Km on the clock: 530
The next morning I enjoyed the breakfast buffet including rolls, scrambled eggs, yogurt, orange juice and hot fresh brewed coffee. I sat at the window, looked out of the window across the market place to the church and asked myself: How can I protect myself from the heavy rain if it would be as bad as the days before? First, I decided to arrange myself better plastic bags than the ones I had the day before. Seriously, the yellow plastic bags are not recommendable. Second, I should get some rain shoes to make sure that my feet would stay dry and warm.
I asked the hotelier for plastic bags. He kindly gave me some big blue ones which made a way more solid impression to me than the yellow ones. I went to every single sports and bike shop that I could find in this small town to ask for rain shoes. There was only one shop which had a single pair of them. Unfortunately they were too small for me.
Going to all of these shops also gave me the chance to do some sightseeing in Meiningen. I visited Elisabethenburg Palace where a primary school enrollment event just ended. I felt a bit sorry for these six years old kids because it was their first day of school in their lives and it had to be on a Saturday. I really hope for them that it will be the only day that they have to attend for school on weekends.
I left Meiningen and started cycling in direction the state Hesse. I was a bit disappointed that I could not get the much needed rain shoes which made me concerned about another day in rainy hell. At the same time I was also glad that I had new plastic bags with me and that it did not rain yet. I hoped that the weather would stay like that for a long time knowing that it would not. The sky was covered with dark grey clouds.
I do not know exactly where but at some point I crossed the 500 kilometers mark that day. It was probably around that time when the heavy rain started again. So I stopped at a bus stop and created a rain poncho and a new pair of rain shoes out of my new plastic bags and celebrated the halftime of Expedition1000GER with a handful of gummy bears.
When I realized that I went half way through the country I thought: From now on it is only going downhill. Well, it did not. This area of Thuringia is quite hilly so I had to use the first gear of my bike a lot to climb up the hills. At some point I caught myself making faces while pedaling uphill. I am sure it was not a pretty picture. Everyone who ever went to a gym and observed people lifting heavy weights knows what I am talking about.
I arrived the village Richelsdorf in Hesse that evening and decided to stay again at a guest house for the night. The weather conditions just did not allow to camp outside. I even started to ask myself: Why do you even carry all that camping equipment with you? Just send it back home. At the same time I hoped that the weather would become better the next days. There was a group of elderly men at the bar of the guest house looking quite funny at me when I walked in in my plastic bag outfit. I checked in, got some dinner and dried once again my clothes for the next day.
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