Soltau to Schwarmstedt

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The Alte Leine

A much pleasanter day’s ride, even if it was one I’d done before (albeit in the opposite direction). There’s something about a river – even a small one like the Leine – that holds a ride together nicely.

It was mildly interesting to note what I remembered of the previous ride. Not a lot, basically; much of it was generic German cycle-touring and could have been anywhere. I recalled Bad Fallingbostel but misremembered the café; the Schloss at Ahlden rang loud bells, but it hadn’t registered before that this is where Sophia Dorothea of Celle – George II’s mother – was imprisoned for 30 years by her ex-husband. A beautiful spot on a sunny day, but the thought still cast a slight chill.

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