I shaved 91 miles off the riding by hopping on a train from Stendal to Hannover. It was a 9.30 am departure and amazingly, considering the distance, arrived an hour ish later.
Everything here caters for bicycles and the trains are no different. An entire carriage was for bikes and their concerned owners could sit (with half an eye on their wheels) in the same carriage. The journey was quick, cheap and smooth and puts the UK to shame.
I had the whole day to enjoy the sun in Hannover.