The heat of the last few days is gone and we start another bike tour in Wolgast. Via the Blue Wonder it goes to the island.The bike paths right on the Peenestrom are not really that exciting. Sometimes a slab track, then gravel again, in between also tarred sections and a comparatively high amount of car traffic, because the suppliers and guests cannot drive anywhere else. Via Zecherin it goes to Karlshagen and, if the wind is still strong, to Peenemünder Hafen with its numerous exhibits, the large power station and other sights. There is not much going on here either - no comparison to previous years, when numerous tourists meandered through the streets. Time for a little break.
Then it goes on well-developed bike paths in a north-easterly direction past the Kienheide and then to the south-east again to Karlshagen. Signs on the side warn that the area could still be contaminated with ordnance from the Second World War. Weird, but the island has a remarkable military history behind it. In Karlshagen we take a quick look at the beach, then we go on gravel paths through the forest.Here it is also something like "full". Numerous amateur cyclists commute between the endless campsites and holiday complexes and we ride comfortably to Trassenheide. Then it goes via Mölschow (we haven't been yet) to the southern part. We cross the railway line, there is less traffic and at the natural harbor in Krummin it is time for another break. Nice here ...
Behind Neeberg we make a detour to Ziemitz, which is easily accessible on a very well developed bike path. Maybe a good place to take a break on another tour. Then it goes back and shortly afterwards we are already back on the Blue Wonder and punctually before one of the next bridge openings we are back in Wolgast.Smaller tour, but is also enough. We also found an exciting farm shop with game products ;-)
about 11 hours ago
- 00:381.77 mi2.8 mph25 ft25 ft
Originally, this micro-hike was supposed to be a little longer, but with the high temperatures and humidity we decided not to do it. Even so, there was enough to see - astonishingly much in a small area. That's how it works sometimes.We are in Niederhof, a part of the municipality of Sundhagen in the district of Vorpommern-Rügen. There is the nature reserve Kormorankolonie Niederhof, which we had already visited in August 2018. As the name suggests, cormorants have lived here since 1967, probably the oldest and most consistent colony of birds in MV. Apparently this part of the population belongs to the migratory birds, because back then there was nothing to be seen. It's different today - the nests are well stocked, the young birds are fed vigorously and both the sounds and the smell are worth seeing ;-)The oaks on which the birds nest have now completely died from the aggressive droppings. But otherwise this NSG lives, because it is a former manor park that was created by Joachim Ulrich Giese in the middle of the 18th century. One of the "gems" is a red beech, which, according to a sign, is said to be 280 years old.The manor house no longer exists after a fire caused by an improperly used stove pipe, probably after the Second World War, and the building was destroyed. The oldest surviving Jewish cemetery on the Baltic coast is worth seeing. Between 1776 and 1850, Jews from Stralsund, Greifswald and other places in the region were able to be buried here.We leave it with the small round, which we originally wanted to expand by taking a walk along the Alten Niederhöfer Weg to Brandshagen. Maybe a different time, then we'll also have a look at the day laborer's cottages, which were built a little away from the manor house. As I said, astonishingly much for such a small area ...
2 days ago
- 01:1817.7 mi13.6 mph300 ft300 ft
Yes, we are on the exact same lap that we drove yesterday morning. The reason is: heat wave, because it feels like it doesn't end and temperatures are expected to reach well over 30 ° C again during the day. On the Baltic Sea!The only thing that helps is getting up early to take the coolness of the morning with you. It goes again past Vierow via Ludwigsburg, Kemnitz, past Neu Boltenhagen via Gustebin and Wusterhausen back to Lubmin. Amazingly, new things come to your mind on these tours. You could probably do the lap 100 times.We see three natural monuments on the roadside between Rappenhagen and Neu Boltenhagen. These are leather sleeve trees that actually only occur in North America. We have not yet found out how and why they are here. One possibility would be the Behrenhoff landscape park, which was created by Louise von Heyden, the widow of Carl Felix Georg von Behr. According to plans by Peter Joseph Lenné, a 10 hectare landscape park was created in which this tree was also planted.They reproduce by birds that eat the seeds and then ... well ... the rest is known. It's just a guess, we can't explain it any other way. But we don't think about it for too long, because the temperatures are rising and rising ... Off to the holiday apartment.Let's see what we will discover where tomorrow ;-)
2 days ago
- 01:1817.8 mi13.6 mph300 ft300 ft
After a tropical night in which the temperatures did not drop below 20 ° C, we get up earlier than usual. No wonder: we have opened everything we can on windows and the birds wake us up as soon as it gets light. And that's particularly early at the moment.We use the "coolness" for a quick morning lap, which begins at the seaside resort center in Lubmin and takes us on the Baltic Sea Cycle Path via Vierow and Loissin to Ludwigsburg to the castle of the Pomeranian dukes. Then it goes via Neuendorf, Kemnitz and Rappenhagen again to Neu Boltenhagen and from there through the Ziesebruch back to Lubmin. At the beginning of the tour there is practically nothing going on, towards the end the first go to the bakery to get bread. Time for our second breakfast ;-)
