Long-distance exploratory gravel tour, on-bike snapshots and photographs made with the Ricoh GR.
On a whim, I decided to visit a departing friend in his home town of Einbeck in Niedersachsen, about 50km west of the Harz mountain range. The plan was to ride the first day to Einbeck and then return to Berlin the day after. With my accommodations secured, the only thing left to do was load up on food for two long days and jump on a train to Magdeburg. I allowed myself this luxury to accelerate the progress a bit, giving my legs some extra rest from the previous race day. I rode from Magdeburg via Bad Harzburg and then Clausthal, for 180km on day one.
Day two involved summiting the Brocken at 1142m above sea-level and then turning north-east for Berlin. The lead-up to the Harz from Northeim to Osterode was a perfect 25km on smooth gravel. Once in the mountains again, the drizzle turned into full-blown rain and I was drenched. Luckily temperatures didn't drop too much or I might have been in trouble. Still, I didn't linger too long once on the Brocken since the winds at the top were piercing through my wet cycling kit. Besides, the view was limited by the dense fog anyway. What followed was an epic gravel descent to Wernigerode and, as a compensation for the previous day, I enjoyed a legendary tailwind for the remainder of the day. By the time I reached my mental control point in Magdeburg it was past sunset. I completed the remaining 165km home in the dark. No photos of that, it was quite uneventful. I clocked a total of 351km on that day, with over 15 hours of moving time and 2200m of climbing.