Elbe paddle (day 4): Coswig to Riesa / Strehla

Today: 42km Total: 151km

The few beers last night left some marks by way of a small hangover. I guess rehydrating with beer just doesn’t cut the mustard. A decent breakfast and morning bath in the river, however, helped to revive my spirits.

I got by 9am with target Strehla, some 40km down the Elbe. First highlight was the scenic city of Meissen. Really enjoyed paddling through with great views of the castle.

Just after I bumped into another paddler from the Ruhr area in west germany. We spent almost two hours drifting in slo-mo and talking about paddling and the world. Rather enjoyable. He had started in Bad Schandau and Riesa was his final stop given his 6km/h average was well below the 8-10km he had expected (slow current).

We said good-bye in the village of Diesbar-Seuslitz where i had a lunch break and he went on to Riesa. The lunch was nice, but basic in form of a Würzfleisch and some local wine. After this village the wine region of Saxony ends and the countryside turns completely flat.

The last bigger settlement on today’s journey was Riesa. I have a few good friends that were born here and/or went to school. Also remember the day of the saxons here with Toralf… Well, a clouded memory 🙃.

Weather wise no change. Hot, hot, hot. I musy have applied sun lotion 10 times over the day. Hope it helps!

Good night from Strehla.

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Elbe paddle (day 3): Stadt Wehlen to Coswig

Today: 47km Total: 109km

Great day today. It was flaming hot, but no bad winds. I also reconfigured weight balance of the canoe and managed some 5.8km/h on average. Not bad, but still almost 700km left to Cuxhafen. The scenery was brilliant all the way and i also squeezed in a swim and my russian class (on skype, just to avoid confusion).

 

 

Memory lane continued with Stadt Wehlen (x-mas meet up with fellow a-level students), Pirna (where we did a levels, Dresden (where i studied, partied and more) and Radebeul (well, they been making good wine for a long time). Lunch I took in Pillnitz next the castle and opposite the last Elbe island and an afternoon beer and shopping (steaks!) in ‘Das Dampfschiff’ in Radebeul – a glass of local white included and some good chat with a local angler.

 

Highlight for me though were the great people in the beer garden on the other side of the river to my camping spot at Skopi’s Elbgarten. Great conversations amongst Saxons. Love it. Do visit!

 

Second highlight was the UK visa approval for my better half Laura. Happy! Soon i wont need to paddle alone anymore and won’t have to hike across scotland alone. I hope she will like it. Well, i know she will. Great girl.

 

Time to sleep. Nite, nite.