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.


The hills.


Even found some dirt.

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And right at the highest point I passed this,

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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I assume this is a border marker of some sort.


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.


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.

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~ by andygadget on July 6, 2013.

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