We had not actually planned the entire route from the start, but decided more or less half way through the hike to go all the way to the castle ruins of Hohengeroldseck, a place I visited for the first (and last) time in September 2016. You read about it and compare the pictures with the new ones here.
By car, the route from O.K.'s village to the castle is around 15 km one way. But as we walked all the way, and took one or two detours in the woods, we surpassed 30 km easily, and I loved each and every kilometer! Maybe not so much the uphill bits, admittedly, but it was simply great to be able to walk all day, and encounter few other humans along the way. Instead, we saw a deer on the path, and of course there were always plenty of birds around.
Arriving back home, of course we were both tired, but in a good way. Neither of us could be bothered to cook, so we ordered pizza from the small pizza place in the middle of the village, which arrived promptly and was hot and really nice, enjoyed with a bottle of well chilled shandy.
During the hike, we stopped for sandwiches and water at a bench in the woods, with apples for dessert. Our secret hope was that the small restaurant at the bottom of the castle hill would at least be selling cold drinks, kiosk-style through a window, like some other places have been doing during the lockdown. But it was all shut, and so we had to refill our water bottles on the way back at a fountain in the woods.
|Views of Diersburg, the village next to O.K.'s, where our hike started in earnest (meaning we went uphill into the woods).|
|First glimpse of Hohengeroldseck|
|One of my favourite pictures of this lot.|
|Only about 3 more km until home!|
|We were not walking that far apart all the time - I had just taken a photo stop :-)|
|The sunset was just too beautiful to let it go without another picture.|