Day 10: Three Guest Houses and Hawaii Schnitzel
Walkenried to Arenshausen 45miles
Woke up at campground... This campground was not like other camp grounds... I mean, we still had a small site on grass with trees around but the bathrooms where a-whole-nother story...First, we think it is a thing that in Germany one must shower listening to Euro pop from the 80's and '90s in the mornings... Next, the ladies' shower had a three tiered bubbling fountain and a hair drying station with 3x and 10x mirrors... It looked like a Health club... We could have gone swimming in the indoor pool arena but we had to head off to make the most of our day. We made breakfast of scrambled eggs and peppers after sleeping late (yes, 8am is late now).
We encountered many rolling hills, some were quite steep! We got passed by a spandex-clad father and son duo... Twice... At midday we took a break after a pretty awesome downhill in an old city called Duderstadt. The city center was a beautiful old down town with vibrantly painted wood/timber framed houses and buildings two or three stories tall. We had a warme schokolade mit sahne (hot chocolate with whipped cream) because it was a bit on the chilly side and we needed the sun and a warm drink to get us ready for the second half of the day. We have noticed that some German driving habits are strange to us. We love that they treat cyclists just like any other small vehicle and give room when passing or turning corners...but... We have also noticed that some German drivers do not want to let us cross the street at a non-crosswalk area... We think it is because we don't have right of way. But one guy almost hit the car in front of him trying to push is off the road/not let us cross in front of him. We have encountered this a few times before so we are starting to see a trend but hey, what can you do? They have more bike infrastructure than anywhere else we have been!
Trying to get a room today was a bit tough... First we went to a guest house that was completely full with just one family... Andrea actually walked in on their family dinner which was a bit awkward but one of the younger family members directed us to the next guest house down the road. With a thank you we headed off for attempt number two... Next we tried the Relaxing Frog guest house but this one was for "eating not for sleeping". The owners tried to help us find a camping platz down the way, but that was the wrong way off our route and UP hill.. So again we left with a thank you and off we went down a sweet little bike path we saw towards Arenshausen. When we reached Arenshausen, we asked a guy sitting on his porch if there was a guest house in town. Turns out he was actually a guest of the guest house we were standing in front of... Again no signage... A very excited blond woman popped out of a hidden door and ushered us into a lovely room in the building next door. So now we think we are staying in a boarding house but it is clean although super IKEA and decked out in Americana. We are having dinner on terrace in small pub, which is also a guest house that is only for "eating no sleeping". We seem to be the only diners. Andrea had hawaii schnitzel!!! Mit beer!
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