It started brilliantly leaving Nauen nice and early, in perfect weather. 20 ish miles of continuous cycle paths (50 from Berlin) with only occasional need to cross roads.
Then all of a sudden Germanys wondrous bike paths disappeared, the rain started coming down and I had no choice but to ride a fast and busy road with no space for bikes. I was pedalling as hard as possible to get off the road asap but it went on and on.
When I eventually did get off, the 'faultless' google maps started letting me down too. It was trying to get me to go down routes that weren't there or back on to far too busy roads. I was getting very pissed off with it all.
I'd opted to go to Gardelegen today which should have been 61 ish miles, my absolute limit at the moment.
However with google maps taking me in circles reaching my destination would have meant riding about 75 miles. Yes unbelievably somehow 15 ish miles was added by the sheer confusion on my maps.
Just as I was riding into a town about 20 miles from Gardelegen an amazing couple pulled up in the camper van. With broken English they wanted to check I was fine. I was ok and just wanted to get going because it was getting late but they warned me that the rest of the route was more busy roads with no cycle paths.
In about a millisecond I decided to find accommodation in the town I was on the fringe of. My mood instantly much better as I now only had a mile or so to ride to find a new hotel. They were my angels for the day. I wanted to chase them and give them both a massive hug but they'd gone.
Anyway, as the first 20 miles tomorrow is busy roads with no cycle paths I'm getting a train 90 miles to Hanover just to be sure 😉
I know from experience not to overdo it to start with and a rest day tomorrow will help my muscles repair.
55 miles done in 7 hours today despite google wank maps telling me it should have taken 4 hours 20 mins