Berlin to Copenhagen – Stage 07 – Bützow to Rostock 44 Km (Sat 17-Jun-17)
Weather: 13⁰C min – 19⁰C max, partly sunny, fine
Although the route from Bützow to Rostock was only 44 Km it seemed much further because of the strong northerly head wind most of the way. Grey skies when I set off this morning gave way to blue sky as the day progressed, but the icy wind from the north did not abate so it felt a lot colder than the predicted maximum of 19 degrees. Thankfully I was wearing gloves, as well as a long-sleeve thermal vest under my riding jacket.
Wind turbines dominated the skyline for most of the journey. Whichever direction I looked the enormous propellers were spinning, enjoying the strong wind more than me and rotating a lot faster than my pedals. I was amazed at how many wind farms there were, so I checked on Google and found that last year in Germany 28,217 wind turbines generated 12.3% of the electricity in the country (see Germany: WindPower Fact Sheet 2016).
My last day of riding in Germany featured rich farmland and endless fields of wheat. What I have noticed in Germany is that there are no fences, the crops being planted right to the edge of the roads and paths. I wondered whether this might lead to neighbourly disputes, because there does not seem to be any way of telling where one farm finishes and another starts.
As I neared Rostock the architecture of the houses in the little villages changed, the traditional German style houses giving way to brightly coloured houses with steeply-pitched, shiny-tiled, roofs. I presume this is the Danish influence, a style I expect to see much more of after I cross the sea to Denmark tomorrow.
Reaching the port town of Rostock, I have now finished the German stages of my tour (Brandenburg Stage (151 Km) and Mecklenburg Stage (255 Km)), so I now only have the Denmark Stage (302 Km) to go until I finish what so far has been a fabulous tour.
Germany is done and dusted, Denmark here I come!