Day 11: Cute kitties, New born horses, and Cows crossing the Road! July 11
Arenshausen to Probsteizella - 45 miles
Breakfast was fabulous today. Our hostess was excellent and laid on a fantastic spread! We felt like honored guests which really set us up well for the day. We were well fed and in great spirits we left Arenshausen. Right into an uphill out of the town unfortunately. The first 5 miles of the day were rolling, which is hard on freshly woken up legs... Then we hit a serious downhill over the former border and down to the River Werra valley. We picked up some speed and a few bugs on our sunglasses. Following the river we started passing a schloss (castle) on every other hilltop. All you see is little spires jutting up through the dense green tree tops. It is fun to imagine the different people who built them since every castle us different. As we can up from the river we passed a horse pasture, like we always do but in this one we saw a baby foal lying on the ground near a tree and a larger horse, obviously mom, near by eating... We knew it was a new born because it was so skinny and little but we thought it was maybe two or three days old, until the momma horse came over to check us out and we saw the after birth still coming out of her... Well...behind... So this baby had JUST been born!! It hadn't even taken its first steps! It didn't even quite have control over its head and neck yet. We were just amazed! So beautiful and cute and kind of gross but totally adorable!
The remainder of the day was mostly spent on a lovely bike path next to the river Werra. We stopped in the beautiful town centre in Allendorf. Again, old buildings and a fountain. Andrea went grocery shopping in anticipation of tomorrow being Sunday and all the stores being closed. Outside of town we got a little turned around in Eschwege and then had an Eiscafe in Schwebda to make us feel better. We headed towards the town of Frieda (not quite Freda like Bruce's mom but close enough). The roadworks in Frieda were a little disorientating as they had built a new bypass that wasn't on the maps but it looked like a beautiful little town with cobble stone roads and houses with rose gardens. We headed back into more wooded county outside of Frieda into a sweet downhill when we were met by a heard of milk cows crossing the road... What are we in Romania?!? The farmers were laughing at us as we gawked and took photos. What do you want? We're tourists!!! Next, we passed through the town of Altenburschla that had celebrated its 1200th anniversary. Some of these towns have been around for centuries!!! We saw a regular house built in 1766, that house is older than the USA! Crazy... In the small square we saw the tell tale signs of a local gathering which turned out to be a performance of the local women's choir. We listened to them sing at a Biergarten there and continued down the path to a campground under the cliffs in Probsteizella. At the campground there was a lovely but very busy guest house and restaurant where we had to register. We found a very helpful waitress who spoke some English and had the patience of a saint to help us check in, get a Radler, and figure out the laundry card system so we could use the washing machine. There were some adorable kittens hanging around the guesthouse and restaurant that Brucie got to play with before we did a load of laundry, set up camp, and made dinner. Now we are just sitting in our awesome chairs, playing the Ukulele in the setting sun and choosing which photos to put up for this blog... We have just a few if you couldn't guess...
The World is Ours!