Global warming is certainly true, but this summer is spared of being used for quantitative demonstration. Today was one of the most comfortable summer days in Germany, with something like 24 degrees and not too much sunlight. Almost a pity that not many people joined, which is a common phenomenon in August, since many people have already left Düsseldorf, haven’t arrived yet, or are simply on vacation.
A few weeks ago, I realised that there were actually quite a few trails remaining in Lennep. This is the beginning of Sauerland, a mountainous area in the south-west of North Rhine-Westphalia, which makes it slightly hillier and wilder than the rest of NRW.
There are always new people joining, but this morning, when I went to the train station, there were only people that I didn’t know. It’s sort of weird that as an organizer I had to ask them if I was in the right place.
The S-Bahn line connecting Solingen and Wuppertal which we took today, is one of those lines which economically speaking make hardly sense. It exists probably because of Remcheid, and nothing else. When we got off at Lennep, we say maybe a few houses, but as soon as we left the city, it was sheer wilderness. Obviously, they didn’t care what it looks like outside the city.
But compared to the hike of two weeks ago, where we were roaming inside the civilization, it was more like an adventure. Occasionally, there was no clear path, and even when there was a path, it was not quite a path to go, but more like there was no other path to go.
We were planning to have a break at a restaurant, but since there was this nice field in the middle of nowhere, we decided to stay there. Apparently no one went to the restaurant in the end. It was also a perfect weather to sit in a field. Why should we be inside.
It is rare to see such an untreated forest around the Ruhr area. On the one hand you might find it ugly, but on the other hand it’s more natural this way. There was one girl who joined for the first time telling me that today’s trail wasn’t particularly beautiful, but I liked it this way.
And we also saw fairly random tourist attractions like this dam on the way. Everyone going Japanese all of a sudden.
It was the first time that we finished in Ronsdorf, but we (or rather Carina) managed to find a nice Italian ice cream parlor there. Even though the group was not large today, the staff were too overwhelmed with the number of people arriving at the same time.
So, from next weekend I’ll be away for three weeks. Have a nice end of summer and see you soon!