Day 18: Tri Border Point July 18
Joditz to Hof - 33 miles
It rained overnight... We heard thunder and rain hitting the tent but tent was dry in the morning. Score! As we ate breakfast and made coffee, we chatted again with the old german touring cyclist who was solo touring. He used to be a merchant seaman in the Americas and knew Caldera (where Andrea lived in Chile). Right as we left the campground we hit some hills again. After a few miles we got to Modlareuth, which was a divided village also called " little Berlin" because it had a wall right down the middle of the village of 50 residents. It had a very good museum with film showing in English! They also had a vehicle display as well as reconstructed wall were very good, although there were hoards of tourists. We left after getting to climb up into a watch tower. We hit some more hills to Grobau and then along the former border. After even more hills... And cows... And geese... we finally reached the old Tri Border Point where East and West Germany met Czechoslovakia. Now it is where Bavaria, Saxony and the Czech Republic meet. We had the area all to ourselves. It was actually a bit eerie being at a point where three different armies would have made sure we wouldn't have been there. Walked around and took photos. As we left we had a dew idiom to make, go further into the Czech Republic or head back into Germany? Due to terrain and weather concerns we stayed in Germany rather than going in Czech Republic where we didn't know what we would find. We cycled with a headwind for about 10 miles to get to Hof. Once inside the city limits, we found a guesthouse above a Greek Taverna. We had an excellent dinner right outside the window of our hotel room on the second floor terrace of the restaurant. We had dinner with salad and pita which is a big change from schnitzel mit pommes. We had a couple of ouzo shots with the proprietor and headed to bed to get ready for the morning.
The World is Ours!