Yearly Archives: 2023

silva nigra

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This post is about a 19km walk from Waldhausen to Friedenweiler. I suddenly find myself in the High Black Forest. I woke up next to an old mill. It had a silo that looked a bit like a guard tower. It had been a very good night, cool and refreshing in my tent under a […]


the source

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This post is about a 17km walk from Riedsee to Waldhausen. The Caboose and I reach Donaueschingen, the official source of the Danube. I woke up alone on a campground at Riedsee. Lea and Emmi had gone home the evening before, and so I was alone again. Alone with the Caboose and a deflated unicorn […]


1-7-0-0-0

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This post is about a 17km walk from Hintschingen to Riedsee. I cross the 17000km mark on The Longest Way, and a unicorn performs a dance. We woke up under the bridge near Hintschingen. It was hazy. I didn’t want to put on the unicorn costume anymore, but Lea wasn’t having any of it. “It’s […]


Lemmi

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This post is about a 19km walk from Tuttlingen to Hintschingen. Lea Geibel and her adorable dog Emmi are walking with me for a bit. I woke up in a free camp site right in the center of Tuttlingen. Lea and her dog Emmi were in a tent next to me, and before I knew […]


the secret door

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This post is about a 29km walk from Beuron to Tuttlingen. I find a secret door in the forest and arrive late to an appointment. I got up, folded the plastic sheet and placed it next to the house, did my exercises, had breakfast, all while waiting for my stuff to dry. Then I got […]


beggar’s kitchen

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This post is about a 28km walk from Inzigkofen to Beuron. I enter the Upper Danube Nature Park and get ignored at a monastery. Four days of rain. I spent them in a guesthouse in the village, and it wasn’t so bad. The room was cheap, and there was a supermarket nearby where I was […]


wet dream of the tradfash

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This post is about a 17km walk from Heudorf to Inzigkofen. I walk past a refugee camp and a neo-gothic castle, and it rains. The night had been a bit difficult. Two separate thunderstorms had passed by, one to the east of the hut and the other one to the west, and both had brought […]


Roy

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This post is about an 8km walk from Hundersingen to Heudorf. I start the day by playing Mario Kart, and then I camp next to a forest cabin. After breakfast the kids and I sat down and played Mario Kart. I was worried about their skills, so I picked Roy as my driver because he […]


Pyrene

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This post is about a 14km walk from Riedlingen to Hundersingen. I bathe in the Danube, see a Celtic dig, and get saved from a thunderstorm. What a morning! I crawled out of my tent, brushed my teeth, took my underwear off, and hopped in the Danube. morning swim The river was cold and clear, […]


brutalist beauty

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This post is about a 20km walk from Untermarchtal to Riedlingen. I visit one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen. I was woken up by church bells. It was six in the morning, and the bells were very close and extremely loud. a night at the church The night before I had arrived […]


morning coffee

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This post is about a 24km walk from Öpfingen to Untermarchtal. I have breakfast with Vivien and Luisa, then I lose the Danube. I had slept well under the apple tree. There weren’t that many apples, which was good because many apples usually meant many wasps. And Germany was full of fucking wasps. Vivien and […]


crossing paths with myself

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This post is about a 26km walk from Ulm to Öpfingen. I stand on a bridge that I have crossed before, and I sleep under an apple tree. I rested in Ulm for two days. Then I walked down to the Danube. the bridge There was a bridge over the river, which I had crossed […]


the tallest in the world

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This post is about a 23km walk from Silheim to Ulm. I reach the Danube and the world’s tallest church, and I cross paths with myself. My hosts had to leave for work at seven in the morning, so I got up early and left with them. There was a veil of fog that slipped […]


where are they?

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This post is about a 19km walk from Kammeltal to Silheim. I look for Yenish people in Ichenhausen but only manage to find a former synagogue. I had spent the night on a campground in Kammeltal. It was actually a sort of trailer park for camper vans, but they let me stay anyway. When I […]


journeymen

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This post is about a 16km walk from Zusmarshausen to Kammeltal. I see the ruins of the Kuno Messerschmitt assembly site. After resting for a day in the guesthouse in Zusmarshausen, after doing my laundry and watching a few episodes of Party Down, I got up and walked into the forest. more planes from the […]


butcher birds

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This post is about a 27km walk from Augsburg to Zusmarshausen. I leave the Climate Camp and run into another environmentalist. I had ended up spending the night at the Climate Camp. My new friends Passion Fruit and Mandala had given me a little booth to sleep in, and I had parked the Caboose right […]


the kids are alright

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This post is about a 19km walk from Lake Mandicho to Augsburg. I see a very rich family’s house, and I meet some climate activists. I woke up in my bivouac sack. The grass around me was wet, the lake was quiet, and my friend Bower and his son Eric were still asleep under their […]


butt naked

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This post is about an 11km walk from Merching to Lake Mandicho. I arrive at a lake called Auensee and decide to do a very German thing. I had spent the night at another friend’s house: Ralph. More than twenty years earlier, we had worked together in a youth hostel in Frankfurt as part of […]


wise or blind

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This post is about a 22km walk from Unterumbach to Merching. I feel listless until I notice an outdoor art exhibition. When I left Unterumbach I felt groggy and weak. It had been raining almost the whole time while I was at my friend Bower’s place, so staying in and frying our brains with computer […]


ghost pepper

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This post is about a week of playing Dota 2 at Bower’s place. There are tears of pain (me) and tears of laughter (Bower). I ended up spending a week at Bower’s place. Seven days of cats, kids, movies, video games, computer games, walks in the forest, barbecues, and trips to the grocery store. Every […]