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Black Forest - Day 7: From Bad Herrenalb to Herrenwies.

In the morning we took it slowly and loaded all our gear on our bikes. Afterwards we continued to the next campsite, which was about 30 km further. We had to climb the same road as yesterday, but now with luggage. It was a lot harder. The route went, after a small decent, steep uphill and then followed a river upstream.

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A foggy view along the route

A picture to prove we both came here by bike

It had already been raining all day, but it was getting worse. Finding the road towards the campsite was not easy. It wasn't fun to be riding around like this. When we arrived the campsite seemed boring. We took some shelter from the rain and discussed our options. We decided to go to another place. We were soaking wet and cold, and now needed to descent and then climb again to the next campsite. It was ridiculously cold to ride downhill at 40 km/h. It was the only time I had rather cycled up than down. We did make a nice photo of the foggy mountains.

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After the rain the fog rose up from the valley

We didn't have food for lunch, because we hadn't enounctered any village. At the top of the mountain just before the campsite was a souvenir shop where I bought a snickers. They also had a nice bag, it said: 'my parents visited the Black Forest and the only thing they got me was this 'scheisse tasse''. Back down we passed a reservoir. 

The reservoir near Herrenwies, it wasn't very deep.
 

Because of the rain it was very misty. You could see about as far as when it is night. Because of that it was difficult to find the campsite. The village in which it  was located was small. This campsite looked nicer than the previous one. You could also buy fresh bread for the next morning, which we did, because we didn't have any food. There wasn't really a desk, only a building to which all the bathrooms were attached. There you had to ring a bell so that an old lady would emerge. She said we should first pitch our tent, because it would rain soon. When we went back she told us we didn't need to register if we only stayed for one night, but we didn't know if we would.

To at least eat something we ate the last thing we had, a bag of farfalle, a type of pasta. We didn't have any sauce left. Bram already didn't like it last time, but this time we both hated it. We put the stove underneath the awning to get a bit warmer. When the pasta was done we put it in the tent and ate it, it was disgusting. Meanwhile we analyzed the other visitors. Next to our tent was a family with a mobile home with a tent in front. They were playing all sorts of bad music, backstreet boy type. One time just before we entered the tent we heard 'wow, he is just in shorts, he must be cold'. There was also someone who seemed cycling vacation worthy, she was packing her tent in the rain without a raincoat. She didn't look bad either.

We didn't have food for dinner yet. We went to ask the old lady if there was a place in the village where we could eat. There was, a small restaurant near the church. It was Tuesday so we didn't expect it to be closed. Of course it was. A ski hut where you could normally buy fries was also closed. We had come by foot, so we went back to the campsite to pick up our bikes and cycle to the next village. Maybe we would be able to find some food there, although that village wasn't big either.

 

When we had climbed out of the valley we came across some signs. They pointed towards a dining place 600 meters away, that also was closed on Tuesday, and even worse, normally at 8. Every place we had seen thus far closed on Tuesday and otherwise before 8. The next sign pointed towards the 'friends of nature house', were you could also eat. The sign said it was open on Tuesday. However, it was already 7:55 and it was still 1.5 km away. We raced through the forest to try to get there on time.

 

We entered just before 8. There was a group of people who slept there and were drinking. I asked if we could still order dinner, and if they were actually open, luckily the answer to both questions was yes. We ordered schnitzel with fries. The frying pan was turned on to cook all sorts of things. Meanwhile we drank a well deserved white beer. The salads were done quickly, so we already started on those. We heard the people behind us say 'they order schnitzel at this time of day', like we wouldn't understand if they said 'schnitzel' in German. The salad was good, especially because we were hungry and, in contrast to our tent, warm. 

 

We each received a big plate of fries with 2 schnitzels, the owner said 'here you guys won't starve'. When we finished everything we both bought a beer mug with the logo of the friends of nature house. That way those people knew we appreciated what they did and we each had a nice souvenir. This mug was also a real stone one, not the cheap touristy ones we had seen before. The ride back was amazing. We were warm and full of food and the only thing we needed to do was get on our bike and ride downhill. After about 10 minutes we arrived at the tents. After inspecting the mugs one more time we went straight to bed.

Distance cycled : 62 km