Mauerweg Fahrrad Tour……Biking along the historical Berlin Wall Path
My Bucket List is long, as I assume so is yours, one item on that long list is biking the Berlin Wall Path. So when my girl friends from Cloppenburg and I started planning our first annual bike trip, the Berlin Wall Path was the logical choice. I live in Kleinmachnow(a former East German Town) which just happens to be along the Path! We had three days to cover 160 Km..should be no problem, right? Well, normally you are right, but we are in germany and the weather is not always your friend and well, then there is the issue with the flat tire……but I will get to that later.
3 Girls ready to tackle the Mauerweg! This picture was taken along the Teltowkanal
The girls were lucky to come in May….the cherry trees were in full bloom. Along this part of the Wall Path, the Japanese Embassy planted these trees…..
Selfie…#2(be prepared…we sort of took a lot of these!)
Time for a short break to take some pictures! It was so peaceful …we hardly spoke, just rode our bikes and took in the world around us…….simply perfect
and then the rain came……we were sort of lost for moment, but thankfully a man and his dog pointed us in the right direction. After about 30 k with no store or bakery in sight, we found a gas station where we could get a cup of coffee and dry off. After about an hour we decided to brave the storm and get back on our bikes(i seriously just wanted to call a cab that would drive me to a bar) The girls had rain gear…jacket and pants…me? just a rain jacket, no rain pants……..need I say more?
We made it! Oberbaumbrücke! 50 KM later and were at our destination for the day. Which was a good thing, as Petra got a flat tire…….so after enjoying the sites and getting a bite to eat, we boarded a train that would take us back home….where my husband was waiting with the car!
3 happy and now dry Girls at the EAST SIDE GALLERY
DAY 2….the sun is shining and tires are being checked
Riding through the forest……again the peace was amazing. Along the entire path are markers with information about the people who had tried to flee east germany at those points. We always stopped to read the markers….it is very hard to comprehend what these people must have felt.
For the most part, the path is very easy to follow…signs all along the way pointing you in the right direction. BUT, every once in awhile that was not the case…….. had to love it! So we would study the map, flip a coin and continue on!
Selfie Nr. 3…. Glienke Brücke
Time for a break and a can of sparkling wine….oh yea SELFIE Nr. 4
The sparkling wine helped get us through the next part….riding UP HILL!
Yippeee……it is all down hill from here!
To get to our next point, we needed to take the fairy from Wannsee to Kladow….how cool
In Gatow, you can find an orginal piece of the wall in its orginal spot.
My girlfriends are standing in the west while I stand in the east to take the picture….I still can not wrap my brain around the whole concept of a wall dividing friends and family……
a picture is worth a thousands words……..the second flat tire, this time it was me. So I sent my husband and SOS and I sent the girls on their way… they rode their bikes back to Kleinmachnow(app. 20km) and I waited for my husband to come with the car.
This was to my dismay, the end of our tour…the weather for Day 3 was RAIN RAIN RAIN…we managed about half of the path….app. 90 KM, so I am not complaing….
Even though had lots of rain and too many flat tires, we all agreed it was a great time and we are already planning the next trip!