I didn’t forget about my Bike Tour and it is time to come back to it. Things happened on this tour that kind of are making it hard to really write about it, because I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have, but that just comes later on in the story.
The tour itself was short and quite flat, not much up, a little bit down towards Hamburg, it was nice and relaxed and a total of 37 km on the bike and 10 km on foot through Hamburg.
It still was the 3rd Day on the road and we did feel it. Our bums hurt like hell and my mother was more than happy over the short distance.
While I accidentally added some km by following the signs instead of Google, we still made it easily into Hamburg and arrived around noon, to early to check into our Hostel.
On the way we actually came by a Bike Store and we dared to look for new bags for my mother. Remember they fell apart the Day before. But the prices where super expensive. I mean they probably have great quality, but it would be a bit over the top to buy these for just another 4 Days on the Bike.
So we asked if they had some kind of ropes or other stuff to fasten the broken bags better and while they actually didn’t have anything of that kind on sale, one of the guys working there gave us a bunch of plastic bands and also some velcro. They where solid and strong and we got them for free.
I have the feeling the bike community is a quite tight-knit community, who really helps out each other.
Nice feeling to be part of this. So we made our way to the Instant Sleep Hostel.
By the way if you are wondering, they didn’t pay me to mention them, I just really liked the feel of it and figured I might as well give you all the facts about the tour, to make it simpler for you if you decide to go to Hamburg 😉
A cute place, the common room is great with lots of comfy places and they got free coffee and tea and a kitchen to use.
The only stupid part is that the Hostel is on the second floor. So we had to take down all of our luggage, carry it all up, before we could carry our bikes up. Kind of a pain in the ass, but manageable.
Now we had the whole afternoon in Hamburg.
We could have gone sightseeing, but I was super tired and my knee was a bit swollen. Instead we went to the next stores and bought two white tops and some markers, to make our very own touring shirts. Not that it changed anything, as I already stated, me trying to collect donations for amnesty international has been a big failure.
But hey I didn’t know that yet.
So afterwards we rewarded ourself with some lovely steak and got like a freaking huge plate of delicious food =) The restaurant is a chain called Schweinske.
They might not have the highest quality of meat, but it was well cooked, plenty and we really enjoyed it!
On our way back we bought a bag of frozen green peas to ice my knee and while I was writing my first post, with the bag of peas on my knee, because there was actual working internet, my mother painted her shirt and the backside of mine.
In the evening we went for a small stroll through Hamburg.
I didn’t quite get warm with this city. Compared to Kiel it seemed so rough and harsh.There where so many people drinking in the streets and crowds around.
Didn’t quite get the excitement over the red light district either.
I mean we weren’t even allowed to enter te truly interesting bit. Maybe you need to visit these places with a local to really get the vibes, but for me, I didn’t quite like Hamburg. Hard to explain, just didn’t connect.
We anyway got ourselves some Astra, which I surprisingly enjoyed and enjoyed the view across the river.
When we returned it was already 12 o’clock and me any my mom just fell into our beds. Time to sleep 😉
Hope you are enjoying following me and my mother on this trip and if you have any questions about the preparations, the tour itself or biking in germany, feel free to ask me. I would love to help you out =)
Have a great Day and see you for the next part of the tour next week!