Arne is on his epic tour from Berlin to Bakewell to participate in L'Eroica Britannia vintage bicycle race on 22nd June. He arrived at his first destination in Helmstedt (Germany) very late in the night around 2 a.m. Next morning after great breakfast at his B&B he continued his journey. His goal on the second day was Bad Salzuflen (Germany). Here is what he wrote:
"It was a very hard day for me. I didn't calculate the head wind blowing in my face with 20 km/h until the sunset. It was a beginner's mistake. I was riding along the tongue of Harz and it took me 3 hours more than I initially planed. Riding through the night under the full moon was a wonderful experience. I saw glow worms. In the city park of Hameln I passed by a party of UK regiment who were meeting to bid farewell to their fellows. A foretaste of England. My Mercier bike had no problems at all. The front tire which is really old will be OK but the rear one is very soft and I am afraid I will have to deal with it sooner or later on my trip. I feel good, just a little sunburn.
The town of Bad Sulzuflen was famous for the gain of salt and later became a health resort. While a short break I breath deeply and the humid air feels good in my lungs."
We wish Arne a good journey and some tailwind for the next days! He is our hero and we envy him for doing this heroic ride on a 50 years old bicycle with more than a 12 kg heavy backpack. His next stop is going to be Nettetal where he will hopefully arrive later today. Stay tuned and please feel free to share and comment!