Soon we´ll be leaving Germany. We’re really enjoying it. The people have been great. The scenery, since it’s all new to us, has been enjoyable. The culture is surprisingly similar to ours. It’s still very much a car culture but the public transportation and bicycle infrastructure is much better than ours. Food prices are much cheaper than in the US, which has been a treat.We’ve been following the North Coast Route and are now heading south. We’re in a small town called Nordenham and will head towards Leer today, maybe, Patti has caught a cold and isn’t feeling great. We may stay put until she’s feeling better.
We´ve had wind, a lot of wind. We´re the only people we´ve met going south. Everyone else seems to be smart enough to have the wind help them. 🙂
We had hard, cold and windy rain for about 48 hours straight a few days back. We guess we received around 4″ of rain from the storm. Due to the rain we´ve avoided riding dirt much and have stayed on the paved routes. Its been´quite cold for some time. Today is clear, warm, sunny and calm, finally.
Behind my bike, and to the right, is the dike that protects the area from the sea. The paved bike trail runs right along it for many miles. Quite a few shops along the way are catering to cyclists.
We asked at a community garden, on the edge of a village, if we could camp there. The caretaker was happy to have us stay, he offered us fresh strawberries, cookies and beer too.
We´ve taken several ferries, this one is a mirror image of the one we were riding.
Food has been incredibly inexpensive in Germany. Overall it´s around 30-40% less than the US. Beer is cheaper than bottled water! Wine is also inexpensive. We´ll miss this the most about Germany. One Euro=1.33 US dollars
In a couple of days we´ll be in Holland. We´re in Nordenham this AM. Patti has come down with a cold so we´ll probably stay close to town today. Hopefully tomorrow we´ll be on the move again.
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I´m using a German keyboard with odd characters and no spell check. Sorry about the typos. 🙂