3 days ago
A heat wave is approaching and it should even reach Lubmin. Temperatures of over 30 ° C are rather rare up here on the coast and mostly the wind from the bay cools - but with southerly wind: no chance.After yesterday's tour experience, we want to step a little shorter today and not only drive fewer kilometers, but also the routes that are largely known. From Lubmin it goes south via Wusterhausen and Gustebin to Neu Boltenhagen and from there via Kühlenhagen to Katzow. We take our first drinking break at the pretty church before we head past the sculpture park in the direction of Pritzier. All of this on well-developed country roads and truck and car drivers who usually keep a good distance. Shortly before Prizier, a dangling over Schalense is recommended - otherwise you end up on the busy federal road to Usedom. But there isn't much going on here either. So we reach the ducal city of Wolgast with the beautiful market square in a relaxed manner.The path leads past the castle island out of the village and offers beautiful views of the panorama of the small town again and again. In the district of Tannenkamp there is even a nice surprise, because: The path through the forest was previously a "single trail", but it has been generously widened and well graveled. This is a good way to get to Groß Ernsthof and, with the best tail wind, via Kröslin to Freest. There is a lot of construction going on in the port and therefore we are moving on to Spandowerhagen.The next surprise is waiting for us here, because a new seat has been set up on the bike path right by the pond. Time for a second short break before we drive past the former nuclear power plant back to Lubmin when the temperature rises sharply. Here the path has also been widened, but some sand nests still lurk for careless cyclists who cycle this unworthy part of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route. Off to "home".
3 days ago
- 03:3843.4 mi11.9 mph600 ft600 ft
In the next few days it should even get really hot "up here" and therefore we decide to do a longer tour today on hitherto unknown paths. Sometimes they are good, sometimes not so good and sometimes they are a catastrophe - to anticipate that.We start at Stralsund airfield, which is actually just a special landing field. Our plane is not there, however, there is a small parking space here, where we will hopefully not hinder anyone. Because there seems to be no air traffic far and wide. From there it goes in a strong headwind in a south-westerly direction on the Fischland-Darß cycle path through pretty places like Klein Kordshagen with its Tudor-style castle - surrounded by numerous new buildings from the 21st century. Aslant. In Pantelitz we cross the railway line to Velgast for the first time and take our first rest in Pütte am See. It has become incredibly warm - the fresh wind from yesterday has completely disappeared and has given way to a warm hair dryer that blows relentlessly into the face. Uff. We reach the geographical center of Western Pomerania and continue east of Zimkendorf on the FD cycle path. On the lagoon coast, it is in excellent condition in some cases. It's a catastrophe down here. Concrete slabs, sometimes across, sometimes offset, sometimes slipped or overgrown - everything is there. Cycling is no fun at all, even in view of the wonderful landscape.So it goes on sometimes for many kilometers. Before Nienhagen we cross a beautiful forest in which the paths are sometimes better, then there are coarse cobblestone sections where it is difficult to get ahead. Then again sandy sections, roughly graveled slopes - a shame, we had really hoped for more. With more difficulty (more) than expected, we continue westwards and at the modern desert of Endingen we take a first break.Mentioned for the first time in 1273, it served as supplies for the Neuenkamp monastery for many centuries. After the Second World War, refugees moved in, later it stood empty and was demolished in 1989. Today only a memorial stone and the foundation walls remind of this long history. We can't stay very long anyway, because word has got around among the mosquitoes that there is fresh blood in the region. So let's go on, on partly bad and partly very bad concrete slopes and some forest sections, until we come back to good asphalt behind Alt Lendershagen. It goes to Velgast and the break is made up at the Christ Church there.We cross the railway line again and now it goes with a strong tail wind through forest and meadow sections and sometimes pretty villages such as Friedrichshof, Karnin and Groß Kordshagen. We reach the lagoon coast and on the FD path, which is excellently developed here, we slowly head north-easterly up the coast in cross-winds.In the meantime it has become almost unbearably hot - we had somehow underestimated that after yesterday's tour. It's good that Zühlendorf not only has an open café, but also a very good café, where you can eat lots of delicious snacks and enjoy a cool non-alcoholic drink. So strengthened, it continues on the FD-Weg, which becomes significantly worse again before Kinnbackenhagen. Fortunately, we branch off anyway, because we hadn't planned the entire coast and were already known from last year. Our goal is the NABU crane information center in Groß Mohrdorf - access only with a daily negative test!Behind it you go in tropical temperatures on partly good and very well developed bike paths - partly in the shade - via Muuks and Prohn back to the starting point. Good - we underestimated the heat, but with a southerly wind there can be no real cooling on the coast either.
