From Fulda we took a quick train north to Bad Sooden-Allendorf, and arrived in town around 8:30pm on the 28th. We managed to get up to Hilgershausen, where my aunt Sibylle has a house. We stayed for a few nights and had some nice days seeing the neighboring towns, and then on Aug. 2nd rode the long way around back, through a National Forest and then along the Werra River north, and the Fulda River south to Kassel.
When Ramona says, "We managed to get up to Hilgershausen," she leaves out that the hill out of town was one of the steepest and busiest roads we've climbed. The fading day light was almost completely filtered out by the dense beach wood forest on either side of the road. The grade was easily +13% and brain dead moron teenage boys in cars were flying up and down on the road like maniacs. At one point about 1/3 of the way up, I nearly recommended that we turn around and head back into to town for a hotel. We toughed it out and were rewarded by a wide open field at the top of the hill and nice sunset. The remaining 3 km were *all* down hill.
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