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Finale

4 September 2018

Wandlitz to Berlin

It was a short ride into Berlin this morning. We passed through some satellite towns before spying the silver sphere of the Fernsehturm gleaming on the horizon. After arriving in Kreuzberg we needed to offload our luggage for a few hours so asked the friendly bike shop folks at Velomondo who kindly agreed to stash the panniers out the back. Then it was off to the Sommerbad for a swim.

Florian and Lena welcomed us back to their apartment where we stayed after landing here in July. Also staying here are Fanny and Bertrand from France. We had fun playing a board game called Dog around the kitchen table and drinking bottles of lemonade flavoured mate of which Florian has an oversupply remaining from his DIY bike camp. A big thanks from us to Florian and Lena who are extraordinarily generous hosts – it has been great fun to stay with them and to experience a little of daily life in Kreuzberg.

Now all we have to do is pack up and get to the airport on time!

Thanks to all our readers and followers. Bye!

Next we take Berlin

3 September 2018

Schwedt to Wandlitz, Germany

Dawn broke with clear blue skies and wisps of mist around the trees but by the time we had breakfasted and packed, the mist had settled in and we rode off up the Oder River in mild, still conditions. The scenes across the river flats and the ridge to the west were enhanced by the fog.

We left the river at Lunow-Stolzenhagen and headed west towards Berlin. A local bike riding codger called Eric gave us some advice and encouragement and we cycled on through rolling farmland and forest.

A bad, rocky forest track led us to Kloster Chorin (ruined church and cloisters) where, to our surprise, a church service was just starting with four massed brass bands and a large congregation. They sounded pretty good taking turns at hymn verses and all joining in on a bluesy kyrie.

An excellent cycle path led us to Eberswalde and then we were stuck on a nasty, narrow and busy road for too long before finding quieter alternatives to Wandlitz for our last night before Berlin.