Doing Döblitz and seeing storks

(Another post covering two days. If you want the sane version, here’s Elly’s post.)

Let’s start with some photos so I can remember what’s happened. I’ve just had 1.5 litres of pilsener and two portions of chips, so my mind is a blank.

Thursday 3rd August

Still got half an eye on UK politics

About the area

About local wildlife

About local wildlife 2

About local wildlife 3

entering former east Germany

Elly’s first Eiskaffee for this trip

Pano of Dömitz: the Apotheke is where Elly bought her knee support

Love the band names

Pano of Dömitz Festung (fortress), apparently built to defend the southern border of Meklenberg

View from Dömitz Festung 1

View from Dömitz Festung 2

For anyone who has seen ‘Goodbye Lenin’

About the Elbedeich

How newspapers arrive

Church in Dömitz

About where we stayed in Dömitz

Oompah-band in Dömitz senior-citizens’ centre (YouTube)

So it appears we cycled from Blekede to Dömitz, where we found a B&B in an old brewery. The proprietress works in a refugee centre, if I understood her correctly. (She has very good English, but I have very poor braincells.) She runs a welcoming, highly eclectic place, but it has enough power points even for me. Also, breakfast includes automatic eggs and coffee.

i don’t remember much else apart from being so tired at dinner that I was falling asleep and dreaming of parades and other nonsense at the restaurant table. I’m puzzled by this: as far as I can recall, most days (including this day) I’ve arrived feeling as if I could go on for hours more. I admit that this day I got sick of the headwinds and concrete cyclepath surfaces, and that on a previous evening my feet tingled wildly. But I’ve not been tired like that for almost a year.

Friday 4th August

Your car has been assimilated by the Trabis

Horse thatch-ends

Gravel surface and spooky soldier

About a view tower

Pano from the top of the view-tower

What we could see 1

What we should have been able to see 1

What we should have been able to see 2

What we could see 2

Don’t look down!

About the tower

Either side of the path along the top of the dyke, there are fantastic (wild?) flowers.

 

Is there a German trades descriptions act? If so, this advertising image probably contravenes it.

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I had to!

I’ve brought too much electronica. From the back left of the table-top, going anti-clockwise: spare continental adaptor,3 lightning cables, 1 micro-USB cables, sleep-phones, small USB battery plus micro-USB cable, spare sleep-phones battery plus micro-USB cable, large USB battery plus micro-USB cable, 2 pairs of Bluetooth headsets plus micro-USB cable. Also pictured: 4-way UK plug adaptor (plus hidden continental adaptor), 2 two-port USB plugs. Not pictured: GoPro kit, 2 jPhones plus their handlebar mounts.

The village we’re staying in tonight is famous for its storks.

No it wasn’t! (Krusovice is Czech. The beer was definitely German, even though pilsner is a Czech style of beer.)

Fountain at the pub where we ate tonight

Today we have come to the mother of all stork-refuges, in Rühstädt. It’s a small village on the Elbe, in Brandenburg. (We crossed from Mecklenberg-Vorpommern a couple of miles south-east of Domitz.) If you squint really hard through offensively biased lenses, you might be able to tell that this was a former East German area. I can’t do that. All I can say is that today’s cycle-path surfaces were mostly reasonable tarmac or good hard gravel, but there were a couple of short stretches along forest tracks that are not good for touring bikes. The gravel-dust has coated Lev and Fidel’s drive-trains a bit. Had I the facilities and inclination, I’d de-cack them. But I have neither, so I won’t.

 

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