Tanja and I said our good byes and while she was going home on the train, for me it was the long road ahead to Copenhagen. First stop was the beautiful city of Oldenburg in Germany and by noon I crossed over the border past Oude Pekela. For the occasion I had changed into my T-Mobile jersey, a gift from the cell phone giant.
To stay on course I use a Garmin eTrex. It navigates me and keeps me on course. At times I ignore the suggested route as it is programmed to take the bypasses, avoiding busy traffic through the towns. The Garmin is set for bike traveling so it circumnavigate around freeways and main highways and instead takes country roads and off-the-map routes, often adding an additional twenty miles a day. Today was my longest distance so far and the cyclometer retired at 102 miles.
At exactly 6:00 o'clock in the evening I arrived at my warmshowers host Dietmar, who treated me to a healthy fruit and vegetable salad followed by dinner. After sharing in the duty of doing the dishes there was still enough daylight to go for a guided tour through the Old town of Oldenburg, rich with history and beautiful architecture. My well informed friend and guide showed me the sights and explained the history in amazing detail. We walked around town to a small Jewish Temple standing near a memorial site commemorating a synagogue that was destroyed in 1933 during Kristal Nacht. A sobering moment. At the end of the walk we sat down at a restaurant for a glass of German wine and caught a glimpse of a world soccer cup game in progress.