Week 9 BLOG - Saying Goodbye to Travelling for a While

Hi guys! This’ll be the final blog for a while which I didn’t plan on but it’s how things have worked out. A few things have changed drastically throughout countries (which you will already know!) and although I take risks I’m not silly!

Join me today to discover what adventures I got up to when exploring the Bavarian countryside on my own and how it’s just as important to relax as it is to go full steam ahead especially when it’s something you love so you never feel burned out!

Monday I walked into the main centre of Ohlstadt (with a population of about 3,000 it’s not exactly big). There wasn’t much around like the guy had promised me the night before but I walked around and stumbled across a little book exchange in a post box. I saw the only English book in there was an Andy McNab so I snatched it up quick time and headed back to the van to get reading my first book for a good few years!

Back at the van I had a freezing cold outdoor shower, the sun was out so I wanted to make the most of it but the water was almost ice and I got major brain freeze! I had some lunch and tucked into my book. I really got into it and before I knew it it was becoming dusk and time to adventure to the pub.

I went back to the same place where they were happy to see me, I got talking to a couple old boys at the bar where one of the spoke good English and then got talking to a guy a couple years older than me who I seemed to get along with quite well, the hazelnut snchapps seemed to help too...

We stayed until the bar closed and headed back to the van for a beer, it was nice getting talking to someone even thought some words we did have to google translate across but we didn’t mind. We decided to meet again the next day so he could take me around the local area and we could go for lunch somewhere too.

Tuesday we went out to catch a ferry across the lake at a nearby spot my new friend knew of. We missed the first one so grabbed a beer and ended up missing the next one too which was the final one of the day! We decided instead to go for lunch and then see where we wanted to go from there.

We stopped at this hidden little restaurant and I had a goulash starter with a schnitzel and mushroom sauce main, it was delicious and very Bavarian which I was more than happy to give a go.

After lunch we went and played mini golf which was a good laugh and funny to see the competitive side to Florian. He dropped me back at the van and we decided to meet for the evening as there was a football game on showing at the pub. Back in the van I raced through my book once again which I found extremely engaging and then before I knew it it was time to meet Florian.

We had a couple of beers and I didn’t meet anyone new this time although it was nice walking in and feeling a bit of sense of community as a couple people said hello, the owner included and this was his day off so he had had a few too many so was having a good laugh with everyone, it was nice. I went home and got to bed after a pretty busy day.

Wednesday was a relaxing one, i read the rest of my book over the whole day and made myself a really tasty stir fry lunch. In the afternoon some cones were set up on the fenced tarmaced area next to me and really young kids in go karts (about 8 or 9) started whizzing around the track. It took me by surprise but was a company set up to get young children into motorsports. They were there a good two hours so I sat and watched them fly round the course. It made good afternoon entertainment.

I planned to meet with Florian again for my final night here but sadly he couldn’t make it as he felt a bit under the weather. I decided to go to the pub anyway just to say bye to the bar maid and anyone there I had met. After a beer and a bit of chat I made my way home and got an early night ready to move on in the morning.

Thursday I started to head towards my next location, a beautiful grand castle overlooking mountains and a vast landscape. I had to hunt for a shower first and do a quick shop then i’d be on my way. After a couple of no’s from campsite owners I found one at a little camping stop which was pay as you go. It’s brilliant finding little places like this and strange how much you take a hot shower for granted, especially when it’s so cold outside!

After my shower I continued on to the castle. I saw it on my drive in the car distance and it looked incredible! It was early afternoon so I had plenty of time to go up there, I was determined to go before dark and nothing would stop me.