via the “Romantic Road”, but we were advised by several cyclists that this would be very touristy and the terrain does not feature interesting cycling. So Carsten drew up a new shorter route, that features good cycling terrain as well as Medieval towns and villages. It’s such good cycling that on several climbs we found ourselves overtaken by roadies from Denmark and the Netherlands.

Carsten’s route is on our GPS as a gpx file, and each day it leads us on a magical mystery tour on and off road. We never know what surprises are in store. From a cycling viewpoint the 22 km descent through Harz National Park, mainly on a paved forest path, has been the most memorable to date.

We left Hamburg by train, taking us out of Hamburg by about a day’s ride south. After a few hours ride, we stopped at the otter centre (Otter zentrum), where we spent several hours. 

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The second day featured a descent, to a medieval village, that included a short stretch what would best described as mountain biking. 

The next day we crossed the former Iron Curtain line a couple of times and passed a short section of the wall. 

Somehow, the remaining part of the wall did not look so bad, probably because there was no electric fence, no-mans land, barbed wire, or watchtower. However, in the next town, where we stayed, artwork in the centre of the town square brought the human impact of the Iron Curtain home to me.

The mystery GPS tour continues. We wonder what surprises and delights await us.

C

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