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Nordkapp – Hard day to Bremen…

Spinning past the Rathaus, got to love how German town halls, the place you stick the politicians is called a Rat House. But do some good looking rat houses.

I started off going along the Elba for the first 12km, catching the ferry over the river to then continue to follow the Elba and then around the Airbus facility. Lots of new planes, with the bike path circling the A320 yard. They even have viewing platforms for plane spotters of which there were a few up on it.

Turning west I went right into a headwind which will be with me for the rest of the day. By 0730 I was already skirting my first hypo of the day, which was going to be quite a pattern. By lunchtime, any insulin in my system surely would of been gone now but I had downed over 190g and was in the 2’s. Lack of fuel, lack of power, lack of motivation probably caused in part to the hypos doing a number on my head, the headwind and the bike paths being rattly as hell. Oh and I managed to break my mudguard, that’s both now, front and rear so guess that makes replacement easier now. Like come off it, this was a 130km day, I’ve done over 330km a day before! To find going this difficult wasn’t doing my head any good.

By about 4pm things started to pick up. The rattly cycle paths of little repair were becoming much better maintained and smoother, and with it my speed, progress and general mood improved…BG’s also stabilized in the 6-8 range so that probably helped immensely also.

Throughout the day, actually the last few in Germany everywhere has been huge fields of apples, pears, strawberries and asparagus. Every village and town has people selling them fresh. Now that I’ve finally got some cash and not a card I bet I went find another so I can sample the local produce, fingers crossed in will though.

Nearing Bremen I went down some gravel roads which where a fantastic change from everything else and this lead to some fantastic canal paths. As I neared the city the cycling infastructure became incredible, well designed, well maintained, utterly brilliant. Right through to the city centre with no issues, Hamburg could learn a lot from Bremen! Back streets turned entirely to bike path with car access limited only to parking and deliveries. The only iffy but is the trams, and thier tracks which all is cyclists know can be a death trap if you aren’t careful.

So, day in numbers. 380g total on 13.8u of insulin total… That’s including the evening meal I’ve just had, and again BG was at 2.4, it’s now edging up to 4.5, but I have a chocolate muffin in reserve just in case!Spinning past the Rathaus, got to love how German town halls, the place you stick the politicians is called a Rat House. But do some good looking rat houses.

I started off going along the Elba for the first 12km, catching the ferry over the river to then continue to follow the Elba and then around the Airbus facility. Lots of new planes, with the bike path circling the A320 yard. They even have viewing platforms for plane spotters of which there were a few up on it.

Turning west I went right into a headwind which will be with me for the rest of the day. By 0730 I was already skirting my first hypo of the day, which was going to be quite a pattern. By lunchtime, any insulin in my system surely would of been gone now but I had downed over 190g and was in the 2’s. Lack of fuel, lack of power, lack of motivation probably caused in part to the hypos doing a number on my head, the headwind and the bike paths being rattly as hell. Oh and I managed to break my mudguard, that’s both now, front and rear so guess that makes replacement easier now. Like come off it, this was a 130km day, I’ve done over 330km a day before! To find going this difficult wasn’t doing my head any good.

By about 4pm things started to pick up. The rattly cycle paths of little repair were becoming much better maintained and smoother, and with it my speed, progress and general mood improved…BG’s also stabilized in the 6-8 range so that probably helped immensely also.

Throughout the day, actually the last few in Germany everywhere has been huge fields of apples, pears, strawberries and asparagus. Every village and town has people selling them fresh. Now that I’ve finally got some cash and not a card I bet I went find another so I can sample the local produce, fingers crossed in will though.

Nearing Bremen I went down some gravel roads which where a fantastic change from everything else and this lead to some fantastic canal paths. As I neared the city the cycling infastructure became incredible, well designed, well maintained, utterly brilliant. Right through to the city centre with no issues, Hamburg could learn a lot from Bremen! Back streets turned entirely to bike path with car access limited only to parking and deliveries. The only iffy but is the trams, and thier tracks which all is cyclists know can be a death trap if you aren’t careful.

So, day in numbers. 380g (of carbohydrates) total on 13.8 units of insulin total… That’s including the evening meal I’ve just had, and again BG was at 2.4 (it’s meant to be 6 ish), it’s now edging up to 4.5, but I have a chocolate muffin in reserve just in case!

Written on May 24th, 2019 by Allan