Black Forest - Day 8 : From Herrenwies to Badener Höhe to Holoh to Baden-Baden and back to Herrenwies
In the morning we got fresh breads and continued being happy about our dinner last night. Otherwise we would had to live of 4 breads the entire morning while starving. We left without luggage, again uphill, passing the friends of nature house, towards the Badener Höhe tower, which were both visible from the campsite. Along the way we saw two nordic walkers, who we didn't mind seeing. Doing that on a flat terrain is weird, but on a mountain it makes more sense. The Badenor Höhe is 1003 meters high. It was quite the climb, especially because it wasn't a paved path but a gravel road. On top we made a picture of the campsite and some other views.
Left is the village, towards the right you can see the campsite
Us two on top of the Badener Höhe.
We could also see the Teufelsmühle, the towers we visited two days ago. This one had metal plates showing what things you could see and how far away they were, such as villages and mountain tops.
In the distance you can see the nearby villages, but it was hard to get them on photo.
This time it was easier to go down the stairs. Back on our bikes we needed to descent towards Forbach, which lies 700 meters lower. The first part was even difficult for walkers. It was just loose boulders, all 20-30 cm big, some were loose and others not. We both managed to stay on our bike for the whole 150 meters without crashing our bike. Later the road was still steep and we had to go slow because we couldn't effectively brake. A bit later was a steeper part, about 100 meters long. I arrived going 40 km/h, kept braking the entire time, and left still going 40 km/h. I don't know what I would have done if it would have been longer. Here are some pictures of the river we past.
The river was dry, even though it had rained a lot.
The flora in the Black Forest
There were a lot of people hiking in the forest, with real gear. We asked the way to Holoh, a mountain behind Forbach. It was clearly explained to us and we could easily find our way. During the descent to Forbach we took a different road. The shorter path was not a lot faster, but definitely more fun. Here you can see how narrow and steep it was.
The pad was about 30 cm wide,with stones and twigs over it. It was also very steep and slippery.
The road was littered with rocks to slide off of. Twice there was also a tree on the road which we had to lift our bikes over. In Forbach we wanted to buy food for lunch, then climb Holoh and descent to Baden-Baden. Unfortunately we arrived in Forbach at noon and all stores were closed to 2:30. We would have to wait 2,5 hours.
We decided to first climb Holoh and then buy food in the village. Holoh is 988 meters high so it involved more climbing than Badener Höhe. It is also a lot steeper and the road was filled with loose sand and rocks. It took a lot of effort to get up. Along the way we took this picture of Forbach:
After rain comes shine, Forbach looked nice in the sun.
It took about 2 hours before reached Holoh. The signs were very confusing. First you had Holoh, then another village, then a Holoh walking route, and you had the Holoh viewpoint and a Holoh restaurant. According to Bram we didn't have to go to one of the Holoh-whatever things, but just to Holoh. We actually found it in the end. The view was nice, Badener Höho was also visible.
When we walked up I smelled a not so nice smell, which turned out to be Bram's t-shirt. There were a lot of people on the tower, but they were all fake. They had driven up by car and then walked the 200 meters to the tower. We had to descent to get to Reichental. A few pedestrians had to run out of the way from us, it was their fault for taking the car. After a steep descent we reached the village. Fortunately the stores had opened again. We bought 4 chocolate buns and 4 apples that we all ate at once. The sun was shining brightly. The road to Baden-Baden went through Gernsbach, which we had past before on the way to the second campsite. The road from there to Baden-Baden was littered with text. Somewhere it said 2005. I couldn't figure out what it was, then I saw "Jan" and "Floyd" and thought wait it wouldn't be Jan Ulrich and Floyd Landis. It turned out to be the case, because later it also said "go Lance" this is a picture for evidence:
This is where the tour de france passed in 2005. It wasn't a classified mountain, but still steep.
The road wasn't steep, but pretty long. In Baden-Baden we went to an ATM and then to the city center. Baden-Baden is also called Brahmstadt and there was a Brahmstrase, I think Brahm was a composer, Bram of course needed to get a picture.
Bram at the Brahmsstrasse.
We ate an ice cream and enjoyed the views around Baden-Baden. We also looked who were exiting the bus, those were generally not bad looking. For dinner we had pasta and a nice bread with raisins, which we ate in the park. On the way back we saw 4 cyclists. The road towards the campsite went steadily uphill with an incline of about 4%, for 12 kilometers. We pushed and managed to beat the other cyclists, we could hear them sigh.
Today we had also bought an apfelstrudel. It was a type of apple turnover, but then rectangular, about 30 by 10 cm. It looked tasty on the packaging. We thought we just had to defrost it, which turned out not to be the case, it needed to be backed in an oven for 20 minutes. Coincidentally the campsite didn't have an oven at all. That's why we put it in the microwave. It didn't end up very crusty, nor tasty, but the apple filling was good. It was also nice that it was warm, because we were cold. The evening was freezing.
Here is the apfelstrudel as it exited the microwave, with a picture of how it was supposed to look.
We took a picture of the moon, it looked nice with the clouds and we had nothing better to do.
At night I had to warm my feet before being able to sleep again. The next night I put my jacket around them which helped a lot.
Distance cycled : 76 km