4 days ago
Yesterday evening we found out that Usedom shouldn't be as crowded as it usually is at this time of the year. Then the plan matures in the evening to do a bigger tour the next day, which we wanted to do last year. Why not? After all, a heat wave is just around the corner in Lubmin and at over 30 ° C we would certainly not go that distance.So first go to the ducal city of Wolgast. From there it goes over the "Blue Wonder", the remarkable bascule bridge to the island of Usedom. The further tour takes us along the federal road 111 to Bannemin and from there on towards the Baltic Sea coast. There is really not much going on and so we are more than surprised when, on the one hand, the usual "tourist stalls" are still closed in Zempin, but also the restaurants don't look as if they are about to open. We drive along the coast on the wonderfully developed dike. There is something "going on" here, but no comparison to previous years, when there were real traffic jams here. Somehow nice, but also weird.Via Ückeritz it goes on Schmollensee to Mellenthin and here in the direction of Achterwasser. The roads get a little worse, but overall the routes here on the island are extremely well developed, even if the transition in the village is not really successful at one point or another.Now it is much quieter, we pass numerous inns that are still closed (again? Forever?) And are once again amazed at how little is going on. We pass Morgenitz and reach the Suckower Eiche. Its age is estimated at 750 to 1000 years and it could certainly tell a lot. We take a short break before heading to the city of Usedom.Here, too, there is practically "nothing going on" and we have trouble and luck and find a small snack bar at the harbor that is also open. With non-alcoholic beer, fish soup and fish rolls, we strengthen ourselves for the further journey that brings us back to the mainland in Zecherin.Now it goes "Achterwasser" to Pinnow in another restaurant and from there on a now quite gravel road to Kletzow. That was still bad in the past few years. It is also bad behind the small artist's place. The route to Jamitzow is still not suitable for bicycles: large potholes and offset concrete slabs are simply not fun. Only after Buggenhagen does it get much better again and it goes quickly to Lassan.There was a health food store in the city center, which probably still exists, but is closed on weekdays. Well, then off to the harbor, but the snack bar is also "tight". But on the way "out" of the city we pass a small bakery that turns out to be a real tip. There is not only delicious coffee and cake here, but also Lassaner larks. Delicious.The refreshment was sorely needed, because the roads between Waschow, Wehrland and Bauer have become so bad that you usually have to drive in the middle of the lane - which is what numerous cars do that pass here. It's a shame - there is an urgent need for action here. And the rest of the Usedom cycle path actually offers beautiful views, but if you constantly have to watch out for the next pothole, you can't really enjoy the great landscape. So we reach Hohendorf and there again a well-developed bike path that brings us back to Wolgast. Wonderful tour with a lot of great impressions, in total with strong winds but also not without. It was still fun.
