- Left – 10.45am
- 22nd & 23rd August 2015
- Miles rode – 291 (466km)
Motorways all day!
Dull, dull, boring, boring, tolls, fast cars. I had the option not to go on the motorways but I wanted to get to Berlin without an early start. Yes, my fault.
At 4pm I crossed into Germany, there couldn’t be any mistaking I had arrived in ‘The engine room of Europe’ with 50 of the biggest wind turbines just over the border. 100km to Berlin.
When I was in Australian some people warned me about the dangers of overtaking the ‘roadtrains’, lorries which can be over 50metres long. Riding past these is a ‘piece of cake’ compared to overtaking a lorry 1/3rd of the size in Germany. I check my mirror and I see a speck in the distance which I assume is a car, I then indicate and just before I pull out I check my mirror again and there is a BMW, Mercedes, Audi, VW or Porsche metres away, how could they have covered that distance in such little time? Because they are reckless and go a zillion KM/hour! These super cars hunt in packs, for a few minutes I’m alone and then 3, 4, 5 or 6 of them zoom past practically bumper to bumper. I need to be careful I thought.
I arrived in Berlin and stayed for the weekend, rest and a night out was required. Micha & Annika let me stay at their place and as is always the case they were wonderful and so hospitable, they allowed a stranger into their home, trusted me and when I left gave me food and drink. People are wonderful.
It’s all about the people.
Over the past 4 days I travelled 1,260 miles (2,000km) which was tiring but also gave me valuable time to reflect upon the last year & half and consider what life at home may feel like. I am really looking forward to seeing my son Olly, family & friends and then… and then I wasn’t sure, I found it hard to imagine how I would feel without an income, without a home, without new countries, people & experiences. There would be no need to apply for visas, find currency exchange, look for somewhere to sleep, eat, ask for directions. No travel planning, blogging, uploading photos & videos. Life would be different.
Life will be good because I’m a planner and will do what’s required to ensure this new chapter in my life will give me the feelings I want. The good news is I know all of the ingredients, Beth & Olly, family, friends, community, Jess (my lovely dog), home, further travel, a modest income, good food & drink. Not complicated, not unrealistic, roll on…
I am aware though that whilst the outlook is sunny there will be some gloomy times ahead. If you get a text at 10am on a cold Monday morning from me saying “hi” I’m probably feeling ‘gloomy’, if you’re not working and want a coffee that would be perfect.
I’m a believer in good clear communication, so here we go – I want to hear from you. Text, message, mail or phone me, I want to drink coffee, beer & wine with you, eat food with you and most of all talk to you. I may need you more than you realise in the coming months.
Continuing with the ‘no lonely planet’ and avoiding tourist places I stayed in the ‘Prenzlauer Berg’ district of Berlin all weekend, another cool area just off the centre of the city.