Thursday, April 15th, 2010
I'm on the road after a big breakfast. They eat a ton of pork in Germany, it's a bit much at breakfast if you're not used to it, but I scarf it all down knowing I'm going to need every calorie I can get. Today's ride is almost exclusively on a bike path that follows the Neisse, the river that serves as the border between Germany and Poland in the north. I take a break for lunch in Görlitz which is a very pretty city with a well-maintained (or restored) historical center. An interesting and unexpected thing about East Germany is that the infrastructure is impeccable: new sidewalks, freshly paved roads, shining villages; the general state of things looks way better than it does in West Germany. It must be the result of all the money that West Germany has poured into the east after reunification.
I find an unremarkable little hotel in Großschönau, have an unremarkable meal, and retire early for a good night's sleep.