Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 39.7km
Average speed / 平均速度: 15.0km/h
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 2h 39m
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 93.52km (plus 400km)
Total cycling distance to date / 今まで自転車で走った距離: 11,800km
Ascent / 上り: +130m
Descent / 下り: -130m
Thank you to the Wallers once again for their kind hospitality last night. The Wallers are part of the YFU network here in Germany. They have travelled extensively around the world, and entertained me with stories from Tibet, Tansania, Turkey, and other exotic places.
After updating the website and uploading photos, I got away at about 9:40am. By the time I had arrived in the small town of Haueneberstein after almost 6km at 10:30am, there was a strong tailwind helping me along. This tailwind stayed with me all day, and gave me some extra confidence as I skated on the main road due to the absence of a cycle path.
Between the small towns of Haueneberstein and Kuppenheim, the usually impeccable cycle path was non-existant, but cars gave me a wide berth, no doubt startled by my bright fluorescent vest attached to my pack.
After 13km at 11am, I had a snack break of 15minutes. Even though it wasn’t particularly cold, I had to find shelter out of the wind behind a large cherry tree to keep warm. At this stage my average speed was a rather nice 15.2km/h.
The town of Malsch was perhaps one of the most drab I have seen so far in Germany. I rolled through there just before noon, and admired the symetry of same-shaped houses.
The town was all but deserted, with only the more daring locals braving the dark cloudy weather to venture outside.
After 25km, at noon, it was high time for a lunch break. Just a few minutes before stopping I had been tooted at by a highway maintenance van for skating on the road when there was a cycle path next to the road. The cycle path was in such bad condition however, that it was impractable to skate on it.
Since I only had a few more kms to go until Karlsruhe, I took a long lunch break. Three hours long. I slept for most of it. By lunch time my average speed had increased to 15.9km/h. Tailwinds are my friend.
Karlsruhe is a funny place. At 4 o’clock I arrived, and didn’t quite know what to make of it. The city center is a busy place, with pedestrians and trams bustling and jostling for dominance in the open square. And there is a stratling disproportionate amount of people eating icecreams.
Like, usually you don’t notice people eating icecream. But I tell you, they are everywhere in Karlsruhe. I think the icecream vendors in Karlsruhe must be putting something in the mix, if you know that I mean…