About Sushi Pedals™
"Cycling is about movement and freedom,
on a bike you feel free, almost autonomous."
Hey. Hier fährt Sascha. Ich bin im November 1979 in Frankfurt an der Oder in Brandenburg geboren. Lebe aktuell in Leipzig, Sachsen. Bin Draußenfreund, Naturliebhaber und Regional Explorer. Meine Leidenschaften sind das Bikepacking, Graveling, Radwandern sowie Outdoor-Aktivitäten, wie z.B. Camping auf Overnight-Touren. Die elektronische Musik ist seit über 30 Jahren ein weiteres unverzichtbares Element in meinem Leben. Von Electronica bis Techno verwöhne ich mich gerne in Zeiten der Regeneration mit dem Sound aus der Dose. Feel free to join me and hype your pedals.
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By bike along the Baltic coast. This is a long-cherished dream that I have pushed back so many times. In the planning for the coming year, this longing should finally be satisfied. The route of the bikepacking tour, starting from Wismar, then leads via Rostock, Zingst, Stralsund, Greifswald, Peenemünde to the German-Polish border near Swinoujscie, always along the coast. With a subsequent arc, the route then leads to Usedom, to finally reach its finale in Anklam. You will of course spend the night in the open air in a tent. For the duration of the tour, I have been planning 5-6 days so that I can be quite relaxed on the road.
3 days ago
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It's the weekend, the weather presented itself as autumnal and there was again a lot of mud and wood under the profile as well as forest, forest, forest, in between a great quarry and, as expected, of course, again some hurdles to overcome. So this morning it was completely relaxed from Volkmarsdorf towards Taucha, on to the bar forest and through the Gotenholz until the Planitz forest was reached. There was a root waiting for me here, because a trunk that wanted to be overcome and tons of undergrowth, which always tried to acupuncture the face. Shortly before the end of the Planitzwald crossing, I passed the "Schwarzer Bruch" quarry, which invited me to linger. Briskly simmered a cup of coffee, soaked up the calm and reflected on some of the thoughts of the past week. Then we went on the return tour through the Naunhof-Brandiser Forest and through the Oberholz back to Leipzig. Today's tour planning gave me a wonderfully experimental gravel tour with many surprises. I am fulfilled, absolutely relaxed and now ready for a week "bike free". I am briefly in the Potsdam area to regenerate. In this sense: chain fat ahoy and see you through the days.PS: Until then, just check out my bikepacking tour plans for 2022 along the windy Baltic Sea coast, over the rough Rennsteig cycle path and past the charming Alpine panorama. Perhaps there are interested parties among you who would like to join an adventure. Stay supple and until then, check here:
4 days ago
- 41:22367 mi8.9 mph17,975 ft17,700 ft
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Mountains, lakes and alpine meadows. I want to enjoy that to the full in the coming year and, above all, explore it myself using my own (leg) strength. So I plan to tackle an almost 600 kilometer long bikepacking trip always along the beautiful lakes with the constant view of the alpine panorama. The tour starts at Lake Constance in Ludwigshafen and ends at Lake Traunsee in Gmunden. The route approaches the Große Alpsee, the Forggensee, the Staffelsee, the Tegernsee, further via Rosenheim to the Simsee, in order to later bypass the northern bank of the Chiemsee. Then follows the passage between Kienbergl and the Maierknogl to Bad Reichenhall and further between the mountains to Berchtesgarden to the Königssee including a view of the Watzmann. Then it continues north again to Mondsee and Attersee until the trip at Traunsee near Gmunden is to end. I plan to stay overnight at different campsites. For the duration of the tour, I have been planning a generous 10-14 days, as I am still quite unsure about some climbs and meters in altitude.
4 days ago
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With a fresh outside temperature of just over 0 degrees and frost on meadows and fields, the round trip from Leipzig to the lakes in the area around Bitterfeld started on Sunday morning. So I started at 7:00 in the morning from Volkmarsdorf via Lindenthal to Schladitzer See near Hayna. Here I had to struggle with the cold wind and the first signs of hypothermic fingers and had to take a cold break every now and then to warm up again. From now on I should definitely think about appropriate cycling clothing for the colder months. When the Schladitzer See was reached and the large paddle wheel on the left side of the route examined and passed, after the first 20 kilometers I took a coffee break or breakfast at an inviting shelter between the paddle wheel and the Werbeliner lake. The freshness of the morning was already draining my heat balance. But once the stove was screwed together and the first coffee was brewed, the feeling of wellbeing quickly rose again. Freshly strengthened and supplied with sufficient caffeine, the tour continued.So the route continued past the Werbeliner See, bypassing Delitzsch to the west via some villages such as Lissa, Kyhna, Poritzsch, Serbitz and Petersroda. After about 50 kilometers I passed the Neuhauser See, where the route then continued in an easterly direction. The lakes around Bitterfeld were reached. The beginning was the Seelhauser See, followed by the large Goitzschesee. In Pouch I then crossed the Muldestausee over the southern Muldestau bridge and circumnavigated the Muldestausee on its western side to Friedersdorf, in order to get back to the Goitzschesee on its northern bank on the Bitterfeld harbor promenade. After a short break and inspection of the berths in the harbor, which were empty at this time of year, I toured further through Bitterfeld towards the pits and lakes around Sandersdorf, lying via Wolfen-Süd. Passing the Förstergrube, the Landschaftssee Köckern and the Postgrube, always lying on my left, after the Holzweißiger Baltic Sea and the Ludwigsee, I met the Neuhauser See again, where my route crossed.The return tour to Leipzig then took place via Benndorf, Selben and Zschortau. Shortly before Rackwitz, the approaching sunset made me linger briefly every now and then and get into reveries. It then finally went back to Volkmarsdorf via the Neue Messe Leipzig and Mockau. The tour stretched over 146 km and lasted from sunrise to sunset. - Thank you nice Sunday and thank you Motivation for pushing me out of bed so early in the morning into this freezing cold. And a good start to the new week for all of you. - Chain fat ahoy.
