We Bears have to say that you humans do have a problem with the care of the planet! You are all totally dependent on electricity. If also like our BBF you are a Gadget geek, you are a hopeless case and will find it impossible to live CO2 neutral! In fact (Jamie speaking) I can remember that on our circumnavigation, power consumption and battery charging was one of Alan’s bug bears, if you excuse the pun!
After breakfast we set off and rode towards Belsen. We paused at the Stone outside the entrance to what was once known as Hohne Camp to take pictures. Alan was the Officer Commanding 8 Pioneer Labour Support Unit in the 80’s and Bergen’s second largest employer. In fact he was tasked with amalgamating 7 PLSU, which was based in VERDEN and was responsible for Fallingbostel, and 8 PLSU into one unit and as a consequence employed 4,500 civilians from the Harz Mountains to the Danish Border!
We rode on to the Belsen memorial where more photos were taken.
Our route also took past the Soviet POW cemetery so we had a stop there too!
A minimum of 19580 Soviet Prisoners are buried here in Hörsten. It is a quiet place and makes one reflect on man‘s inhumanity to man!
It was a lovely day to be out cycling. There was the scent of pine in the air and occasionally, as we were on a Road that circumnavigated the Live Firing Ranges the sound of heavy machine guns and the smell of cordite! Alan was in his element! He last was here in 1989 when the last Canadian Army Trophy Tank Gunnery Competition was held by HQ Northern Army Group, another unit he served in.
We passed the Fallingbostel Military Museum, which sadly was closed!
In Fallingbostel we sought out the Tourist Information Office which found US suitable accommodation for the night!
A relaxing isotonic drink was had and calls made to home.