The first Kaunas impressions I collect from the bus window. The driver in Marijampole didn’t want to believe me that I had covered the very largest part of my route with the fully packed bicycle. But we were both allowed to get into the bus anyway.
Actually, I would have liked to stop in Vilnius, but it is not on the direct route to Tallinn. The Covid situation has meanwhile become so tense again that everyone assumes that the Baltic states will stick together and not close the borders among neighbours. But you can never be sure in this summer of 2020.
When I leave Bratislava, it is quite hot. I decide against a short detour at the castle in Devin and drive directly along the Danube towards Budapest. The cycle track is well developed and serves many city dwellers as a local recreation area. I meet many other cyclists and inline skaters. In the floodplain landscape around the big river, there are numerous resting places and even a bathing lake.
After the day of the Cargo Ride, I left Vienna to spend the sunny weekend in nature. My destination was Klosterneuburg, a small town with a beautiful old monastery, which is also Austria’s oldest winery. The local campsite is situated between the city and the danube floodplains, so I had a good location and also from the tent the perfect view into the green.
After my sightseeing tour in Dresden, I was about to jump into the next big European city: Prague. Originally, I wanted to cross the German-Czech border by bike. But I didn’t know if this would be possible in Corona times. Therefore, I decided to take the train. Loading the bike with luggage was unfortunately not as easy as before in the regional trains. But on the trip, I was compensated with well functioning free Wi-Fi and a breathtaking view.
Besides the big story of the #MahinaJourney, there are many small stories along the way. For example, my growing collection of photos of different European cycle paths. If you look at these pictures, it becomes clear that mobility has so far only been meant for cars.
Could there be a better starting point for #MahinaJourney than the Eastside Gallery in Berlin? The fall and demolition of the Berlin Wall might be the most important action of re-unification and freedom in our lifetime.