EuroVelo 7 - Zehdenick to Wesenberg 55 km
First I wish you all a fantastic new year with good health and energy to do what you love and a bit of curiosity to discover new things this year, like maybe EuroVelo? :)
Personally this year I wish to grow the habit of writing which I find very difficult to implement for countless reasons but gives me great joy and purpose if I do it. So my new year resolution would be to write a post every two weeks which is something I publicly challenge myself to do. At the year end if I'll be successful it means I have written 24 articles (compared to only 5 last year) which will translate in more engagement for me here and also more inspiration for you so it's a win-win for everybody.
After a bit of rain last night and a good night rest I was ready to start my third day of touring on EuroVelo 7 route from Berlin to Copenhagen.
I really appreciate the availability of a hot cup of coffee in the morning while touring and wish to compliment the campings that offer this service. Being a coffee lover I like to take my time to enjoy it while drafting the day ahead, hear the birds singing in the background, look at the sky above, observe the nature around me and just be present in that very moment before staring the day when usually life takes over.
Hm, what's going on here with this little train? Looks like an amusement park! Actually this is an old brick factory transformed into an industrial museum. Curious as I am I decided to buy a ticket of course and learn more about this craft which is quite an interesting and complex one you'll see.
The whole area of Zehdenick where the Mildenberg Brickyard Park is located was once the largest brick-making area in Europe due to clay availability on the banks of the River Havel. Many buildings in Berlin after the WW2 were reconstructed with bricks manufactured here and transported on barges via the river Havel.
Now let's get out of the kiln and enjoy a walk in the park on this beautiful sunny day.
This is all great for some screen free quality family time. All of these activities combined with the bike touring adventure to get here will make up for an unforgettable holiday for the kids. If this is their first tour it should be an easy one like this coupled with some fun experiences along the route like this factory visit and some lake swimming breaks in between not to mention the whole camping experience in the evening. While writing this article I am also thinking to repeat this portion from Berlin to Wesenberg with my wife and our 8 years old son as our own family touring premiere.
Will need to burn some calories to get there so I propose to start by filling the tank first.
Sometimes I find a place like this and the weather is just perfect, a place I see for the first time, a place I like, where I want to hit the brakes and take my 5 minutes of being quiet and just be present, savouring that moment of peace of mind in this noisy world.
Imagine all the birds singing in the forest while slowly pushing the bike uphill.
30 min later...
This unexpected rain now made my camping finding decision easier cause I just looked for the nearest one on the map and went straight there.
I arrived at the NaturCamping am Ellbogensee when the rain stopped and just in time to catch the sunset. The reception is open until 8 PM in the summer time in most campings but if you want to take a hot shower after a long day of cycling you better arrive a bit earlier because you'll need a special key token to have running hot water in the showers for which you'll need to pay extra at the reception when checking in. Unfortunately I didn't knew about it and had my second cold shower that day.
How did you enjoyed our trip so far? Hope you'll find some inspiration here for your upcoming holiday this year.
See you soon for our fourth day of bike touring on EuroVelo 7 along the beautiful Havel river exploring the Mecklenburg Lake Plateau.
Until next time,
All photos were taken with my iPhone 11 and Sony DSC-HX60V camera.
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