October 10, 2021
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Later this morning we went quite relaxed towards the Wüsteneutzsch lock, which is a little foretaste of more "lost places". Before that, I treated myself to a lot of forest and mud in the pools at the top of the forest and in the forest area of the Burgaue. In Rückmarsdorf, further via Burghausen, I found quite a cozy place to linger, right next to a pond. Here I treated myself to a bit of a village atmosphere while an elderly couple pulled the weeds in front of their house. Then past Frankenhain and through Großlehna, I stopped again at a farm in Kötzschau for a hearty meal from the gas stove. Today Chinese noodles with chicken and a cup. - Incidentally, the best investment for bikepacking, the beloved gas cooker. Without it, I don't want to go anymore. I love it! - Just on the edge.After a good hour, I continued my journey strengthened. Shortly after Kötzschau I cycled under an autumnal colorful avenue. Then I had to have a bit of nerve ready and do a short stretch on the busy main road. However, only a few kilometers later, the Wüsteneutzsch lock was reached. Seen up close, a huge unfinished structure. The rest of the way to Leipzig was again super nice to drive, so trekking rather than gravel. Another highlight was the graduation tower in Bad Dürrenberg, which is currently being renovated and is a single construction site. I managed the return tour like a trance, accompanied by the beautiful light of the evening sun in the back and ultimately the super beautiful sunset as a brilliant finale. After yesterday's breakdown shortly before the Gran Fondo, an extraordinary compensation. Bottom line: Another great day in the middle of the blossoming autumn in Indian summer on the bike with countless overwhelming impressions in the Leipzig area.
October 8, 2021
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Today I treated myself to a pure Hottentot tour, which should actually be my Gran Fondo for October. Unfortunately it ended with a flat tire shortly before the finale. It started quite relaxed with a detour through the southern cemetery, then through the Lößnig-Dölzig recreation park and on to the Fockeberg in the southern suburb to enjoy a first short break with a view of Leipzig.The route then went on, sometimes a little more experimentally, through the Auewald and the Lehmlache Lauer, consequently through some forest sections along the Cospudener See to the Zwenkauer See, which I enjoyed again today and drove directly along the riverside path. Definitely my current favorite trail when it comes to graveling with its brilliant view with a bit of feeling like vacationing in the south. Then I cruised on through a few villages to Lake Werben, where there was also a wonderful idyll. Continuing over Kleingörschen, Eisdorf, Meuchen and Seebenisch, shortly after taking a deep breath on a level stretch, the first gravel deposits through the Kulkwitzer Lachen began. Once these were mastered, the Rückmarsdorf gravel pit was quite a challenge. Finding the way up was no problem at all. Downstairs, on the other hand, a huge number of dense weeds blocked my way. At some point I also found my way out of the maze.The pride that I reaped internally here was taken away from me shortly afterwards. And just because I don't have a machete in my equipment yet. So far I could not have guessed that there are such jungle-like occurrences in the vicinity of Leipzig. A huge bush of a tree that had fallen down for a long time separated me from the further course of the route, which was only 2 meters behind. I didn't want to turn around. So put all your muscular strength together and somehow put the monster aside with your hands. However, my bike had to make its sacrifice in this heroic action. I rolled through a thorn bush with my front tire and that was it with the aim of today's Gran Fondo. But all anger didn't help, so I pressed the home button on my navigation system and it went straight back to the starting point. Still, I am absolutely satisfied with today's tour. Everything was there: architecture, history, nature and a lot of dirt. Yeah baby - And the tube has already been changed ... I'm ready for the next ride.
October 7, 2021
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A retrospective trip to my home in the Thuringian region is also one of my planned bikepacking adventures. Starting in Eisenach, I want to indulge in old memories on the Rennsteig cycle path to the Bleichlochstausee and on to the Hohenwartestausee and rediscover places from my childhood and youth. Trips to Wasungen, Zella-Mehlis and Illmenau are also planned.
