Straubing 16/08/2014

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16/08/2014 Saturday

I woke up at 6.45 am and quickly got ready. The taxi arrived at 7.20 and we arrived at Heathrow to find a queue the length of the airport. We were eventually pulled out of the queue and were the last people to check their bags. We ran to the plane but when we got there it was still boarding, and was a bit delayed on taking off as there was another long queue of planes on the runway. we were flying Lufthansa to Munich. unfortunately when we got there my luggage failed to arrive. We luckily had Verena to sort it out with the baggage tracking people. We missed our first bus but then caught a bendy bus to the train station where we caught a train which had first class upstairs. We had some lunch and then swapped onto another train to Straubing. This train had a lot of people in beer festival outfits in it. We quickly purchased some socks to go with my lederhosen and then got to Francesco's and Steffi's place. We said hello to Sabine, danielle and brent who was suffering from last nights beer festival. We quickly got changed into our lederhosen and headed off to the fair which was huge. We watched simone play on the dodgems then found the girls in the tent at the. Reserved table which was right at the front ready for the band. The band were pretty good and did about 3 sets. The singer must have drunk about 4 steins. They played a mixed bag of songs and i leaned right over and clinked glasses with the singer. The guys behind us were a bit drunk and it was difficult to dance with them behind but i managed it and caught one of their guys twice.We drank till 11.30 pm and then went home. John crashed straight out.

17/08/2014 Sunday

Textwoke with no hangover and had a lovely breakfast with great coffee from the coffee machine.then when everyone had showered but me we set off in the two cars to a local city of Regensburg. Here we had a ice cream and then walked on to a big cathedral seeing the sites. We had lunch by the river and i had bratwursts. There was also a didgeridoo player. we then drove back and had a bit of a kip The others then went to look at the fare and we spent some time planning tomorrows trip. We then got into our beer festival kit and met the others as they were returning. We wandered around the place and John and Verena had fish sandwiches. We settled on a tent that had music and joined some people on their table. The tent had a german celebrity on stage at 9pm and shortly after we got a message to say my bag had been delivered. We had a couple of steins in that tent then we went into another tent which was getting emptier but had a really good modern band with really good singers and they were playing English hits, so I had a bit of a dance. We left at 11.30 when the tents were closing.

18/08/2014 Monday

It was nice to have a proper shower and we had German sausage for breakfast. We caught a train and , changed for a train to Munich. we dropped the bag off at the train station and paid 8 euro instead of 42. We quickly got back on a train and we took about two hours to get to our destination. When we got there we quickly walked round in a circle then we got an ice cream and set off towards the olympic ski run. We then had about a 100 metre climb to get to the hut we were staying at but it was a nice hut. The climb was rather strenuous past many cable cars as we were in a ski area. The slopes were certainly steep but at least it wasn't raining for our first walk. We got in to what looked like a ski lodge kreuzechaus and had a labyrinth to go through to get to the beds. I found a shower and had a rather cold 3 minute ordeal. For dinner we had a combination of pasta and sausage that was quite nice and pretty filing. I had a large and a small radler and a coffee. We taught john how to play radler. Then played battleship with cards before retiring to bed.

19/08/2014 Tuesday

We awoke in the hut and had a nice self service breakfast so I had plenty of cups of coffee and some muesli. We set off just after 9 and it immediately started to rain but it didn't last long. We had a long trek down through the trees descending about 600 metres. It rained every now and then but is was quite warm and wasn't windy so the poncho worked fine. We got down into the valley and had a coffee at a hut next to a river. Then started the long climb up. We climbed up a very steep path, that was slippery in a lot of places and had lots of steps and some wire at tricky bits. This went up 800 metres so was quite a slog. But when we got up we saw the mad kings summer house but we didn't go into the alpen garten. We had another coffee in a nice hut with a tortoise. Then we set off for the last bit which was 500 metres and only supposed to take an hour and a half. We took a little bit longer but it was close. the last bit was quite steep up to the meilerhutte. We got in and grabbed three beds close together then went downstairs to tuck into beer and leibergist. This was a big square of ham or something similar and an egg on top with lots of fried potato. We sat with a trio of german guys who were going the same way as us the next day. I had two beers and we read some of the alpine magazines and got Verena to translate then we retired to bed where I read a lot. John fell asleep reading his kindle and was a bit disgruntled by the heavy snorer in the corner.

20/08/2014 Wedsday

Up at 7.50 am and had a breakfast of bread and jam. It was drizzling a little as we left but it soon stopped. We didn't make very good time going down to the konongsburg hut as Verena was a little concerned especially when she saw the drop off that we didn't see the night before in the mist. We got down in just over an hour and a half and had a coffee and a shave in my case. We set off then and initially went quite cautiously down the slippery bits of yesterday were there was the wire. But it helped that it was not raining and we got all the way nearly to the bottom before it started to rain again. We were then back to the hut bockhutte by the river and I has some cake while the others went inside. I stayed outside as it was too warm inside. We then set out along the river as it stopped raining and got a long was along the river with the yellow stones before it started raining. But it only just started as we got to the hut by the river which had lots of bunting, then as soon as we were in shelter it started chucking down. This hut the Reintal hut even had a shower which John and Verena dived into. for dinner i had pork roast and later we had kaiserschmarm a kind of pancake between the 3 of us this was after playing the dinosaur memory game. the beds were rather thin in the hit but we managed to cope.

