-A reportage in 5 parts about a bicycle tour through Germany – June 2007-
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Bike, beer, and breakfast.
Our first touch down after Seattle was Paris. We were late already but I thought we were in another world when the plane took more than half an hour to taxi around on Charles de Gaul Airport, crossing freeways, getting into traffic jams with other planes and bus traffic and finally coming to a stop somewhere far away from any terminal. The following bus ride took about an hour and felt like traveling in downtown Paris at rush hour, stop and go in totally chaotic traffic of cars, airplanes, and trains. We missed the connecting flight by hours and had to stand in line for rescheduling.
The river Weser comes into view, along which we plan to ride our bike. The little villages look like organically grown in the landscape, not stamped out on the ground, regardless where it happens to be, like in other younger places on this globe.
To be honest, I had expected at least half of the cars in Germany to be of this environmentally innovative kind, the truth is they still love big and powerful cars too, you can even see American SUVs, Jeeps, and pick up trucks. But it is changing fast.
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There is a terrific bike path along the entire river, often on both sides. Old maintenance tracks and agricultural roads where no cars are allowed. No grades either! It’s a biker’s dream! I know the river from paddling half a lifetime ago but never bicycled here, so everything is quite new to me.
— to be continued —
Klaus July 2, 2007