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  • hamburg #2
    • 16/06/2017
So Hamburg didn't leave much impression, although maybe one day in the country's second biggest city is a bit unfair to judge it on.
Got a new memory card for camera.
Did visit the Miniature Wunderland, which probably started out as a large model railway and is now an enormous multi floor miniature representation of cities, countries, working airport, ships, traffic, night and day cycles, all beautifully crafted and with humorous details. Well worth a visit, although the crowds were crazy!
The hostel dorm produced another epic snoremaster, I've started recording sound clips of these so look out for the compilation CD at Christmas.
Also in residence was Kangjun Lee from South Korea, working in Germany for a cruise line company. Many sympathies that he's stuck there with the snorers for the rest of the week...
  • Ich bin ein Hamburger!
    • 11/06/2017
Been waiting for days to use that cheesy headline, lol. (Bacon double cheesey)

So from Bremen to Hamburg over the last two days. Feels good to be on the road again and making progress.

Farmland giving way to a large wooded area, so some pleasant shady sections, although could do without the alternating cobblestones and sand surfaces.
Dare I say it some gradients! I've identified a high point on the map as a target for the day.
Approaching the top of the "berg" a 179m high peak, but the biggest so far, I meet a german bloke fixing a puncture.
He is on an e-bike, and to celebrate his birthday is riding through the night, 200km, circular from Lebenberg, has two spare batteries (ACU) and can propel him 25km/h. Has another bike that does 45km/h.
Used to be skinny and ride racing bikes with his friends, to Berlin in a day, to Nice, Oslo to Stockholm, but got sick not sure what but has to have cortisone injections and piled on weight
Good chat in equally broken German and English.
He says there are wolves in these parts, which I find hard to believe. Did see a dead wild piglet earlier though.
So camping on the berg tonight
Lots of new bird calls up here, but also distant blasting techno music floating up the valley... Can't escape it! At 10am in Bremen a cafe was pumping out Insomnia loud enough to hear down the street... Mental.

Uneventful today alongside the Elbe, crossed the river on a ferry with the local hells angels, well, a load of aging motorbikers in matching leather jackets, lots of pin badges presumably denoting places visited, and lots of skull motifs... Then got caught in the middle of a triathlon but that's about it.
Lots of strawberries for sale at the roadside and people rollerblading. The Germans love rollerblading apparently.

Also tested out the new dynamo with USB charging and am delighted with the result, it tops up my phone battery by about 10% for every fifteen minutes of steady peddling. Fantastic!

Hamburg tourist stuff tomorrow...


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