Bike packing in the northern-most state of Germany, in Schleswig-Holstein, means not only home-coming and relishing in old-time memories, revisiting childhood places and reliving experiences of decades past; foremost and most importantly, it means: tranquility in rolling through a lot of scenery and nature with very few (and not very talkative) people. Perfect to take a break from this year’s rather intense experience of non-biking sorts.
And sure the first leg of this six-day trip to the Baltic Sea and across Schleswig-Holstein to the North Sea kept all those promises of little action and wide tranquil scenic views.
There were actually more animals than people along the little-traveled bike paths from the East of Hamburg to the so-called Dove Elbe (which is an 18km long part of the river Elbe running as a separate parallel arm to it) and towards Mölln, last home of the notorious Till Eulenspiegel (or Dill Ulnspegel), political action artist of the 14th century.
Even the single “human artefact” deliberately planned to visit on today’s trip, Wotersen Manor, was deserted. Only a handful of parked vehicles here and there marked the presence of other human beings besides us riders.
And nature’s theme of the day (and potentially of the whole bike packing trip), water, added to the soothing effect of simply pushing the pedals around and around and around, at the same time pushing the everyday worries further and further away — and setting off into the flow of being physically not far away from home, but mentally in a completely different and much calmer world.
With evening dinner spent at Mölln’s so-called Drüsensee in the middle of nowhere…
… and with no other guests in the hidden restaurant’s little garden area, the perfectly peaceful location for ending a perfectly peaceful bike packing day was found.© Copyright 2016 bxa, All rights Reserved. Written For: bxa's Greetings from Germany