Greetings from Berlin, woop!!! Feels like a super duper milestone to have reached, having made it into country number 8 with less than a month & only Holland to go. We've also managed to clock up 3000km, which was my original estimate for the whole trip - does that mean we can stop now?!
|German tourers travelling with 2 dogs|
Its great to be on the flat again - Czech was tough & by the time we got to Prague was taking its toll. One particularly large hill looked like a roller coaster from the distance, I wasn't impressed when we got closer & realised it was our road ahead. We made the decision to do the last few km's into Prague by train - a bit of a cop-out but with our large scale road map & the usual big city traffic it would have taken hours to navigate the city centre. I have no regrets.
|Cheeky ride on the train! Only a few km's I promise|
I've been to Prague twice before & had great memories of a beautiful old town and VERY cheap beer. Although having had beer for 12p a glass in Vietnam everything's extortionate to us now. Anyhoo's we managed to bagsy ourselves a city centre campsite & explore the fine city with beer breaks along the way. Even an amazing vegetarian restaurant – what a treat!
|Tasty and cheap. Mmmmmmmm........|
In Prague we were told about the Elbe River bicycle route, which would take us to Dresden & beyond - once again allowing us to travel on the flat with bike signs helping us along the way. It lived up to our expectations & – the scenery was stunning & it was great to once again be surrounded by other cyclists on the popular route. Only on occasion were we left completely bemused by where the bike path took us:
|To cycle or not to cycle...?|
|A bike route? Seriously?!|
The crossing into Germany was understated to say the least & we wouldn't have noticed had it not been for a large group of retired tourers hastily studying their maps. In Dresden we were joined by our friends Andy & Maja, who live near Frankfurt & kindly made the trip across Germany to hang out for the weekend (would have been a slightly difficult detour for us). It was great to kick back, hang out amongst friends and relax in a great city. Always good to have an excuse for a rest day too!
|The closest we got to the German flag near the border|
|Crazy pics on Andy's snazy camera|
Onwards to Berlin, we continued along the Elbe for a couple more days before diverting north, once again relying on our navigational skills & keeping our fingers crossed for little traffic & no hills. Thankfully we weren't dissapointed & have made it into Berlin in one piece. Fun times ahead!x
|SO many bikes!!!|
|3000km, oh yeah!|