Start: Bad Staffelstein
Another beautiful day in central Germany. Last night’s rest was good, breakfast was good, the weather today was just perfect, and I only had to walk 13 miles so overall, it was a mighty fine day.
After a short walk to get out of the small town of Bad Staffelstein this morning, I turned off the main highway and found myself on a paved backroad through a forest of trees. This lasted about five miles. The road was very lightly traveled, though the few cars I saw on the twisting road acted like they were very familiar with where they were going. After popping out of the tree line, I was in a nice clearing looking down on the beautiful little Bavarian village of Altenbanz.
The roads were very crooked today and will be that way for some time because I’m back in hilly terrain. As long as I’m walking the backroads there will be some climbing and descending as well.
I never found a place to eat lunch today until I got on the edge of my destination, Coburg. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Coburg is the home to one of Germany’s largest castles, the Veste Coburg. Situated on a hill just south of the town, the castle was built in the 10th century and today is a museum and art gallery.
Some of you who are following my whereabouts closely might have noticed I have not been following the published route on my website for the past couple of days. The route I posted under the route tab was planned many months ago. However, while I was back in the states on break, I reviewed the portion of my route that I’m currently walking and made some changes between Bamberg and Hanover, Germany. The new route, which I did not post on my website, is a little shorter than the original route. After I get to Hanover in about two weeks, I’ll be walking the published route again.
I’m still one day ahead and there is rain in the forecast for the next three days. I’m planning to press ahead for now, but if the weather gets too wet, I’ll take the day off I’ve been saving. More to follow on that.
Today was Wyn and my 43rd Anniversary. I thought all day long about the amazing life we have together. I don’t think either of us would change a single thing.
That’s all for today. I’m going out in a bit before the sun sets and try to find a good view of the castle. I couldn’t see it as I came into town today because of the tall trees. If I can get a picture I’ll post it. Thanks for reading. JB.