Eutin to Riesebusch (Bad Schwartau)
I had the campspot mostly to myself. Only a girl passed through later in the evening, not caring at all. It was a dry night. In fact that my tent, still wet from the previous night, managed to dry completely. Despite the wet soil and the lake right beside. Good for me, a few grams less to carry.
A lovely morning mood is awaiting me when I open my tent. Seems like it's going to be a fabulous day weather wise. With the mosquitoes not yet operating (all they do is chilling on my rain fly), packing is not stressful.
By 04:30, I am on my way. As the first couple of kilometers are through forest, I can't really make use of the morning sun.
There's the option to follow a side track north and up to Bungsberg, the highest point in Schleswig Holstein.
During the last few days the trail has been meandering north and east (and not south, where I'm supposed to go).
Therefore, even though the views might be interesting, I don't feel like another detour to the north and thus give Bungsberg a pass and turn south. Finally. Mentally, it makes finding the motivation so much easier, when I'm headed for the right direction.
And that additional motivation I can use instantly. While being in the forest and without me noticing, dark clouds rolled in and a stiff breeze was starting to blow. With my rain/wind jacket on, I continue to Neustadt for a resupply. Second resupply in Germany. As always when in a new country, I have to figure out, which supermarket suits my needs the best. After trying Aldi and Lidl with a rather disappointing selection, today's Rewe actually sports quite a good choice and I'll probably stick to this chain from now on.
After shopping, I'm continuing south through a rather dull landscape, trying to keep my arms warm in the wind. Once again, the weather improves quickly and so does my mood.
I'm writing these lines from the observation tower of Pariner Berg. A lovely place with a good view of the flat landscape.
Since my legs are tired and my feet hurt after plenty of road bashing, I won't go too far anymore. There should be a shelter 2 kilometers down the road. It seems to be in the forest and as I have to wait for darkness anyway to prepare my camp, I rather spend some more time up here, soaking up some well needed sun.