Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 53.1km
Average speed / 平均速度: 14.1km/h
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 3h 46m
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 53.1km (plus 400km)
Total cycling distance to date / 今まで自転車で走った距離: 11,800km
Ascent / 上り: +330m
Descent / 下り: -330m
The winds were fair to me today. A steady breeze from the south helped me along the smooth cycle paths from Gengenbach through Offenburg, and ultimately 53km to a small village called Winden, close to Sinzheim. My legs felt steady and relaxed after the two days off – taking it easy for these first few weeks on the board seems to be the way to go.
Today I passed through the following towns:
I left Markus’s place at around 11am, and at 12:05 stopped for 10 minutes at a supermarket to buy more alcohol for my stove. I ended up finding Soya Granulate also – the alusive TVP I had been looking for to up the protein value of my meals. At 1.69 Euro for 250g, it was the most reasonable price I have seen in Germany so far.
Had a lunch break from 12:30 till 13:30. Lunch was sandwiches (kindly prepared by Markus’s mum – thank you!) and left over oatmeal from breakfast eaten with some banana and strawberry jam (homemade by Markus’s mum).
From 15:10 I had another break for 20 minutes, before skating until 17:00 when I stopped for dinner under a cherry tree. I discovered that cherry trees are not a great choice for sitting under at this time of year – birds pecking at the ripe cherries at the top of the tree send soft broken cherries down, falling on clothes, staining them…
I ate and read a book until 18:30, and skated to my kind host’s place to arrive there at 19:45.
My hosts for tonight are the Wallers. Their son was a YFU exchange student, and through the YFU network, I managed to end up staying here tonight. Markus was also a YFU exchange student in the past, and he organised for me to stay here tonight. Kind of a random situation, with the Wallers knowing very little about who I am, but things seem to be working out.