- Distance Instructions
- Distance 62.00 km
- Time 4 h 9 min
- Speed 15.0 km/h
- Min altitude 0 m
- Peak 0 m
- Climb 741 m
- Descent 780 m
After a veeeeeeeeeeery refreshing night and an absolutely phenomenal breakfast at the Hotel zur Muehle (*hint**hint**hint* ;-) ), I started quite relaxed in my cycling day.
This changed pretty quickly when I found the first contradicting cycling signs, only 10 minutes after I started. Additionally, the distance on the sign said 84 km whereas my phone calculated the (shortest) route at 52 km.
I chose one of the trails but the direction felt so wrong that I circled back and took the other direction and indeed when I checked with my phone, my gut feeling was confirmed. And although the path was really only a trail, it led to the road which my phone declared the "optimal" route.
In case you're asking why I didn't check my phone in the first place: I did. But sometimes, the lines are that close to each other that it's hard to see which is the correct one.
The rest of the trip I followed the instructions on my phone because the official markers of the cycling path Hamburg-Bremen were often contradicting and sometimes instructed me to head into the direction I was coming from.
Until Zeven I still followed the signs more or less but after leaving the city limits the signs headed straight South although Bremen is directly West (and a tiny little bit South) of Zeven. That's when I left the official cycling path completely and only used the phone as navigation and cycled along small country roads, through villages, started seeing farmers markets again.
The sun was shining, there was close to no traffic and it was a wonderful (very) warm, relaxing day and a route through a countryside landscape - which is apparently fixated on Easter. All the villages have names like Ostereistedt (=Easteregg....)....ok, Wikipedia suggests that the term "Oster" roots either from "Ost" (=East) or the stream "Oste"....but they do have an official post office for the Easter bunny!! ;-)
Apparently the whole atmosphere was too relaxed for me and so I started to be bored and focused on everything that hurt (feet, backside) and wasn't perfect (road conditions, signs, people,....) instead of enjoying my surroundings.
I also got fixated on the idea to find a farmer's cafe with some nice (big) cake. Because I was so impatient I followed a big sign promising a "beer and coffee garden". I had never heard about a coffee garden before, so it got my attention.
I came from the back entrance which looked like an absolutely normal cafe/restaurant terrace but when I entered the building I found a typical Asian interior which I eventually identified as Mongolian grill restaurant (the Kutscher Behrens, for anyone who is interested ;-)). I asked a waitress if they also had cakes on offer which she confirmed. She led me to the desert table and there were indeed a Windbeutel-Torte, a Northern German specialty, and Tiramisu. Of course, everything was prepared as part of a buffet so the pieces were tiny. So I took both, the Windbeutel-Torte and the Tiramisu and took a seat outside.
After two, maybe three, minutes everything had disappeared into my stomach and my appetite was really stimulated but before I had to pay for the complete "All you can eat" offer, I decided to look for a real cafe ;-)
Which I found just a few kilometers further, the cafe Boccia in Liliental. There I got a nice rasperry cheese cake and also some nice inside tips by an elderly lady who came to sit at my table just before I was leaving.
I cycled the remaining 5 kilometers and arrived happily at my AirBnB accommodation were I could wash my laundry and have nice Greek meal just a few blocks away. I was also looking forward a lot to a day in one place :-)