Hamburg-Harburg > Sittensen

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  • Author: Katrin
  • Created: April 7, 2018
  • Updated: April 9, 2018
Route type: Mainly road
Difficulty grade: Medium

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  • Distance Instructions
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  • Distance 60 km
  • Time 4 h 21 min
  • Speed 13.5 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 0 m
  • Climb 1332 m
  • Descent 1290 m

After a surprisingly refreshing night, I woke up around 5 AM when they started to prepare the market on the square in front of the building which also didn't really bother me.

I wasn't in a hurry because I wanted to go shopping and the shop didn't open before 9 anyway.

After a tasty breakfast and successful shopping for sun screen and body lotion, I was on my way around 9:30.

I cycled to Heimfeld hoping to find there the first route "D7" (=the pilgrim route) sign. Unfortunately, I didn't. I also didn't find any other helpful sign and followed a sign pointing to the right downhill (Never Ever follow a sign pointing downhill when you are not sure!!!). I was already skeptical and when I didn't find any following sign at the foot of the hill, I decided immediately to swallow the pill and cycle up again.

After this involuntary excursion, I used my phone for navigation and needed to check every 5-10 minutes. Despite the regular checking, soon after I was tempted by the signs again and cycled a beautiful downhill trail, just to notice a few minutes later that I was off the route once more and the only way back was - once again - going uphill and steep along the highway.

Despite the effort, I couldn't ignore the fact that under other circumstances this beautiful forest with the hills would be perfect for some trail surfing and cardio workout.

 

The first D7 (=pilgrims route) sign

After some more navigating via phone, I finally found the first D7 sign just before Sottorf. Afterwards the navigation became a little easier.....until they left out the D7 sign on one of the next markers and I cycled into the wrong direction again....this time I first cycled the hill up for 15 minutes just to come back to the intersection I was before. But at least the way back was nice.

And the correct way was a closed road (just open to cyclists and pedestrians) and it was A-W-E-S-O-M-E!! A nearly fresh paved broad road through the forest, at first a slight uphill ride but afterwards a loooooooooooooooooooooooong way down. The next 5k were done in a flash :-) Since it was Saturday, a lot of race cyclists were around making the most of the closed road.

This forest highway was definitely one of the highlights on this day.

Afterwards the game against the wind, getting lost and losing time one the way was on again.

After starting into the day relatively motivated, I was in a rollercoaster of emotions, frustration being one of the more dominant ones. I also visited the holiday camp Heidenau because I thought about spending the night there but since that would have costed me 85 Euros (without breakfast), I decided to cycle on.

The town I originally had in mind to stay for the night was Zeven but since I lost so much time and energy in the morning I settled for Sittensen cutting 15k off the day's "route budget". In Sittensen I choose the first hotel I saw, the Hotel zur Mühle (=Hotel at the Mill) and got - once again - the very last room.

Also the hostess was suuuuuuuuuuuuuuper, suuuper friendly, the room was huge (in comparison to the night before) and light and clean and there was fruit and sweets, a full waterbottle ;-) and I felt immediately at home.

I also got the recommendation for an Italian restaurant which I visited later and set in the beergarden enjoying the evening sun.

So I got again a conciliative finale after a rather rough day.

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