21/08/2014 Thursday

We were woken by the owner on the accordion at 6 am in the morning for John's birthday. Which was quite useful as me and John made an early start to knorhutte. It was remarkably dry and we walked along to the end of the valley then we had a very steep climb out of the valley with full rucksacks. We got to knorhutte and had a coffee and dropped a lot of our kit. It was relief to set off for the zugspitze with an almost empty back. We zigzagged up a barren plateau in the mist and gradually made out the tall mountains ahead of us and could tell which was the zugspitze by the cable car running up to it. We gradually saw the huge buildings and antennas on the top of it and also a place that looked like doctor no's secret lair on the side of a scree slope we had to struggle up even with empty bags. At the end of the scree slope the fixed ropes started so I put on my kit and. Gave John the kit from Adam but he just carried on. I caught him up quickly as it wasn't very difficult however we took the old route at one point as it looked easier than the new route. But we got to a point that scared John so while he put on his kit I climbed all around it and found a way to scramble up a channel to the new route which was on a knife edge over a big drop. We got along that which was a bit icy as the temperature was minus 3. And then just a hard struggle up to the steps of the restaurant in the altitude at 2962 metres. We got on top and then found an extra tricky and very exposed bit to the very top of the mountain. I went that way and john took pictures. We then had a meal and i had a beer at the restaurant and used the wifi to alert Verena and the rest of the world to our arrival. After a long rest we headed out and a lot of the ice had melted so the way down was easier we still took our old route down as we knew it. After that sliding down the scree slope was fun and it was an easy walk down to knorhutte where we met verena and had some beers for John's birthday and played yahtzee and uno and had an alpenkrautenlikor.

22/08/2014 Friday

It got really hot in the night and I didn't sleep well but everyone else got up at 6am and i got dressed and slept outside the sleeping bag. This worked fairly well then I got up and got ready. Breakfast was just 2 slices of german bread and jam so I was glad I was not going up the zugspitz. We set off after 9 in nice weather but a bit chilly and walked around the valley to the border with Austria. We crossed over and suddenly there were walkers everywhere. We walked downhill and came to a nice break stop where we all had coffee and Verena had strudel. We walked on and carried along some nice paths and into a wood then came out and found another rwt stop. I had beer and john and verena had lieberkist. We then walked to a nice lake where a naked man jumped in. there followed a steep climb with zig zags up to the hut but it was only 300 metres or so. When we got there we had a beer outside the coburger hut and had a view of another mountain lake. The hut was really nice and we had a room for 4 with 2 bunk beds i was on top but it was nice and wide and didn't squeak. So i had a great nights sleep. We had a four course meal for dinner which was great. We then taught Verena to flip beermats with limited success but great amusement. We also played yahtzee and i got double yahtzee at one point.

23/08/2014 Saturday

We left about 9 am and it drizzled for just a little while then it cleared up. Just after 9 am we saw the first runners in the zugspitz trail run go past. We. Saw a lot of them during the day and cheered them on at every corner of the long downhill at every zig zag. We got to the bottom just as the race was packing up and we found a nice hotel where i had beer and John and Verena had pizza. Then we set off up a muddy hill which went on and on nearly 900 metres of steep climb. Luckily we could follow the orange markers left by the runners. We saw lots of mushrooms and fallen trees and finally just as it started to drizzle again we saw the hut. Which we were all really grateful for. The hut the Wolfrathausen was exceptionally good more like a hotel with showers and a really comfortable bunk beds with duvets. When we got their we found the mountain rescue team getting pretty drunk on schnapps they had been supporting the rage. They treated us to a huge meal of steak mushrooms and fried potato. Me and John drank a number of beers and hazelnut and pine schnapps. We played a game called wobble which was quite amusing and then some more yahtzee. We went to bed quite late.

24/08/2014 Sunday

We woke at 7.30 and had a huge buffet breakfast before setting out on our 30 km day. It was about 4 degrees and a bit drizzly when we started at 9.30am. first of all we headed up in the drizzle but not for long then we dropped a good few hundred metres on some slippy zig zags protected with rope. We got down that ok then the path went up again in mud and through a lot of cows not to pleasant in the rain. We climbed about 700 metres through the muck, then had the challenge of getting down the otjersidw the lath had nearly been obliterated bh cows. A couple of times i nearly slipped over badly. Then we were out of the worst and the rain stopped at about the same time after some more zig zags we came to some planks across a river and i took my trouser legs off and washed them and scraped the mud of my boots. We were well past lunchtime at this point but had not travelled very far horizontally. We pushed on and after a gentle uphill path we came to the ski town were Verena intended to catch the bus. Unfortunately the town was completely dead on a Sunday and Verena had to walk on. Luckily the weather was good and the path excellent gently winding down a valley with numerous benches. We passed villages with houses the size of castles and also a strange lake with blue spots in it. We thought we had the bridge to our final destination in sight but then the road by the river did not got the the bridge and we had to double back a long way. I googled the nearest restaurant and we headed to that to have beer and schnitzel before continuing our journey to the b&b where we were staying all in all we had done over 21/miles and some good altitude on the day in tough conditions. We arrived at the place about 9.30pm and went straight to bed I had a single room to myself with tv and en suite.

25/08/2014 Monday

We had breakfast in the guest house with white bread which was a nice change then the landlady gave us a lift to the station. The trai. Was over an hour away so we did some shopping and had coffee and cake. We caught the train and changed to get to munich where we retrieved our luggage and caught another train to the airport. We had time for a beer before we got on the plane. I managed to finish another book nearly on the flight. The plane was a little late but i did not care as my luggage arrived ok. I caught the tube home.