GOING HOME

// DAY 1

HAMBURG - BREMEN

This is day 1 of our GOING HOME adventure. We have planned to ride 140 km from Hamburg to Bremen, where Jana's father lives.

// DAY 2

BREMEN - OSNABRÜCK

Today's menu: 136km from Bremen to Osnabrück. Halfway of our route and home of Jana's twin sister.

Tag 2 unserer Going Home Tour war lang. Länger als der erste Tag und hatte ein paar Höhenmeter mehr. Diese waren kurz vor unserer Unterkunft und zögerten unsere Zeit im Sattel unnötig heraus.

Aber beginnen wir am Anfang.

Nach etwa 90 km konnten wir am Vortrag geplante ersehnte Pommes Pause am Dümmer See machen. Der Imbiss hieß „Biker“ (mit und ohne Motor) herzlich willkommen.

Eine Portion Pommes und ein kaltes zuckerhaltiges Getränk war genau das, was wir jetzt brauchten. Als Stärkung und als Motivation.

Ein kleines Stück fuhren wir noch am See vorbei, was, nach 1,5 Tagen fast ohne Menschen ein wenig überfordernd war. Denn an einem Sonnigen Sonntag Mittag verbachten viele ihre Zeit am See. Was wir jedenfalls beim weiterfahren feststellten war, das unsere Pos immer wunder wurden und im Sattel sitzen echt unangenehm wurde.

// DAY 3

OSNABRÜCK - WERNE

0 of 500km

“Piep, Piep, Piep.” 4:43 Uhr, der Wecker klingelt. Hallo Tag 3.

An dritten Tag gab es frischen Kaffee aus der French Press, Janas Schwester war mit uns aufgestanden und so machten wir zusammen Frühstück und saßen mit einer Tasse Kaffee zusammen am Tisch. Und wir mussten uns entscheiden.

Würde Björns Knie die geplanten 120 km schaffen? Welche Alternativen haben wir? Wir wollten auch in Werne noch ein bisschen auf den Rändern unterwegs sein, was natürlich nicht klappen würde, wenn das Knie komplett hinüber wäre. Was war unsere beste Option?

Eine Runde Yoga und eine Entscheidung später, schleppen wir unsere Fahrräder vollbepackt die Treppe wieder runter. Es war schon hell, denn wir hatten uns mehr Zeit gelassen. Und es war kälter.

Nach 3 km erreichten wir den Bahnhof in Osnabrück. Wir nahmen den Zug nach Münster, so konnten wir 80 km einsparen und die restlichen Kilometer nach Werne mit dem Rad zurücklegen. Wir erhofften uns, das Björn Knie so geschont wird und wir trotzdem nicht komplett auf das Fahren verzichten mussten.

Natürlich ließen sich unsere Fahrräder im Zug nicht richtig befestigen und so musste Jana bei jedem Stop aufstehen und ihr Rad festhalten. Was waren wir froh, als wir in Münster ankamen und wieder auf unsere Räder springen konnten.

  • Bei Björns Mutter ankommen und vom Hund etwas zu überschwänglich begrüßt werden
  • Spontan Badesachen kaufen, für den nächsten Off-day im Sole Bad
  • Drei Tage, knapp 320km, ko, wund, aber glücklich
  • Nächstes mal vllt die Etappen auf 80km pro Tag setzen

This will be the first time for us to take on the Festive 500 challenge and with the cold, dark and rainy winter days ahead, it can be hard to find the motivation to get outside and ride. This is where the fact that we are both tackling the challenge together, rather than one person having to struggle to get outside alone, is a huge advantage for us. 

We’ve spent the last few days preparing and thinking, because as the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” 


The heathland of the Nordheide

Highly motivated we planned our tour towards Lüneburg Heath for April 2nd, and suddenly we ended up with 130km to go. A lot of loose surface but also some tarmac ahead of us. Well knowing that we will certainly be hungry on this tour and due to the only open stores (supermarkets) would be completely overcrowded because of the Easter holidays, I baked small pizza buns to take with us the day before. Nothing is worse than being hungry on the road. I just like to be prepared.

So Saturday morning, after breakfast, at about 2° Celsius around 8:30 a.m. we started our day.
 
We rode through the Hafencity – pretty relaxed this morning, as a large part of the streets were closed off and security guards were standing around everywhere. Supposedly a film shoot took place here, of which we have seen nothing, but plenty of people took the chance to shoot here for YouTube or for Tik Tok – who knows.

Unfortunately, there are hardly any pictures of the rest of the route here. As Björn mentioned (time and time again), every single part of his body that was hurting, and each and every little hill that we had to climb, was draining all of our energy, I was already dreaming of something delicious to eat on the couch back home. We pushed on only to get home quickly. 

No later than at this point we were more complaining than enjoying the surroundings and the beautiful nature. But sometimes that’s the way it is. We have been very ambitiously approaching the route minding that we have not ridden so many kilometers at a time for quite a while. Most likely, we also felt the just under 800 meters of altitude directly. We are just real flatland folks. 

In total, we had 7 ½ hours of moving time and were on the road a little more than 10 hours.  Nevertheless, this route was beautiful and worthwhile in any case. We’ ll definitely ride it again.

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Wittmoor & Tangstedter Forst

After a ride to the West of Hamburg on Saturday, we found ourselves back on the sofa at night, talking about where to go to on Sunday. Like it does kinda often it ended up with “no clue, what do you think?” So we decided for a direction, North it was this time.

We opened up Komoot and started clicking and compiling our route. I knew from talking to a friend that he liked the Wittmoor and the Tangstedter Forst a lot, and as none of us had been there yet, this was going to be part of our route for sure. Added some other spots as well and ended up at around 70km.

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Nuclear Power Plant & Industrial Ruins

It’s Sunday, 8 o’clock, we knew we wanted to go ride our bikes today, but had not yet made a plan where to. I had two options in mind: for the upcoming Orbit360 series two tracks had been planned in the Hamburg area. Since one of the tracks included a place we had already ridden many times, the Holmer Sandberge, we decided to go for the other one. Our friends Johanna & Timo had scouted this track and I had seen interesting photos of it. But since we didn’t want to ride 190km, we replanned the track and made ourselves a barely 100km variant.

After having breakfast, at least for me since Jana didn’t really feel like eating a lot this morning, we were about to get ready. Well… Jana was. I myself first had to go on a quest for my socks. Do you know this situation? You’re searching the drawer for the pair of socks you’re looking for, but you just can’t find ’em. You’re looking again and again and all of a sudden the socks appear right in front of your eyes? How blind can one be? Anyway. Let’s just download the route to the Wahoo and off we go.

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