August 5 – Geithain to Campingplatz Gunzenberg (85 km, 53 miles)

August 5 Route Map

Today was all about ups and downs – up one hill and down another, over and over and over for 85 kilometers to a campground at a lake named Talsperre Pohl. The weather was perfect for biking today – partly sunny and not too hot, with a bit of a breeze to help keep cool. The countryside is still mostly farmland (wheat and corn) with the occasional patches of shady forest.

My Black Diamond Megamid tent is perfect for cycling. It’s big enough to put my bike inside it, and since it doesn’t have a floor I don’t have to worry about getting it all dirty. The campgrounds have well manicured grass lawns, so it’s actually quite nice inside. And unlike Alaska, there are virtually no mosquitoes to worry about. Combine that with the showers, restrooms, and restaurants at the campgrounds here, and camping is quite a nice experience.

Not much else to report for today. I still have about four more days of riding until I get to Munich. Tomorrow’s destination is Monte Kaolino, a sort-of-resort built around a 150 meter tall manmade sand dune.

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