October 7, 2021
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I had put together a very historic breakfast tour for today. I planned to visit the church ruins in Wachau and the mining technology park in New Lakeland again. Yesterday evening, the temple ruins in Eythra near Zwenkau popped up as a tip in komoot's suggestions. This was previously unknown to me and it should be the highlight of this tour. So this morning I equipped my bike with my beloved kettle and coffee again and went on the ride.The tour started from the "Neue Messebrücke" through the Wilhelm-Külz-Park to the Völkerschlachtdenkmal, the ambience of which is really relaxing at 8:00 am when there is no tourism on site. After a short cigarette, the route led along the south cemetery on Prager Strasse directly to the church ruins in Wachau. Here, too, I was able to immerse myself in the stories of the old walls in the midst of the morning light. Only the birds and the rustling of the light wind in the trees in the cemetery could be heard. One hundred percent chill factor. After so much ambience, I cycled on past the Markkleeberg canoe park, then over the Störmthaler Canal to a short gravel insert through the grounds of the mining technology park. Once the gravel and dust was ticked off, my ride continued towards the Neuseenbrücke. In between there was coffee from the gas cooker and biscuits for breakfast and for refreshment at the Cröbern rest area. The second half of the tour then went very relaxed along the Zwenkau Lake in the direction of Cape Zwenkau. After a short time I arrived at the temple ruins in Eythra. A really very idyllic and pleasant place, near the town of Zwenkau. Since the slippery bike paths became too much for me in the long run, I used the riverside path right on the lake from the viewpoint at Zitschen. Here some wonderful views and moments to pause were revealed. When the Zwenkauer See was behind me, the route continued along the Cospudener See, through the wildlife park and alluvial forest, to the Pleißewehr in Connewitz, always following the Pleiße. At the Palmgarten weir I was able to catch a few more rays of sunshine and then head back home in the direction of Volkmarsdorf.Overall, it was a very relaxed tour, even if the ride was too tiring and not challenging for my taste due to the "perfectly smooth" nature of most of the trails. Smaller passages and the ride through the alluvial forest, however, gave this "perfection" an equal "gravel feeling" every now and then. And at least I discovered completely new little places here and there, which are definitely worth visiting in the future, perhaps to linger a bit more often. In this sense: Kettenfett ahoy and have a nice weekend.
October 2, 2021
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What a wonderful autumn Sunday with extremely pleasant temperatures. The sun tickled the tip of my nose this morning and it didn't take much time until I got absolutely hyper hyper and found my way to the Sunday Ride. So it went first in the direction of Markkleeberg through the Pleiße and Auwald forest, and then finally on the eastern shores of the Markkleeberger and Störmthaler See to drive the first gravel-compatible paths in Oberholz. Once the first trampling and forest paths had been completed, it was only after a short time that you immediately continued on Holterdipolter slopes in the Harth. Via Pomßen, past the Münchteich, over the pear and plum avenue, we continued through Beiersdorf to the southern Planitzwald. Here I was able to relax properly again after the former gravel deposits in the forest. Following the Planitzwald, I have already arrived in Ammelshain and its quarry. Ideally, the paths around the quarry could also be easily driven. Only a few roots and climbs to be overcome made it necessary to push the bike every now and then. An absolute idyll that invited me to linger a while and take a deep breath. The return tour then took place through a piece of the Polenzwald, which again held some surprises in store. But these could be mastered with the left hand. Continue on the shore path of Lake Moritz to Naunhof and Albrechtshain, where the route then leads through the well-known Kleinpössna gravel pit. Once I left this behind me, it was mostly on paved bike paths and roads in the direction of Volkmarsdorf. The bottom line is that I praise myself again today: Even if I planned the route almost 85 kilometers in advance, it was an absolutely varied tour between relaxed cycling and exciting gravel passages. Happy Sunday.
September 26, 2021
- 04:5050.9 mi10.5 mph1,275 ft1,075 ft
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Actually, I wanted to do a decent gravel run around today. After the tour started relaxed from Leipzig-Volkmarsdorf, I cruised through the Rosental and had to master the first forest paths and tree roots of the Ratsholz, the gusts of wind gradually intensified. From Taucha onwards, the cross and head-on winds on the longer country roads between the forests were a real challenge for the passionate bikepacking cyclist. It's not like I'm only on the track with the lightweight of my carbon pedestal. Today I also had my recently purchased Hubba NX tent with me to try out it somewhere between the woods. Well, this test project also blew away with the wind. I was pretty annoyed about halfway there. The gravel through the Planitzwald stimulated my driving pleasure again, but the steady headwind took its toll on almost 60 kilometers. In the Planitzwald I then changed my originally planned route during a spontaneous coffin and shortened it through the Polenzwald towards Brandis and Sommerfeld. Bottom line, however, I would like to announce that I am still completely satisfied with this day, even if my nerves are a bit bare. And the tent rehearsal is being postponed ... postponing has somehow become standard. Nothing is currently being implemented as planned. But okay, in the end at least the will counts and I knuckle too. - So, you did everything right. - In this sense: chain fat ahoy and always be nice and easy on your nerves.
September 23, 2021