Hühnerbüschle to Pforzheim
I did not have to use the emergency slide. Lucky me. It sure looked damn steep...
I'm taking the easy way down via the stairs as I set off after a somewhat restless night without proper sleep. Being just past 05:00, it's still fairly dark. The days are getting noticeably shorter as I'm heading south and away from mid-summer .
Yet, it's quite busy already when I am walking through some I industrial area. 06:00 - the night shifters leave, the early shifters arrive. The night shifters are hurrying to their cars, getting in and accelerating quickly, most probably heading home. It is something I like about E1. The trail gives you a good realistic, faithful insight to the country.
Other than that, it's a similar day to yesterday. A mix of forest, towns and open farmland. Plenty of wild berries to pick along the way. Highlight once more the mirabelles.
Progress is good, mainly thanks to the fairly gentle climbs with less vertical meters overall than during the previous days. Having felt sleepy throughout the morning, I decide on trying to do a quick after lunch siesta. With little success.
I keep on going. As I get closer to Pforzheim, the views get less attractive with deserted looking villages. Most of the shops are for sale. Yet another unfiltered look into Germany. Pforzheim is not much better. Seems like after it got destroyed in the second world war, priority was to rebuild it quickly. And not the looks or design of the city. Maybe I missed it (which might very well the case) but I can't find it's city center, it's identity.
My couchsurfing hosts are living a bit away and above Pforzheim. Being the last climb of the day, I mobilize my last energy reserves. Once on top I do my resupply and write this blog, using the time wisely until it's 18:00, the time I promised I'd be there. Because out of experience I'm pretty certain that once I am at my hosts place, I got other better things to do than resupplying and writing this blog.
Martin and Silvia gave me a wonderful warm welcome, made me feel at home instantly. I took a shower, got my laundry done by Silvia and had a great meal. Plenty of food and nice talks, mainly about traveling.
Martin offered me the possibility of a zero day. I ponderd over it for a couple of minutes then decide it would actually be a good idea before heading into the black forest. Catching up on sleep and staying out of the heat.
So that's what I will do tomorrow. Sleeping in, taking it easy, recovering from the long days that I have recently done.
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George Mills (Wednesday, 29 June 2022 23:01)
More food. Berries and German specials. Had to laugh at you mentioning the NOBO staying at hotels as we are following a couple walking from Netherlands to Switzerland who seem to be doing that and post shots of their meals all the time.. Enjoy your zero day and hope Pforzheim proves to be more exciting than your first impression.
George Mills (Thursday, 30 June 2022 10:55)
Hope your zero day is going well. Good to have a lie in. Our TA friends are now in Titisee. They are walking the GR5 and have come from Netherlands and are heading for Zurich where they are to get married at a Scout base somewhere in that vicinity. They look to be ahead of you and your paths won't cross. Interesting to be follow two (3 individuals actually) ex TAs walking across Europe znd actually not that far from each other at the moment. Face the Black Forest refreshed. Keep on tracking.
Gabi Bottenberg (Thursday, 30 June 2022 16:46)
Wir wünschen dir eine gute Reise. Du bist ja schon sehr weit gekommen. Es war sehr schön das du bei uns warst. Liebe Grüße aus Siegen