Brend to Rufenholzhütte
A very talkative photographer kept me busy until late. I fact it was past 23:00 when he finally packed and left. I wasn't really up forstar conversation. The day has been a hard one and all I wanted was enjoying the spectacular view.
Comparably late I start into my hiking day, walking past the shelter 200 meters intoy hike... It doesn't look inviting so I'm happy I decided on camping on the bench.
To my surprise my body was able to recover well. Only in the climbs I feel that my muscles still lacking of energy. Luckily, steep climbs are far and few in between. Mostly, the terrain is gentle as I am still following the high plateau. Only as I get close to Titisee, the trail starts to descend a bit steeper. Cumulus clouds are towering close to the lake, making me push as I am worried about a thunderstorm which would prevent me from going for a badly needed swim.
The clouds disappear as quickly as they have appeared once I arrive at the lake. Being a tourist town, the lake is crowed. Mostly only walking along the promenade. I jump in almost immediately. As anticipated, it feel great. I have lunch and jump right into the lake again, before I continue. My shorts still wet. They keep my cool for a couple of minutes on my way towards Feldberg, with nearly 1500 meters the highest hill in the Black Forest and as far as I remember also the highest point of E1 so far. But I won't head up there today. My goal for tonight a shelter 6 kilometers away. It's a lovely shelter entirely made of massive wood, the wooden smell of it is a pleasure for my nose.
The plan: getting up early tomorrow morning to be there for sunrise.
Funnily, I am not the only one with this plan. A photographer and trust member of the North-South Trail (Germany's national trail) staying in the shelter as well has the same idea. We agree on getting up at 02:00 and hit the trail by 02:30.