Sosa - Breitenbach - Mihla - Neuastenberg
mihla - mihla along the former border
mihla - neuschwarzenburg
neuschwarzenburg - buldern
Saxony, Thüringen, Hesse and North Rine Westfalia
A Sunday high up in the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge) close
to Sosa brings drizzle and mist. Not a good day, chilly, wet with virtually
zero visibility towards the Slate Mountains in Thüringen.
The old scene:abandoned factories, lovely towns with people drinking
somewhere outside the town to save money on booze, copple stones and
old people, the occasional Trabant car or Robur truck passing by.
There are old Stasi bunkers hidden in the undergrowth,
castles and rivers meandering through beautiful valleys, in my opinion
Thüringen is one of the most beautiful states of Germany. Some
people are tough, but most are incredibly easy going.
With wet boots and moist clothes imake for an old intercamping,
once the centre for business holidays, international affairs and Stasi
Now most of the huts lay deserted, the bigger buildings trashed and
left to themselves. It's hard to attract holiday makers in the times
of easy jet and the like, which leaves space for pensioners and unemployed
in a beautiful location: Breitenbach.
Mr. Hübenthal tells stories of yesteryear, how he worked as a painter
in the DDR, how he got cancer from the fumes and how much he loves the
place. So far everybody talked about the "Wende" in positive
terms, but not sparing criticism for current affairs.
And on through Thüringen heading north towards the Werra River
where i find a lovely campsite with kids and teachers and a fire and
the coldest shower so far. A good location for an exploration along
the old inner German border, miles and miles through nowhere land, fields,
woods and villages. These tracks meander over the mountain tops still
separating small villages on either side.
This area, once a restricted area only accessible with special permission
still feels incredibly secluded. Nearly untouched and beautiful.
Heading West I trundle through Hesse, here people appear
much more serene, but the villages appear as old as over there in the
And all the sudden i find myself in the Sauerland, a rural buffer just
outside the Ruhr valley which I will tackle tomorrow.
Now it's telli-time, Chalsea-Manchester are playing, reminds
me of good old days in the pub. Here goes... :)
status bike: dirty but rattling along - pneu!!
status max: dryer
status weather: improving