Day 2: Würzburg to Talsperre Ratscher

Distance: 130 km

Elevation: 1376 m

I slept like a baby. After a quick breakfast, I tried to fix my brakes which had been losing grip yesterday. A couple of kilometers into the route my saddlepost cracked and I almost fell off the bike.

Luckily, I found a bike shop not too far away. Thanks to a nice mechanic, Rosinante was up and running within an hour and for just 10€. He was also able to quickly fix my brakes. A good idea since I was heading towards hilly Thuringia.

My mood was bit low though. I felt exhausted and had lost trust in my gear. Tinas flat mate Flo who works in a café, had given me yummy sandwiches which were leftovers of the day. Delicious!

During the day the landscape turned from plains with big skies into rolling hills. I stopped for a pizza at the former German border and reached my camping site at a nice lake after 9pm. The entire place felt like a big party. Certainly, there was no social distancing going on – rather the opposite. I found a remote spot which was less noisy.

I went for a quick swim and then my new neighbors in a camper van invited me over for a beer. They were a little drunk which made the conversation more fun. That was a nice end of the day.

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