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Let's ride and explore: 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.


We then passed the futuristic "Elbbrücken" subway station. Architecturally, this one really looks impressive. From there crossing the old Elbbrücken, which contrast nicely with the new subway station, yet a beautiful site every time, both the bridges themselves and the view across the river towards the Landungsbrücken.

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We passed through Wilhelmsburg along small empty streets and paths, past garden clubs (of which there are quite a few here) and old beautiful houses. The remains of an Easter fire lingered in the air and there was one we passed. The wood was still all smoky.

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To cross the Süderelbe we had to go over a highway bridge. The water below us sparkled in the sunlight and we briefly watched the kayaks going underneath us in the water. At the end of the bridge a stairway led into the green and along a beautiful path. In the belief that we had to ride along there, I carried my bike down and we took a few pictures to then realize that this was not the right way and I had to carry my bike back up. Climbing stairs with a bike is always a lot of fun. Not.

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Now it was finally time for a break! Of course I (we) was hungry, but I also desperately needed a place for a pee break. Luckily we found a perfect place for both, in a small path with a wind turbine and no people anywhere in sight. We were looking forward to the delicious pizza buns only to realize disappointingly that these were somewhat dry. However, still better than having empty stomachs. Relieved and slightly satiated, we continued on our way.

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Slowly more and more nature was around us: the Seevetal. The path led along the Seeve. The Seeve springs between Handeloh and Undeloh and flows, after winding 40 km through the Geest, into the Elbe. There were several meadows full of horses and we passed through a small forest with a nice wooden bridge and right behind it an old stone bridge was waiting for us, the viaduct railroad bridge over the Seeve near Jesteburg.

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Heading in the direction of Undeloh, we rode through a beautiful forest area. In a hut we found greetings from Udo (whoever Udo was) and an artistically designed place to stop. The light and the forest had a magic all their own.

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When we finally reached Undeloh, the heathland opened up. Although not very much was in bloom at this time of year, the view across the heath is always beautiful. We wanted to take a break and for this we had a place in mind that was listed as a highlight on Komoot, a bench with a view overlooking the heath. However, thanks to the beautiful sunny day it was, the benches were all occupied by hikers or other cyclists. Hence, for the time being, no rest for us. Our cravings for food had to wait a little longer. And so we continued to follow the path through the heath, which became a small single trail with some roots. A beautiful ride. Eventually we found an empty bench for us and I was finally able to eat something. A little exhausted from the few meters of altitude that we are simply not used to. But that's the way it is when you live in such a flat region. Every little bit of a hill becomes a challenge.

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The route continued over cobblestones and sandy paths. We had to use our strength well, we were at just under 70km and basically already back on the way home, very close to the Seeve on a single trail and through the beautiful Büsenbachtal.

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Reaching exhaustion with the desire to only go home, we rode through the Brunsberg nature reserve and then on through woods near Buchholz and Rosengarten.

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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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