Playing along the hills of central Germany

After leaving Escher, I took the easy option of a Holiday inn in Dortmund for the night, but I am going off these places, they aren’t as cheap as thy appear, the internet and almost everything else they can charge for is extra.

After the flat of the Netherlands and North western Germany, I needed hills, and Dortmund is the start for the central Germany hills 🙂

While looking at my map, a name sprung out, Echenzell, nothing to do with the family, but worth the slight detour.

ImageImage

The hills.

ImageImage

Even found some dirt.

IMG_3366 IMG_3367 IMG_3369

And right at the highest point I passed this,

IMG_3370 IMG_3372

Puts it all into perspective far more than all the grand memorials.

Found a nice hotel in a little village for the night.

IMG_3382 IMG_3383IMG_3384 IMG_3385 IMG_3386 IMG_3387

The next day was more of the same, but I aborted my first foray into the Czech Republic when I found I didn’t have the correct maps loaded, so the Czech side of the border was blank but for major roads, no use to me. I needed my laptop to access the correct maps, so I stayed on the German side of the border and headed towards the Polish border, to my advantage as it turned out.

IMG_3410 IMG_3406 IMG_3407 IMG_3408 IMG_3409 IMG_3405

The road followed the border, aften meters from the actual border, or so the GPS saw it.

Very pretty country, in a dark sort of way.

IMG_3392 IMG_3391 IMG_3394 IMG_3397

It was high as well, mostly between 600 and 1000 meters.

IMG_3398 IMG_3399 IMG_3400 IMG_3401 IMG_3402 IMG_3403

The border river, the Czech Republic is to the left.

IMG_3413 IMG_3414 IMG_3415 IMG_3417 IMG_3418

I assume this is a border marker of some sort.

IMG_3416

I went past a German bike shop, the down side of the road less traveled is this sort of thing is less likely to happen, stopped in for a look and bought a Held waterproof backpack big enough to hold my laptop and other stuff I usually kept in the top box for waterproof reasons, makes staying in hotels easier.

IMG_3419

I was looking for somewhere to spend the night and something about this place just ticked all the boxes, don’t know why, but I was more than happy with the choice. The food was first rate, mostly home made by the ex Netherlands couple who now own it.

IMG_3421 IMG_3420

http://www.teichhaus-holzhau.de/

~ by andygadget on July 6, 2013.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: