Town: Oberauoff, time: 6 p.m. I’m running out of water and it’s not long before I need to find a place for the night. I almost walked by the little bar before I turned my head and saw that it’s open. I enter and ask if I could have some water. A little conversation starts as people notice my large back-pack. After 20 minutes of kindness I leave the place with water, lots of motivation and a tupperware-box full of a home-cooked meal incl. desert, three pieces of my favourite cake Donauwelle. I had trouble eating my superb dinner as I was smiling too much.
I come through the little town of Maxsain, it’s around 4 p.m. when I met four construction workers. They just finished work and sat on the sidewalk with a case of beer (24 bottles). They started a small-talk and I walked over. Soon I sat with them on the sidewalk, had a beer in my hand and we talked about soccer. Around 90 minutes and four beers later I decided it’s better to get up and keep hiking before I never ever leave Maxsain. I “hiked” another 10 km.
I woke up with a little hang-over. I need a coffee. But it’s a national holiday and everything is closed, so it’s no coffee for me today. I’m slow and wish to have never left Maxsain. Half-way thorough the day I’m passing by Großer Wolfsstein, a rock landmark. There I see a group of maybe 15 people from old to young. They seem to enjoy their time and their pick-nick. It seemed that everyone brought a little something. And boy, they had everything: coffee, cake, soda, sausages, salads. I slowly walked by when I heard someone shouting “Hey, you want a coffee?” Heck yeah I wanted one but I decided to answer with “Yes, that would be nice!”. I poured myself a cup and we introduced ourselves, I mwas talking to the Marienberger Carnevalsverein, a club dedicated to carneval culture. They hike to this landmark every year on May 1st, they explained, because of a play they do. I spent about one hour with them, had more coffee and cake. But more importantly I had a veey nice conversation with amazing people. They made my day and who knows, maybe one given May 1st we meet again.
It’s about 11 a.m. and I’m already 4.5 hrs into the day. It’s a nice uphill climb when a large group of kids come walking downhill. The accompanying adult sees my backpack and starts a conversation. Soon I had all kids, ages 7 – 10 around me being curious and asking me all kinds of questions regarding this adventure. It’s the little things in life what make a big difference. To inspire the future is a great gift and I’m happy I was a part of it.
7 hrs. later I’m standing in front of Biggi’s Treff, a bar in a small town called Bad Nenndorf. As I’m liw on water I walk inside to ask for some. The guests immediately started asking me questions, buying me beers and asking me more questions. It is amazing how much energy and motivation I receive from meeting so nice and warm-hearted people. But still remembering April 30th. I decide to leave after two beers and a basket full of promises to all send them a postcard from North-Cape.