The day was spent repairing the side windows and replacing the missing glass front windscreen with a plexiglass. Hopefully it won't rain or I'll end up scratching it a lot using the wiper.
Patched up cracks in the body with red duct-tape, and visited my favorite cycle shop in Oldenburg (Die Speiche) to have the complete external transmission replaced- new front crank, new 8-speed cassette in the rear, and a new chain. With this 'upgrade' I hope to get a bit higher speeds to make up for lost time.
And now I am off to bed so that I can get up early and take off around 4-5 AM. I need to make a 3-day trip in 2-days now! :(