Day 0: From Mönchzell to Travemünde

Today was quite an early start. After a quick breakfast and some final double- and tripple-checks, it was finally time to say “good bye” to my wife Carolin. I felt sad and a bit tense when I got into the car and started driving North.

Around 06:30 CET I had my PCR-Test at Frankfurt Airport. In order to get into Sweden, such a test no older than 48 hours is required. I was the only “patient” and was confronted with around 20 helpers. A bit over staffed I thought. The test itself was not a very pleasant experience. The results were due within 6 hours.

Then I continued driving North. After some hours driving and a quick nap I received the test results: “inconclusive”. Shit – what now? Without PCR, no ferry, no Sweden. I would lose at least a day and would need another ferry ticket. So, I found another “test center” (actually, a small container on an abandoned tennis court at the “Herrenhäuser Gärten“ outside of Hannover) where I took another test. This time it wasn’t quite so bad. While waiting for the printed results in English, also the corrected results from my first test came in. So, now I am double negative. What else can you wish for?

Arrived in Travemünde with enough time for dinner and a bit of wandering around. The only shop which is open is selling booze – a sign? Reminds me of the horrendous prices in Scandinavia.

After some more waiting, I finally put my bike together and headed off towards the ferry.

Being the only bike, I was escorted aboard by a safety car passing by all the cars which were waiting. When I was unloading my gear, a huge truck was backing up almost shredding my bike into pieces. Only by coincidence I was there just then to pull it away. Otherwise it would have been a very short trip.

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