Day 15: May 3rd, Děčín, Czech Republic to Helmsdorf, Germany
This was an important day. We were finally leaving the Elbe Cycle Route, and heading east on the D4 national cycle route (Mittellandroute), aiming for the Spree River cycle route which would take us to Berlin. I knew only the names of the first few towns we would encounter on the D4, nothing about the conditions.
We had the best weather we’d seen since Florida, and we had some Czech cash that was about to become nothing but extra weight to carry. Deb had fun trying to spend most of it at a grocery store in Děčín, but with what was left we enjoyed beer and chips at a place with an incredible view of the river.
In Birkwitz we changed direction. Unfortunately, leaving the riverside meant going into the hills. Hours of hills. We made it to Helmsdorf (not Helm’s Deep), and found a pension we’d seen online. It took us awhile to locate the owner, which got us worried as it was getting late and our rubbery legs were not taking us anywhere else. I was scouting a nice bit of grass to pitch our tent on when he finally noticed us. No Wi-Fi, but a big, comfortable room, a hot shower, and radiators for drying some sink-washed clothes.
Distance: 55 km