For the 10 year anniversary of when Nadja and I met, we hunted out some of the cherry blossoms around Berlin. We cycled through some lovely parks, and made it to the Kirschblütenallee (Cherry Blossom Avenue) on the site of the former Berlin Wall to enjoy this amazing area. Spring may finally be here!
Spring made a welcome return just in time for the final BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft route. A lovely sunny day cycling through nature reserves, forests and along waterways. Bonus visit to the Schloss Dammsmühle with an interesting CV and yet another foiled sabotage attempt!
BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft 20/21: Stage 5/6 – Zwischen Prärie und Potsdam / Between Prairie and Potsdam
The penultimate BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft route passed through the prairie landscape of the Döberitzer Heide, along canals where I raced against barges and through many lovely trails. Lots of wildlife spotting too plus some bike balancing acrobatics were needed to cross over a ditch. Thankfully my clumsy nature was hibernating.
BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft 20/21: Stage 4/6 – Durch die sozialistischen Ferienträume: Dubrow – Pätzer Hintersee / Through the Socialist Holiday Dreams: Dubrow – Pätzer Hintersee
The shortest of the BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft routes was the toughest one so far. Rooty trails, sandy paths and high blood glucose made for a very tough ride. At least the gorgeous lakes and spring weather made up for it.
BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft 20/21: Stage 3/6 – Berlins versteckter Südosten / Berlin’s Hidden Southeast
The next BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft route took me through pine forests, along the Oder-Spree-Kanal and over the river Dahme. Blood glucose fuelling just about paid off and I learned that my German sounds like Swiss-German when my blood glucose is low. Good to know.
BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft 20/21: Stage 2/6 – Dem Gamengrund auf den Grund gehen / Getting to the Bottom of the Gamengrund
With Flash fixed, I had another crack at the BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft route that was previously derailed. This time I successfully sped around lovely lakes and through dense forests despite my blood glucose being super-needy!
BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft 20/21: Aborted Stage 2/6 – Dem Gamengrund auf den Grund gehen / Getting to the bottom of the Gamengrund
My second attempt at one of the BRC Endspurt Meisterschaft routes was unfortunately a short lived one. One of the dangers of cycling through forests threw a spanner in the works aka a stick in the derailleur.
I registered to take part in an off-road cycling series presented by the BRC Endspurt cycling club. I tackled the first of six loops on a window of spring after a week of snow! Here are my thoughts and experiences of the beautiful (but sandy) forests and lakes just south of Potsdam.
A beautiful autumn day was ideal for visiting all 8 of Berlin’s mills. This was a lovely loop in the city focussing on buildings not really associated with big cities! The back stories, as well as the current uses, of these mills is also very interesting – featuring a “Murder Mill” going up in flames, World War II and people getting caught in the vanes.
This is the second in a two part series of my Tour to all six of the Siedlungen der Berliner Moderne (Berlin Modernism Housing Estates). This post looks at the Wohnstadt Carl Legien, Gartenstadt Falkenberg and the Hufeisensiedlung Britz. These three estates feature some amazingly colourful designs which really popped when I visited.