Start: Luckenwalde, Germany
End: Elsterwerda, Germany
Elevation Gain: 1033ft
Elevation Loss: 903ft
Reading Material: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
Audio Material: WTF Podcast w/ Marc Maron (eps 377); Game Theory Podcast (eps 16: Sex & Violence)
A good long day. While I haven’t been specifically choosing bike-friendly routes, I enjoyed a nice 10km stretch on a wide, recently paved bike path next to the B101. The last 10km into Elsterwerda, however, was both uphill and on a busy 2-lane road. Jim Fingal’s unintentional entendres from the Video Game podcast (“headshots”, “pulling the joystick”) helped ease the pain of the last few kms.
Day’s highlight was most certainly lunch at the Boxenstoppe (literally a box restaurant on the side of the road) in Schönewalde. First, the Hamburger Schnitzel (3EUR) hit the spot. Then, the friendly patrons. During the meal, a bearded man on a moped pulled up. Turns out he’s a Dane who has been traveling via moped from Greece to Berlin before beginning University next year. We had a good time comparing routes and motives. I was a bit jealous of his moped which gets 30km/hr to my (generous) 15km/hr. Also, he’s got way more range.
Evening was at a family-run hotel in Elsterwerda with a cozy cave-themed basement restaurant. I was so tired I fell asleep by 830pm.