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.
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.
A deeper (but brief) look into the history of the infamous Berlin Wall and the dedicated Cycle Route in its shadow. The Berliner Mauerweg is a great way to learn about the recent past and also see how much has changed since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
This recap of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel looks at the history of the public transport network in Berlin. And takes a deep dive into the highs and lows (pun intended) of blood glucose management during the 59 stages.
Here is the first of two recaps of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel looking into the whys and hows. Plus some best and worst ofs after I completed the 59 Stages!
The final Stage of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel arrived! A beautiful sunny day meant I could really enjoy this lovely ride between Berlin and Potsdam. Once finishing the final route – the U3 – I celebrated with Nadja at the Brandenburg Gate. Very proud to have completed all the public transport routes.
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 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.
Stage 40 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel was a mixture of busy roads and idyllic forest. Plus dealing with a loose cleat screw!
Nadja joined me for the first part of the Stage 37 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel. This was a decidedly social Stage, as we had lunch with a friend in Kladow before parting ways. Only for me to get lost in the abandoned barracks of Krampnitz!