Day 1 and 2 - Need sleep!
Trip Start Jul 13, 2012
35Trip End Aug 16, 2012
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So The day before, and the day of, my flight I was frantically getting things done to put the final paperwork in order to purchase our first house, plus I had to work. Damn you job that pays my bills and allows me to afford to do stupid things like bike across Eastern Europe! That being said I had neglected to do some of the final small things for the trip, like program my GPS so I know where to freakin' go. The only time I had was overnight so I never went to bed on Thursday night. The fun part comes when I have a multiple day journey to get to the start. All in all I managed to pass out on train for an hour and also for an hour in Frankfurt airport. In total I had 2 hours sleep in a 51 hour span. I was ready to sleep when I got to my first hotel in Herzberg (about 30 min outside of Berlin limits)
Originally I was to land in Schoenfeld Airport but it isn't built yet so I landed at Tegel - 32 km in the opposite direction of my planned starting point. Originally I was going to put my bike together at airport and bike away and then sleep in woods whenever it became dark. In retrospect I am happy as pig in mud that I took a train outside of Berlin and stayed in a hotel and left the fallowing morning. Fate smacked up the side of the face and forced me to do something reasonable and not my usual stupid idea.
I am not sure what the hell they were doing at Frankfurt airport but going on the domestic flight to Berlin they made us go through the security check and scanners. It was complete chaos as many of us were in one of the 5 lines and after 10 minutes they closed the one I was in and we just tried going into other lines. My second line closed after another 10 minutes. Then the third line closed after 15 minutes. I started to get mad but what's the use as I had another 5 1/2 hours until my flight. But I am starting to reconsider my previously held stereotype that Germans are efficient and on time! Scheiße!!!
On to my actual travels (I know you are saying about F'ing time)
After checking in I showered, then briefly walked around the neighbourhood (a town of about 100 inhabitants), watched some "Bones" dubbed in German and then went to sleep as it was 10:30pm. The end of day of my journey and despite some mild hallucinations from lack of sleep I was feeling pretty good.