Day 1 - No Mars bars - No food - No water

Monday, August 20, 2007

We were all up bright and early this morning and waiting for Rudi to arrive and escort us to the station. On the train, the Germans didn't understand the Australian language and they couldn't read the pictograms, so the conductor had to announce officially that they'd all had to move in order to make room for the bikes. He even didn't look at our tickets.

Cycling from Berlin to Copenhagensalute to the president: "G'day Horst"

Doug and Rae drove off in the car (black Alfa Romeo) and were to meet us at Oranienburg. Well that was the start of the cursing! Doug‘s name was mud. Somehow, the riders always arrived at the destinations first and had to sit around waiting for food and water!! We are not sure, if it was the driving or the navigating.

Cycling from Berlin to Copenhagenbunny me bunny you

There were a few events on the ride - ask Trish about her shoes. The HUGE trucks that passed us on the left of roads – no wider than a driveway - tankers, buses etc. and huge bushes and trees right to the edge of the road. Shirley kept telling Pam to duck but there was no way they could avoid being scratched by the trees.

Cycling from Berlin to Copenhagenscary aussies!

Cycling from Berlin to Copenhagenwho's on the wrong side now?

On occasion we even had to pull right off the road to avoid being hit! Our destination for the day is Wallapoint and what a beautiful place it is. We even had an hour in a canoe at the end of our ride - Rudi didn‘t think we had had enough excercise riding, we had to give our arms a workout! We put the awesome foursome to shame, zig-zagging covering every lilypad on the river. Many canal cruise boats passed us and gave us a bit of a wobble, which was a little scary.

Cycling from Berlin to Copenhagensplish splash ...

We ended up in a large lake with nude bathers (didn‘t meet up with Kevin R.) but Trevor tried to get us row faster so he could get a better view! It didn‘t work with three women at the helm!

The day was rounded off with a great BBQ of pork steaks & some sort of german sausage (Thüringer Bratwurst), and very nice it was too. Doug & Trevor are currently sitting outside by the fire sharing a few bottles of wine 'n' beer.

Cycling from Berlin to Copenhagenconsuming information

First days ride was 43 km - a nice easy start for our great journey. But without any Mars bars.

Cycling from Berlin to Copenhagen
Day 01.kml for being viewed with Google Earth.

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1 comments:

bena said...

sounds like a great first day. Dad what did you get up to on your little sojourn? (a few u turns and nice scenery?)Carefull you don't get used too used to the style and comfort of the alfa, you might just have to trade in the ford!!
Safe travels love B,D and C xx

 

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