Day 12 : Rolling hills

After breakfast I headed into Bad Hersfeld town centre, which is a fairly large but pedestrian friendly, modern town centre.

I found a shop that sold me some unpackaged USB cables that they had sitting in a draw, so that was a good result. I found a bike shop and borrowed a track pump to get my tyres back up to 100 psi (they were down to 60).

Then I got back to the business of pootling through the countryside.

Level crossings for cyclists don’t always have barriers so you have to stay alert.

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Level crossing

It didn’t rain today! For the past couple of days I’m cycling into a Southerly wind, but it’s not too bad at all.

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Lots of this kind of thing

Lunch was 5 minute spaghetti bolognase, followed by coffee and biscuits.

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Lunch spot

Lots of tree covered hills side the valleys as I follow the river upstream.

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#underexposed#

The river has certainly narrowed somewhat over the past two days.

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Water nice bike

At 5pm I look for a campsite and find one about 20 km away in the right direction. Just have to head over some hills first.

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Heading to the campsite

This camp site is the best yet. €10 for the night. Very good free facilities and a lake to swim in if it gets hot. It’s not hot, but that hasn’t stopped one guy from going in. Just one other tent here and about 25 caravans.

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There are three sheep in the enclosure behind the tent but they’re camera-shy

There’s an Irish pub next door to the campsite, which is handy.

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Desperately trying to replace lost calories

I thought it was hard work today because I’d done extra miles yesterday, but it looks like it really was uphill pedalling all day:

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Note to self: Padded shorts tomorrow.

Bad Hersfeld to Motten, 89 km. Total so far = 1,046 km.

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