Back on Hess and 4th again.

So I made it to Hamburg. However in the process I turned a 310 mile ride into a 370 mile one. I know that there was 20 miles out of the port of Rotterdam I hadn’t accounted for but I’m not sure about the rest. I think following bike routes rather than roads means I had a few unnecessary scenic detours. I say unnecessary as most roads in Germany have a wide shared seperate pavement for pedestrians and cyclists. So I could have navigated purely using signage designed for cars.
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It’s nice to have a day off after those miles as 70 and 80 mile days weren’t really in my plan. I may however do one more big day tomorrow before catching the ferry to Denmark on Thursday. In Denmark I am the most organised I’ve ever been and have had a route kindly created for me by a twitter contact @bikeAlottle. I also pretty much know where I’m going to camp as the country has designated wild camping areas. So the days are, if all goes to plan definitely going to be shorter. I just need to line up somewhere to stay in Copenhagen and it’s all planned and set out!
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It was also nice in Hamburg to stay with a friend from Leeds who is living over here and just spend some time relaxing and exploring. I’ve been here before in 2007 (I think) but that was a bit of a whistle stop tour involving a gig and a football game. Today I had a really nice cruise up the river on the ferry which you can do with thr day travel pass train ticket. Wandered some familiar and less familiar streets and sat in the park in the sun and read.
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It’s weird I had my usual big city misgivings. The anxiety of too many people flooding by me but I also felt strangely at home. It set me thinking that I am getting used to location and friendships being fluid and often fleeting. I may see some of my friends who I used to see regularly less but I am seeing other friends in other towns more and making new friends as well. This feels good, I do like being sociable and it’s nice to create my own personal network of connections which is independent of geography and so adapts to my itchy wandering feet.
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It all makes me hopeful for the future that I don’t (yet) have to put my flag in the ground anywhere and can use my privilege to roam to connect with people, enjoy their company and learn from them. If anything I’m not sure how I would feel if something or someone presented themselves that made me think about staying in one place for an extended period of time. It’s now almost a scary thought, but as they say we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

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