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Where’s Annie?

Do you want to wave at a bikerafter from a bridge? Paddle or swim along? Then it might be of use to know when we’ll be where….
Find out where you can find Annie when on the about the daily stages:

Let’s see where this leads…

DATES

16.07.2022

17.07.2022

18.07.2022

19.07.2022

20.07.2022

21.07.2022

22.07.2022

23.07.2022

24.07.2022

25.07.2022

26.07.2022

27.07.2022

28.07.2022

29.07.2022

30.07.2022

31.07.2022

01.08.2022

02.08.2022

03.08.2022

04.08.2022

05.08.2022

06.08.2022

07.08.2022

PLACES

Spindlermühle – Town: Vrchalbí BIKE

Hradec Králové, Kolin BIKE

Nymburk, Mêlnik, Štětí BIKE

Litoměřice (50K)

Děčín (50K)

BORDER: Schöna (11K), Heidenau (40K)

Dresden, Meißen (45K)

Mühlenberg, Prettin

Wittenberg (33K)

Dessau (35K)

Barby (41K)

Magdeburg (35K)

Rogätz (33K)

Tangermünde (40K)

Havelberg, Wittenberge (100K) BIKE

Schnackenburg (36K)

Dömitz (40K)

Hitzacker (23K), Neu-Darchau (17K)

Hohnstorf (36K)

Geesthacht, Winsen (32K)

Hamburg (36K), Stade (17K)

Wischhafen (16K)

Cuxhaven (66K)

You may be thinking: that’s a tight timetable. And it is. BUT – this is all an estimation. Especially the Czech section will depend heavily on river current and conditions, and my plan is to take my bike for most of it. Here’s why:

The first few KMs of the Elbe features first a tiny, un-raftable mountain stream, and then whitewater and lots and lots of dams. One whitewater section even features some Class III-IV rapids (called “Labská Soutěska”). Upon asking whether that would be dangerous for me to paddle as a novice packrafter, I was informed that, should I go for it, I “could choose how I die, but not whether I will.”

Fun.

So here’s the deal: Mango is coming along to save my butt.

1️⃣ To help me avoid sure “death by novice” on the dangerous river sections.

2️⃣ To be able to easily resupply in a continuously human-powered fashion when on land. The Elbe flows through some sparsely occupied lands (aka Sachsen, Sachsen Anhalt, Niedersachsen and Schleswig Holstein), and there’s nothing worse than looking at the map only to realize the closest source of food is a 25KM trek away, after you’ve already paddled all day.

3️⃣ To catch up on distances I’ve not reached by the end of a week.

My goal is to packraft ~30KM a day. Depending on wind and the river’s current, this will sometimes be more, sometimes less achievable. My plan is to check where I *should* be every few days, and then make up the missing KMs by cycling on Mango.

I will try to update this page as I make my way down the river. But as always, you want to know where I am IRL, it’s always best to check out the posts on: @thebotbeyondthebrainz!