The eleventh Grüner Hauptweg was a stunning ride where I visited most of the lakes making up the Grunewaldseenkette (Grunewald Lake Chain). These lakes are surrounded by villas, lush forests and are very popular with swimmers, hikers and cyclists. A truly magnificent ride!
I visited the three tallest structures in Berlin during the final Stage of the Tour de Tall. All three were built to transmit radio/TV signals and built when Berlin was divided, which played a role in their final states. I mainly cycled through the lush forests of Berlin before the final stop in central Berlin where loads of people were enjoying the sun.
The Tour de Tall consists of four separate Stages visiting the 17 highest structures in Berlin in ascending order. This first Stage zig-zagged through central Berlin to reach the five “shortest” structures – all stacks from different power plants. This was a lovely ride in the sun and I could even visit Nadja and the cats for lunch.
Stage 57 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel was a lesson in insulin sensitivity. I had to constantly eat to keep my blood glucose in a safe range! Thankfully wearing a CGM helped prevent any dangerous lows. Aside from ever present blood glucose issues, I explored some lovely urban and green areas within Berlin while ticking off another five bus and one tram route.
Stage 54 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel took on 8 bus routes around the south western districts of Berlin. I was joined by Nick for the final time of this Grand Tour and he successfully completed all the bus routes but couldn’t make it home without incident! We saw a graceful grass snake swimming across the Teltow Canal and enjoyed some coffee and cake too.
I finally completed all of the S-Bahn routes during Stage 53 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel. This was the S3 running from West to East and I took in some brutalist architecture and cycled through the long stretches of forest. There was also a refreshing summer rainfall too on the way back to central Berlin.
Stage 51 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel would again take me out of Berlin where I visited the neighbouring towns of Potsdam and Teltow. I took the opportunity to explore the Düppel forest between Potsdam and Berlin and discovered some great graffiti on ruins of train tracks.
Stage 49 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel tackled the penultimate S-Bahn route between Oranienburg and Wannsee. This allowed me the visit many lakes in the north and south of Berlin plus Kaffeeklatsch (gossip over coffee) with friends too.
Stage 46 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel was a beautiful loop around Wannsee. I visited a friend and contended with needy blood glucose during a ride with perfect cycling conditions.
The U8 was the backbone of Stage 42 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel. This was very much a modern history tour by crossing along the path of the Berlin Wall and cycling by many of the “ghost stations” during the Cold War.