Thursday, May 07, 2009

Stage 19 - Seeg (Germany!)

Today's 44 mile stage started with a long, cold, traffic-heavy climb up and over the Fernpass (the place where, apparently, Hannibal's elephant concept went horribly wrong). By 8am though, we had reached the summit, and were able to enjoy a more restful and sunny descent through the towns of Lermoos and Reutte.

Somewhere around mile 30, we passed into Germany. Not a sign, flag, or anything to indicate our arrival...except...and I kid you not...the world's largest wheelbarrow. I was too busy looking for a border sign and forgot to snap the wheelbarrow. Oh well, you'll have to take my word for it. Just imagine a very big wheelbarrow, and there you have it.

So then we passed through the lovely old town of Füssen, where people actually cheered for us, and then on to the finish at the village of Seeg. A wonderful Bavarian reception awaited us, with cheering at the finish line, that lederhosen dancing thing, sausages and rolls, and requests from star-struck kids for autographs. Now that's more like it!

The day was filled with beautiful blue skies (i.e., hot) and stunning views. Another 40 miler tomorrow, then three 50+ miles days after that which should prove, um, challenging. But one day at a time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like that you guys were celebrated -- lederhosen and all. The scenery is stunningly beautiful! Thanks for the pics. Your following here grows daily. At least one person a day asks me for your blog or email. They may not always post comments, but they are cheering you forward.