13th April- Fussen- Oberstaufen- 70km
The day started off so well. I joined some Thai women in the hostel for breakfast, however my yoghurt and muesli looked pathetic next to their full on Thai dinner!
It was a little cold outside but the sun was shining and I was honoured with lovely scenery again. I even passed some deer and goats in the field, which made me think. Most goats you come across have bells around their neck, but why just goats, why not sheep and pigs? Anyone know?
Anyway, for lunch I stopped on a bench with my whopper of a sandwich and got chatting to a guy with a backpack who spoke good English. He was travelling in the direction I came in and was asking about my trip; he had a big bag with him and I asked if he was camping, then he told me he was ‘a tramp’ in his words and he just travels around, then said goodbye and was on his way.
About 55km into the ride it started with thunder and lightening and then the heavens opened up. I had my waterproof jacket on, but I was too drenched by the time I thought about getting my waterproof trousers that I didn’t bother. As for the waterproof shoe covers I bought- I didn’t read the packet properly and they’re just for cycle shoes so I snapped the bloody things and left them useless! I did another 10km and could t go on any longer, i was bloody freezing, so I stopped at the first eat house I saw and asked them for a room. With my minimal German I understood the couple to be telling me their guest house was long term only. They let me stand outside shivering, without offering so much as a towel or hot drink whilst they talked amongst themselves about where the next guest house was. Arghh. The next village was only a few km away, but of course it was up a hill, and of course it was in some fancy spa resort town with the cheapest room €55. I wouldn’t have minded paying that much, but the room smelt, had no kettle, no wifi and not one English speaking channel on the TV- not even CNN/BBC….I thought every hotel had those channels?! On the plus side it was so nice to get my wet clothes off and have a hot shower- I fell asleep at 8pm!!