Finish: Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm
I had a very good day of walking today, though this was the hottest day since I began Part 2 of the walk on 11 June. It is 99 degrees outside but thankfully I’m finished for the day. The temperatures are forecast to cool off to their normal highs of the upper 70s/lower 80s for this area beginning tomorrow.
I intended to get on the road earlier today to beat the heat but last night’s hotel didn’t have breakfast until 8:00 this morning so I walked out the door at 8:20. I spent the first hour walking through corn fields on gravel roads which worked out well. This was a shortcut Google Maps took me on, and it’s not unusual. The paved roads tend to wander around the countryside from town to town and the computer program looks for alternate walking routes to shorten the day. This usually works out OK, but sometimes the route is barely walkable because of undergrowth, streams with no dry crossing, etc.. I try to study the route the night before but sometimes I just can’t tell how good the route is until I get there.
Tonight’s stop in the town of Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm is great. This is a town of about 25,000 and is on the river Ilm. The hotel if fantastic. When I walked into the lobby from the heat, I definitely felt air conditioning. That was a very pleasant surprise as most hotels around here are not air conditioned.
Tomorrow I inch my way closer to Nuremberg, a very historic city that I have never visited. I’ll be there Friday with a day off Saturday.
I think that’s all for today. Time to go get some dinner and enjoy this cool room. Hope everyone had a great weekend. JB.