A little worried, that someone might go for an early morning walk by the historic site, we decide to set the alarm, so we would get up early. It works, shortly after sunrise, we quickly pack up our bivouacking site and push our bikes along the "Vilsek Bride" to the picnic table. where we make coffee. It also gives us a good opportunity to take our time to wake up slowly .
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="800"] We are not camping...we are bivouacking![/caption]
While sipping on our coffee and munching on cookies, we check out the map posted near the picnic table. Apparently, there are about 400 more prehistoric sites in this region: hunebeds, dolmen, mausoleums, stone formations...some have intriguing names such as "Table of Sacrifices", "Devil stones", "Keystones" ... apparently, the "Visbeck Groom" is located about a 4 km ride through the
After catching up on some much needed sleep, we decide to stay a couple extra days in the area. The campground is priced reasonable and since it is Sunday, all the stores in town are closed so we would have been unable to get supplies anyway. Luckily, we still have some basic food stables in our panniers and the campground store has fresh bread, lunch-meat and beer. There is even a small snack-bar near the pool where affordable Curry-wurst and Schnitzel are sold...
We feel like we are in Schlaraffenland.
We take long showers with plenty of hot water, eat fresh bread with "Zwiebelwurst", lounge
It is not that we do not like Norway or Finland. The scenery is beautiful and people are nice. Not to mention we still have almost 24 hours of daylight and can do whatever we want whenever we want. However, the prices are killing our budget and the crazy amount of relentless, aggressive mosquitoes
Our little detour out of Berlin led us southeast for several miles along the river Spee until we were able to cut our way north again to the river Oder. The German-Polish border runs right along the Oder; however, we decided to stay on the German side to ride along the 'Oder Radweg'.
Here goes another day of long cycling miles to get closer to Berlin. Our long distance cycling path continues to lead us through several more villages as the weather is starting to deteriorate. Before we know it, it looks like a major storm is brewing all around us. The wind picks up, the air feels cool and wet, and the people in the villages give us a few pitiful looks, as to say...You are about to get soaked, aren't you going to get some shelter?!
The weather had changed drastically the last few days. It went from rainy and cool to unusually hot and sunny with the temperatures in the 30° C (90°s F). After a couple of failed plans of leaving, waiting for a part from Full Speed Ahead that never came, and another day of procrastinating, we had decided it was time to get going again. After all, we would like to make it up to Norway before it gets freezing up there.
We finally arrived in Salzburg by train. For the last few hours, we were dreading every stop-over at any train station and checked hesitantly for other bike-riders. Apparently, we needed reservations for our bikes on this train, which we did not have, and the conductor told
After spending some quality time with Petra's childhood friend, we hit the road again and pick up another well known route called, Via Claudia Augusta that heads south and over the Alps. The morning is wet, damp, and cold and as we left the city limits of Augsburg it turned into a