5 days ago
- 02:3830.5 mi11.6 mph650 ft650 ft
Now it worked: We are going to the Baltic Sea for a few days - entry is possible with a negative test and that means for us: load up our bikes and off to Lubmin. On the way there it has become a good tradition to design the break a little differently. Instead of moving our bones a little on an uncomfortable motorway service station, we simply make a longer stopover with a bike ride on the way to the Baltic Sea. So we come to "corners" that we would not go to easily.Today's tour starts right on the A20, optimized for arrival. Here is the small village of Kleptow, an inhabited part of the Ludwigsburg district of Schenkenberg and thus a few kilometers south of Pasewalk, but still in the Uckermark district in Brandenburg. At the church there is also a small parking lot and from there it goes in a north-easterly direction on surprisingly well-developed bike paths. We should really replace the 2013 ADFC card ...It has freshly rained and it's also windy - unusually fresh after the last few days. We finally reach Brüssow via Carmzow. The small town was once on an important trade route, received town charter early on and is still a country town today, so it has fewer than 5000 inhabitants. The evidence of ancient history can still be seen, for example, in the remains of the city wall, in which even a Wiekhaus has been preserved. Nice here ...And probably tasty too. Because we had seen by chance on the Internet that a liqueur manufacturer "Alrich" is based here, which produces numerous liqueurs according to an old recipe. Nobody opens the shop at the shop, but a sign directs us to the nearby pharmacy, where the owner also sells the range in an adjoining room. Practically...A bottle of "Progastrikon", "Engelslikör" and "Thannenzapfenlikör" go into the bike bag and wait to be tried out when the opportunity arises. We move on and reach Menkin. For many years the village belonged to the von Winterfeldt-Menkin family - one of whom was the founding president of the German Red Cross. The pretty church is locked, but you can take a break in the manor park. We also need them as we cycle further north. We reach Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which you can see not only from a sign, but unfortunately also from the much worse road ...There we are drawn to Löcknitz - we only knew this term as a beautiful hiking area in Brandenburg. For centuries this city was a border fortress and highly contested. Today, the small town is also adorned with numerous beautiful buildings, which are simply worth a visit. At the keep we get some more information and of course postcards from the tourist information office. And since the stomach growls, we are drawn to "Vanya". This is a Bulgarian restaurant that we discovered by chance at the train station. Delicious, real home-style food, because Vanya is apparently still cooking here herself. She is happy to be able to open again and we are happy about the delicious food. Go on. The cycle path along the B104 has now been expanded, but we have to go back. Not a good idea, because the roads are getting worse and worse. Coarse cobblestone pavement, a lot of sand and rubble - that is the summary of the path via Caselow, a perfect section at the Heidemühle and the worst pavement near Fahrenwalde. And the small train south of Züssow isn't better either. At least the first section in MV - in Brandenburg it works again. Via Klockow we reach an EUGAL construction site road, which is not good either, but there is no alternative. Shortly before the end, the air is out - literally. The bike has a flat tire. But before we repair on-site, we charge up and off we go.
5 days ago
We are free and today we are going on a familiar tour around the Müggelsee. We drive around the Rummelsburger See in heavy traffic, then we go through the Wuhlheide and into the old town of Köpenick. On the north bank of the Müggelsee there is the opportunity for a first small drinking break, then we circle the lake and on the Triglawbrücke we go back to the other side of the Spree. In Müggelheim there is a bistro for lunch - after all, a kebab always goes back to the Müggelsee strengthened and strengthened.There is now a lot less going on here and so we pass the old town of Köpenick again, this time on the other side of the Spree, before returning to the Teltow Canal on a very familiar and well-known route. Nice tour, quick and easy.
June 14, 2021
- 02:2830.2 mi12.2 mph650 ft675 ft
It's gotten fresh - really fresh and almost reminiscent of April or May, apart from the rain. We still want to do at least a little bike tour and drive to Rahnsdorf, at the southeast end of the city. There it goes north to Schöneiche near Berlin and with it into the strong headwind that blows from the northeast and makes the temperatures feel a little lower again.Past the small Spreewald Park, continue north. The stretches weren't that good on the first stretch and are getting worse and worse: gravel, sand, coarse gravel and fine sand alternate. This is how we reach the Church of the Promise in Bollendorf, but unfortunately it only promises a locked gate and so you cannot even get onto the property.It's a shame, because the place is otherwise pretty neat and we move on. The roads get even worse - with the exception of the few parts that were created by a state or federal company - for example at the motorway ring, which we cross for the first time on the tour. It continues with cobblestones, which is at least no longer an obstacle in the headwind. We pass the old town of Altlandsberg and drive via Wolfshagen towards Eggersdorf. A wide forest path with the very best asphalt and tail wind is waiting for us here. It is also extremely well attended, as ever: there is "good something going on" and that's how we reach the Straussberger Vorstadt.Unfortunately, we did not have a negative test and sitting outside is also not the order of the day. Therefore the break is canceled for a short time and we continue south again through the NSG Lange Dammwiesen / Unteres Annatal. We hiked through this a few months ago and it's always worth it. Wonderful, this landscape.The Lemke mill is of course closed on Sunday, but otherwise it would be a good place to take a break. So we move on via Hennickendorf and Rüdersdorf near Berlin. The traffic increases every half hour and on the bad roads it would be nice if at least half of the drivers kept a very small distance. It's a shame, but that's just annoying. Via Woltersdorf and past Erkner we are then "through" again with a varied tour, which has also shown once again how bad the roads and paths in the region can be.
June 13, 2021