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Day 111

Posted by on July 26, 2019

Start:  Hodenhagen 

Finish:  Soltau

Distance:  21

Total:  1680

I had a productive 21 mile walk through mostly farmland today. The cooling trend has begun and there was a nice breeze. 

I got started at 7:40 today, which was a little earlier than usual because of the longer distance to walk.  My first four miles were on a very quiet, one lane country road. I could hear the autobahn in the distance and eventually crossed over it on an overpass. Eventually the back road merged with a busier highway upon which I walked in the ditch for a couple of miles. 

By 11:00 I’d reached the halfway point of today’s route and wandered into a grocery store to check out the lunch options. There was a bakery/pastry shop in the entry way of the store so I had a sandwich for lunch. 

After lunch, the last 10 miles of my day were along a footpath beside a busy two-lane highway.  I gave my hotel a call about 1:00 to make sure there would be someone there when I arrived at about 2:45. Unfortunately, I was told there wouldn’t be anyone at the hotel until 3:00. So when I was within about a half-mile of my destination, I stopped in another bakery and spent the fifteen minutes I needed to wait by having a snack. 

Tonight’s hotel is a guest house and restaurant. The nice lady who runs the establishment agreed to do a load of laundry for me so I skated out of that chore for the day. I plan to patronize her restaurant in a little while to thank her for doing my dirty work. 

Tomorrow it’s another 19 miles north through more farmland. I’m beginning to see the harvesting of all this wheat they have here. The corn is not ready to be picked yet but the wheat harvest is in full swing. 

Thanks for following along. JB. 

Cows are not dumb; laying in the cool dirt, under the shade, on a hot day.

Bailed wheat straw in the middle of a wind mill farm.

Tonight’s lodging; the Hotel & Restaurant Zum Postillion in Soltau.

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Very much enjoying the agricultural scenes you are discovering on your journey. Gig’em.