Stage 5 of the Grand Tour de Grüne Hauptwege is the North-South complement to the West-East route of Stage 1. I cycled from Buch along the lovely Pankeweg (Panke Route) right into the heart of Berlin. The way south continued through many green stretches before I reached the fields which the Berlin Wall used bisect. Here, I found a mobile phone and managed to reunite it with its owner!
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.
Cycling the Berliner Mauerweg (Berlin Wall Path) has been on my To Do List for ages! I finally managed to complete the whole path in a single day and it was well worth it. Starting (and ending) in central Berlin, passing along waterways and along fields – the varied terrain and sights were fantastic. But also a reminder of how West Berlin was surrounded by a huge concrete wall and that many East Berliners risked their lives to cross that border.
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.
Stage 44 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel focused on the tram routes that run through the eastern part of Berlin. After a non-start in the previous Stage, this time my special guest was plagued by chain drops!
I tackled one of the longer S-Bahn routes between Blankenfelde and Bernau during Stage 36 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel. My blood glucose was striving to make me not enjoy the ride but it failed as it was a lovely Stage in some beautiful weather.
Stage 24 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel followed some of the transport routes that pass through some of the posh areas of Berlin. It was also an opportunity to visit some of the Holocaust memorials in these areas.
Stage 19 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel took in bus routes in many of the Southern districts of Berlin. I discovered a donkey statue, Las Vegas inspired dorms, a thatched roof U-Bahn station and more!
Stage 13 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel had huge significance – it would be the first time the Grand Tour would pay tribute to Pi’s birth place in Mahlsdorf!