Day 5: June 14 2014, Ediger-Eller to Bernkastel-Kues
I admit I’m feeling a little emo right now (hence this posts’ title)….I think the solitude is messing with me….which is embarrassing because it’s only been 5 days.
I had a great evening last night in Ediger. After setting up camp, I had plenty of time before dinner to stroll through the beautiful village center. It’s amazing how the buildings and streets are built right up into the steep mountainside. Beautiful old Fachwerkhaus architecture, and grandiose churches. The light was golden and intense, and the shady alleys offered a welcome retreat from the hot sun.
This morning I awoke to cloudy, grey skies and a blustery wind. I was quick to break down camp in case the rain came, but it never did. So I stopped shortly after leaving the campground to wolf down 2 broetchen on a bench by the river.
When I started up again, a was faced with a stiff headwind. I remember how emotionally draining headwinds can be from the cross-country trip Ian and I took last summer. It can feel like swimming upstream without getting anywhere. Thankfully, the Mosel River is incapable of following a straight line, full of 90 and even 180 degree twists and turns. I can never remember in which direction I am headed at any given moment. So, following the curvy river, the wind took turns behaving as my (fickle) best friend, silently pushing me along, and as my greatest obstacle, confronting me head-on with noisy and persistent gusts. We kept each other company on this grey and cloudy day.
Here is some of what I saw during today’s dance with the wind:
As you can see, I am still in the thick of wine country, and I am still surrounded by breathtaking views of river, mountains, and picturesque villages. Life is hard.
Here I am biking along a typical pathway:
And here I am eating a well-balanced and nutritious lunch. Seriously, still no vegetables. I swear I’m trying to find them!