Packed up, had a coffee with Robert, he drew me a map to get up Pferdkopf and i was off.
The walk to the little mountain wasnt too bad but the tower on too was inpressive, towering over the nearby tall trees. I counted 183 steps to the top. The structure creaked as i walkes uo it but i had faith in it. Suoerb views in all directions from the too but i couldnt spy Frankfurt. I think oerhaps another hill was in the way.
The rest of the day, until the end, was through thick forests. Because robert had said part of the downhill was steep i got me a big stick, a staff almost as tall as me and gnarled with the girth of a plantain. Passing people gave me very funny looks. Going through a village one old woman swapped to the other side of the road to avoid me. I dont think germans like anything out of the ordinary but i just thought i looked like a cool gandalf.
I hit konigstein around half five and went to aldi for dinner. Sitting in some nearby woods eating my picnic i had an exchange with an american on a bicycle:
Do you speak English?
I *am* English. Are you American?
And you live here?
I work here. I’m starting a healthy reataurant with my wife.
Ah, good luck. But i love meat.
Well, we didn’t run away from it cos it taste bad. (Presumably he’s saving thr planet.)
For all that walking youve still got some weight on you. (Its quite galling to be called fat by an american.)
You should have seen me when i started.
Yeah, its been difficult of late at the reataurant cos i had covid three weeks ago.
How was it for you? I had it and it was just like a minor cold.
Very tiring. I’m still tired now.
What you need is some meat! (he smiles). Good luck with your restaurant.
Then i found somewhere to camp in the woods.
Distance today (km) 24, total 1512