Kellenhusen – Lübeck (65km)
18 riders. Average speed – 15 km. Time pedalling 5 hours
After a nice and relaxing stay in the holiday house, we were rested and ready for the next ride. The weather was actually quite good, which means it was only cold and it was raining. We left Kellenhusen at 9:15 and cycled on the dike next to the wild waves of the Baltic Sea. The wind on the dike was quite strong, but the view and the feeling of the sea made it worth the effort.
To the happiness of the trailer boys we had to leave the muddy dike path after 30 minutes and followed the road inland. The land became quite some bit more hilly here, but the wind decreased. After the relaxing stay yesterday, everybody felt energised and the ride was going easy. After incredibly quickly passing 30 km, did we already reach Scharbeutz, where a Youth Hostel kindly offered us a room and hot water for tea and where we could not resist the lure of the ice cream box despite the cold weather.
Passing Bad Schwartau, we arrived in Lübeck at 3 o’clock and were greeted once again warm heartedly by someone from Theo’s family, this time his aunt and uncle. The hitchhikers had prepared a great welcome salad, we could all wash our clothes and spend some very cosy time before leaving again at 5 pm to take part in a critical mass bike demonstration through Lübeck. We met right below the famous Holstentor and cycled right through the city with its beautiful hanseatic style houses and impressive churches, ringing our bells for biking and climate change.
About an hour later, we arrived at the Bollwerk, where we hosted our first event today. We screened This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein in front of a small audience and subsequently discussed the problem of climate change, individual contributions and possibilities to change something. It was a nice evening and hopefully we managed to inspire some more people with some new ideas.
On a last note, it was the first time that a rider left us. Christian from Austria left after the Critical Mass to start his PhD in Lüneburg. It was great to have him and his great humour us! See you soon, Chrisitian!
All in all, today really was a day of “first’s”: the first day no punctures, (which made our techy team very happy), the first day that we had a change in the hitchhiking team; we joined a critical mass demonstration for the first time (a couple more will come throughout the journey), right after that we when straight to our first screening of This Changes Everything, and also we had our first departure ritual, waving goodbye to Christian.