2009-07-20 52 13
On the border of Lake Seddin.
We had a few plans during the weekend. Lyx had envisioned to get there in the morning, or camp overnight. Eventually it turned out, that she wouldn't have time to join the expedition (meh). In the evening, Phoenix suggested to go by bike, and we eventually agreed on a regional train that would bring us to Erkner. From whence we would do a nice bike trip.
We met at the Berlin main station at ten past six. We were a bit worried about the traffic situation, as the city currently suffers from an unscheduled (read "overdue but not taken care of") maintenance of most S-Bahn (the uberground metro) wagons. The company tries to compensate this by running more regional trains on the lines where this kind of train also operates. However, that also led them to forbid bicycles on these additional trains. Would they take us on one of the regular, scheduled regional trains at least?
Turns out we were lucky. But only because enough people squeezed out of the train to let us two bicyclist get in. We had a bit of a bad conscience for taking up so much room, but only for just as long as we realized that the people on the folding seeds in the bicycle compartment did not even bother to stand up to let a few more people in, or to let a bicycle lean to the inclided sidewalls where it takes up the least room. We are a friendly bunch around here. :P
The train emptied considerably at the last larger stations in town, and we reached Erkner with only about 20 minutes of delay. relet, who had hand-drawn the map led the way, now being able to identify the features without looking at it. We took the scenic route along some of the small channels, and across a footbridge you can only see on the Openstreetmap (yay OSM!). After passing the posh quarters at the outskirts of Erkner, we soon reached the forest and natural reserve that would accompany us for the rest of the trip. There was a moment of confusion which of the forest tracks to take, and we decided for the one man wide trail along the lakeside.
It was a bit laborious to follow the rooty trail by bike, especially with Phoenix' semi-flat tire, but we managed and probably had a few more scenic views than in the thick of the forest. Some parts of the lakeside vegetation were fenced and protected, and we hoped that this would not be the case further on where the hash lay. We would be right.
The part of the forest with the hash was a so-called reference forest, meaning it would be left unmaintained. Probably to show how much better an unmaintained wood looks against these other clean and orderly German forests around here.
The hash itself lay in a large bay, where a few boats had anchored. On one of them, someone played an accordion, and we apparently chased a few people who had swam over to the shore from another of the boats. Satellite survey says that the hash lay a few meters in the water. However, we had a few difficulties to get the GPS to give us regular updates. Thus, while we had packed swimming trunks and sailing shoes to wade in the water if necessary, we eventually were happy to haggle the GPS down from showing us 75m to the south of our position, to a decent 10m from the hash point. Not knowing whether to wade to the left or to the right, we decided that it would just be good enough to stay on that last bit of dry land for today.
We returned by continuing on the lakeside trail, and passed the ferry terminal servicing the peninsula from the other side, and a few camping colonies of season campers. We reached the 10pm train back into town.