After the kindness of Wolfgang and Silke I awoke this morning in a nice bed to the sound of a thunderstorm outside, apperently it has been really bad back in the North of England and it was here at 7am. Ive made a video of the storm and will upload when free wifi is available. It was torrential rain for an hour solid, along with lots of lightening.
At 8 am i went down stairs to see the breakfast table set and Silke although she had just worked a nightshift had called at the bakery for fresh buns and chocolate croissants .
She even made me two buns with ham and cheese for a packed lunch along with the remaining croissants.
grandma lives with them and she was very wary of an strange English man in their home , but was kind enough to have her photo taken.
I had to take another photo of Wolfgang and Silke as they have been the perfect host and Silke has learned me my new Favourite word… “Dingalish”
Danke Wolgang and Silke . Es var schon dich kennen zu lernen 🙂
Wolfgang rode with me till we arrived at Schellsitz and we stopped for a beer at 11am !. Wolgang knew the man who owns the very nice hotel/ pension house and he asked for some mushrooms for us. but these are not your run of the mill mushroooms oh no he growns them himself in a cave which runs behind the hotel for about 50 metres with a network of tunnels.
rows upon rows of these fantastic tasting mushrooms. When we had finished he showed us the tunnels and there was a skeleton in a dark corner>; The owner said ” Thats the last guy who ate my mushrooms ” , I laughed my head off to the sound of it echoing around the tunnels . Another total surprise, and im very quickly learning that this trip surprises me every day in some strange way or other!
At Naumberg Wolgang left me , I thanked him again for his wonderful kindness, and on I rode.
At Tultewitz i decided to take the official detour route, very quickly thinking this is a maistake, as it was a near vertical climb up some shocking paths and certianly not suitable for a fully loaded touring bike with 30 kg of gear.
At the town of Dornberg I saw what i thought was a wedding , and asked if i could take a photo , the girl in the white dress spoke fantastic english and explained to me that she was the person chosen to represent her village for the year and today was the festival of the roses and the celebration of the bridge which was 120 years old! ( I hope I”ve remembered that correct!) . All of her family were in traditional dress and looked fantastic. I was very gratful they allowed me to take pictures . They asked where i was from and I explained my trip and they will be looking on the blog tomorrow so thank you kind people, and thanks for the photo of Lisa ! in her tradditional dress.
At the far side of the bridge was a party to celebrate the day , and I left them to enjoy it as it looked like the whole town had turned out to celebrate . It is such a nice thing to see, and yet again another great surprise.
The weather today has gone form thunderstorms to very hot 30′ sunshine and I’ve decided to camp at the fantastic site at Postendorf which is only €8 all in.
Tent is up, they have a private lake for swimming and all the facilities you need. A very good site.
My only concern is the last 3 days Ive had a pain which has been progressively getting worse in my left shin bone . and now I am struggling to walk on it without limping and pain.! I don’t know why , maybe stress of all the climbs or just old age catching up!
It does not bother me when I am cycling so I guess the answer is more cycling less walking.!!