The start: From Kluetz via Boltenhagen to Moelln

  • Author: Katrin
  • Created: April 4, 2018
Route type: Mainly road
Difficulty grade: Medium

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 67.00 km
  • Time 5 h 11 min
  • Speed 13.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 0 m
  • Climb 1061 m
  • Descent 1044 m

My first official segment of my journey through Germany, leading from Kluetz in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, after a short detour to the beach of Boltenhagen to Moelln in Schleswig-Holstein.

I started in brilliant sunshine and the first real spring day of this year but because of the strong headwind I already stopped at the farmers market in Hohen Schoenberg just 5k out of Kluetz. Good thing is that I could buy stuff for lunch (some healthy wholegrain buns and a cinnamon bun for dessert).
After that stop, the wind died down a bit and I enjoyed the fantastic ride in a warm breeze towards Dassow. In the middle of the fields there were cranes which are still very special to me. Unfortunately, they were too far away to get really nice pictures.

After sailing through Dassow with its superb cobblestones (as long as you are not a cyclist), I headed towards Schoenberg. The route is off the street but was still quite muddy and b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l.
A few kilometers outside of Schoenberg I broke off for lunch. An older gentleman came along on his folding ebike and stroke up a conversation. He had also cycled from Luebeck to Lake Constance in 2001. The conversation started out quite interesting but when he didn't stop talking and the dialogue became quite one-sided, my patience sank quite rapidly.
Unfortunately, after he had already left, he waited for me some meters ahead because he "had" to guide me through a particularly muddy part of the road and accompanied me then until Schoenberg where he went to buy his lottery ticket and I was once again on my own....yippieh! ;-)

From Schoenberg on, the independent cycling path ended and I had to ride along a busy road which was not a lot of fun - and also the wind picked up again.
Only a few kilometers before Ratzeburg, I could leave the street and could cycle on a separate cycling path.
And "just before" (officially about 6k) I arrived at Moelln another beautiful part of the route started, hilly cycling tracks through fields and forest. Just like I like them....especially when I'm not tired yet, in good weather and without luggage ;-)
But it was rewarding after all.
Even after it started to drizzle and the 6k, especially the final 2-3 kilometers just didn't come to an end.

To get to my guesthouse, I didn't even have to cycle into town but only a bit around it - AAAAAAAAAND a steep hill up. But then, a bit after 5PM, I was there and I actually finished the first stage of my journey :-)

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