Day 07 – Haage to Munich (Germany)

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I left on Saturday night at about 10:45pm, and rode through the night. There was no traffic on the Autobahn, and it was easy going. At first it was 18 degrees Celsius, which was nice, but within a few hours the temperature had dropped to 11 degrees, which wasn’t so nice. So I had a few stops along the way. At one stop, which lasted about an hour, I sat and read a German computer magazine.

As I neared Munich, the sun was starting to think about rising, and it was very pretty. There was a bit of heavy fog, but nothing too concerning.

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I was already passed the center of Munich when the sun finally poked it’s head over the horizon.

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And then a little while later, I was admiring the sun rising over the Starnberger See (Lake).

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I decided that I had time to circumnavigate the lake – and it was well worth the ride.

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Notice the snow still on the mountains in the distance?

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But it was shaping up to be a great day! Virtually no clouds to be seen anywhere.

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The road was very relaxing – the greenery was stunning.

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I bought some pretzels for breakfast and sat by the lake. It was so peaceful.

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And it wasn’t long before I had circumnavigated the lake, fuelled up the bike and packed all my stuff.

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I travelled 2750km in 5 days (plus two days without riding), and had averaged 100.6km/h for the whole trip despite snow and rain.

It was a wonderful experience, and I can highly recommend it to anyone. Frankly, if I hadn’t had to go to Berlin, I would have spent a few days touring the Black Forest instead. That would have made this trip perfect.

And as for AllRoundRent? I have not heard from them since I returned the bike, so I presume they were happy with everything. I certainly was, and will rent from them again!

Day 06 – Friedensau (Germany)

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I once again left the bike in the shed, and travelled with my aunty and uncle by car to Friedensau, the Seventh-day Adventist University located near Berlin.

It was a beautiful morning, and the fields were in full bloom. Around Berlin the roads are very straight, as the land is very flat.

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My uncle commented, that Friedensau must be the only village in Germany that has a sign advertising church services on Saturday.

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I was surprised by the size of the campus, as there are only approximately 200 students. However, they do offer three bachelor programs and 5 masters programs. I guess each program is comprised of a rather intimate class.

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This is one of the key buildings – it houses the administration and also the chapel.

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The inside of the chapel.

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The new library.

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Some of the staff and student accommodation.

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The old and the new fire station.

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A post office, which doesn’t open on Saturday, but opens on Sunday mornings.

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Adventist youth from around the northern part of Germany had a camp at the time I was there, and this was their main meeting tent.

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There is an adventure course and climbing wall for use by the youth.

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And finally, there is also a retirement village – all in all, Friedensau is a well thought out community. I think it would be a great place to study!

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Day 05 – Stölln (Germany)

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I didn’t do any riding this day, as I hopped in the car with my aunty to visit one the local attractions. It is an old Interflug IL-62 plane, that had completed the maximum allowable number of takeoffs and landings. Just a short while before the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik – East Germany) reunited with West Germany, this plane was flown to Stölln, where a small airfield operated for the use of glider planes. To get this plane here, the insides were removed and the weight of the plane reduced from about 90 tonnes to just 75 tonnes, but that was still technically too heavy for a grass airfield. Well, its a long story, and you can read all the details elsewhere.

Here are some links to get you started:

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Day 04 – Heiligenblut to Haage (Austria, Germany)

Austria, Bogenhofen, Germany, SDA Church, Travel 1 Comment
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