Today: 27km | Total: 281km
Short and slow day today. I had a little sleep-in this morning after last night’s wine fest in Wittenberg and only hit the river well after 10am. At the boathouse I met a couple from West Germany who started in Dresden and also paddle to the Elbe estuary. They seemed a bit uptight to me, but were helpful. Sorry i drank one of your sprites 😔.
It was boiling hot all day with 33 degrees (in the shade). So i had an extended lunch stop after the first 15km. Food, sunbathing, swimming… No rush today after a long week paddling. Better than ending up with a sunstroke anyway.
Mid afternoon i reached Coswig (how funny that there are two Coswig’s on the river) and stopped at the Schwarzer Bär beer garden. I was the only guest. The beer was warm, but the Schnitzel not too shabby. The sun was still boiling everything it touched.
After a brief shopping stop i paddled on only to hit strong headwinds and upcoming rain more or less as soon as i got into the canoe. Abort. I put up my tent just after Coswig and called it a day.
There are now some 490km left of the c775km from Usti to Cuxhaven or 41km average per day. On 6km/h that is 7h of paddling per day. I hope the rain will speed up the current a bit. But all very doabl
There are now 490km left of the c775km from Usti to Cuxhaven or 41km average per day (current average is 43km taking day 1 as half). On 6km/h that is a little less than 7h of paddling per day. I hope the rain will speed up the current a bit and soon there will be a second paddle as well. All very doable.