Hamburg

Smiley by name & nurtureNothing much to report today, as if there is any day 🙂 A rather pleasant time pushing the very aptly named Smilla (9 months old) with beautiful  ‘pausbackem‘ apple cheeks in Danish or for me chubby chops 🙂 around the Alster river lake for a couple of hours.

I refound the Jody bike shop and bought the TopLight Line brake plus rear light to match my dynamo. This rear light increases in intensity when braking hard so should be interesting when braking in heavy traffic.

1-IMG_0202The park around the lake is interesting as it is used extensively by runners using the Alster auto electronic recording system (today’s record was 27 minutes, I took 90 minutes walking with the push chair & eating an ice cream! It’s good to see they still having drinking fountains instead of expecting everyone to buy bottled water.

Fascinating to go into a Curry’s type sho, MediMax to be told they don’t accept credit cards! What a country – I will just buy it from Amazon instead…

In the evening we went to the Harms & Schatt restaurant, excellent food & good views but perhaps not the best with two very young kids 🙂

According to Moves I’ve done 24,671 steps burning 973 cals over my daily budget in 3hr 55min. Fitbit says 25,122 steps and 3,087 cals burnt in 98 active mins. So not bad for a rest day..

Day 10 on The Elbe Biketrail – Geesthacht to Hamburg

1-IMG_3830After last nights heavy rain & thunderstorms this morning was shrouded in thick mist. Today was going to be a short biking day so I thought I would go easy on the breakfast 🙂 although it’s incredibly hard to resist the brown bread rolls covered in sunflower seeds.

I eventually left at half past ten, after doing a blog post and answering loads of emails. Just around the corner you pass the now defunct Krümmel Nuclear Power Plant capable of producing in it’s heyday 10,000 GWh per year, always fascinating to me that Nuclear Power  Plants seem to be built near borders!  To continue the energy theme a mile or so further on there is a hydro electric scheme generating an annual 10GWh since 1958. I loved the few solar panels tagged onto the hillside.

1-IMG_0189The route was along dedicated cycle tracks for most of the way through farmland with lots of greenhouses, in Funfhausen it started to rain so made time for a plum tart & coffee both delicious.

Hamburg has very little urban sprawl so you seem to go from farmland to city centre very quickly. I eventually found my way to Carens for a coffee & some of her daughters cale 🙂 then for a quick walk and ice cream around the lake.

1-IMG_0191You can run around a lake and they have a cunning electronic system by Alster so you can automatically time yourself.

In the evening I met up to stay with Sandra,  Em’s au pair from 19 years ago, her husband & two gorgeous girls. Pleased to say she has decent internet but unbelievably O2 is still on GPRS in this part of Central Hamburg.

Strava says I did nearly 31 miles the days photos are here.