Today the weather turned chillier with the wind nibbling my ears. And I kept overshooting where I was supposed to be – get the map out and realise I’d missed my turning AGAIN and gone a few kilometres past – very frustrating, and if you do THAT enough times it can mount up. Still – it was lovely cycling – through forests and hills and small villages.
I gradually realised I wasn’t going to find a supermarket open after passing several shut ones which ought to have been open according to their signs and suspected it was a Bank Holiday. Susanne confirmed my suspicions later. So by the time it got to 6pm and I got into Auerbach I was ravenous because I’d had nothing since breakfast. (Note to self – get emergency biscuit rations for pannier to avoid similar situation in future). Fortunately there was a doner kebab place open so I ordered another falafel roll – loads of salad and delicious - just the job. At the same time, Susanne phoned and said she would come and get me as the last 5 miles were all up hill and it wasn’t far. I tried to dissuade her but she insisted – who am I to argue with the boss?
She arrived just as I emerged from the kebab house – and greeted me with a firm and warm hug. Rowenna, luggage and me whisked back to the family house – where I was greeted with effulgence by her parents Rainer and Roswitha (pronounced ‘Rosevita’) who live downstairs. Woohoo! Six nights with Susanne – though she has to work, I’m looking forward to getting to know her and getting some insight into her life – and also catching up on dirty washing, posting pics and blogging etc. etc.