Buchberg to Schlosshof Friedingen
Landscape wise, today could not have been more different than yesterday.
Open terrain is offering great views throughout the day. Walking never gets boring.
My highlight probably the Hohenhewen Hill with a spectacular 360 degree view from the observation tower.
Once I can spot Lake Constance in the far distance, my motivation skyrockets. Home is really getting close now.
All the views come at a price: the trail is meandering through the landscape, leading me over basically every hill and past every ruin in the region, probably adding 15 kilometers to the most direct routing. While it surely adds to the attractiveness of today's hike, I consider all the detours a bit too much. For a hike across Europe I'd expect a slightly more direct route. Yet, I feel good, all the up and down don't trouble me too much today. My legs are working like a charm.
It's already 19:00 when I pass through Singen. A city without an old town, without charm. Not a city I will remember.
From there it's only 5 kilometers to my 1nitetent host on the Schlosshof Friedingen. My host Matthias, in his mid-twenties, is leasing the farm on a 70 year contract, doing social agriculture. I am quite impressed by his engagement and vision. I'm sure his farm will become a success story.
We keep talking for quite a while until I excuse myself. I retreat into a staff chamber, which Matthias kiny offered me to sleep in. My last night in Germany. I'll sleep like a king tonight.
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George Mills (Saturday, 09 July 2022 04:10)
Another lovely set of photos. You won't find ruins in Aotearoa but with the volcanoes you could be here. Hope they dont erupt tonight. That would spoil your sleep. All the best for your last day in Germany. Tomorrow home. Onwards and upwards.
Rob (Saturday, 09 July 2022 06:19)
In closing this chapter of you walk of Germany, it is timely to say "thank you" for the opportunity to have followed you, and in a small way, to have been part of your hikoi.
Our times in reverse, in some ways is not dissimilar at all. Despite our daylight hours being different, or weather has not really been that contacting, and nevermore than these recent weeks. All the best beyond this time ending. Will continue to stay in touch. Cheers and take care. �
Rob (Saturday, 09 July 2022 13:26)
Last message before getting shut eye. WELCOME HOME. Well done, you have "knocked the bastard off" again! You know these very famous words (to a kiwi they are - and we know to you they are too). �