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Day 102

Posted by on July 17, 2019

Start:  Muhlhausen

Finish:  Worbis

Distance:  16

Total:  1541

Today was a straightforward 16 miles across more farmland. The weather was a little warmer than it has been for the last few days. Even though it stayed overcast, I was comfortable walking in a short sleeve shirt. 

The day got started with a very good breakfast at my hotel in Muhlhausen. I was out the door at 8:15 and walked for about two miles before I was out of town and in the countryside. I spent most of the day walking on what we would call a Farm-to-Market road at home. There was some car traffic but no trucks. They were over on the main highway. I had about a 1000’ climb early on. The hills here tend to be large, rolling hills so I might be climbing or descending a hill for a couple of miles, but the grade is not that steep.  

I noticed today these strange wood boxes on little skids along the side of the road. They’re about the size of a large dog house and have some type of granular coming out the bottom front. (See picture). I saw them every quarter mile or so all day. I hadn’t a clue what these things were for. When I got to my hotel, I showed the picture to the gentleman at the reception desk and he said the granular substance is gravel and is hand-spread by a work crew on the roads when they get icy.  A truck comes along and refills the box when it gets low on gravel. Makes sense. 

My hotel here in Worbis is on the edge of town so for dinner I had to walk a ways down the street to a steakhouse.  That’s the first real beef I’ve had in over a month. 

The weather is forecast to start warming up over the next few days, but not the heat wave Europe had a couple of weeks ago. I’m about 51 degrees north latitude here; about the same as Calgary, Alberta, so the normal high should be about 70F.  Being this far north also explains why it gets daylight here around 4:30 AM and doesn’t get dark until 10:00 PM. That will only get worse when I get to Sweden and Norway. 

That’s all I have to report today. Because my hotel is located just as I came into town, I didn’t see the bear sanctuary I mentioned yesterday.  Maybe I’ll see it tomorrow as I walk through and out of town. JB

The weird boxes I saw all along the roads today.

I can’t explain this arena that had a U.S. Flag flying at both ends.

My home for the night; the Zur Wipper in Worbis.

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