Yesterday I went on a half marathon long hike through the hills of Germany.
I was hiking on the red trail that winds around the hills of Jena, Germany. In the picture above you can see that I am 2.5 km from Lobeda West where I started and 18.5 km from Lobdeburg which was my destination. This equals up to 21 km. A half marathon is 21.1 km, but with little detours on the trail I more than surpassed this distance.
I walked through many different types of woods, including sections like this with beautiful tall trees. Even walking through a relatively flat section like this was sometimes treacherous because of roots across the path.
Of course, since it is fall the woods had a lot of beautiful color. Sections of trail like this really slowed me down as I just had to stop and take pictures.
The 13+ mile hike took a little more than 5 hours to complete because of the rugged terrain and taking time to stop and take 100’s of pictures.
Over the last 15 years I have made a complete circuit around Jena on the red trail. The total trail length is 100 km. Each year they have a special event where people attempt to complete the entire trail in 24 hours.
I have written two other blog posts about my adventures on the red trail. One section of the trail was completed after a heavy snow storm. See: Wandering in the Snow
Last year the section I completed was chronicled in A Long Walk in the German Countryside.
At the end of the trail at Lobdeburg I was greeted with a beautiful sunset.
I then walked a bit further down the trail to the Lobdeburgklause for a nice dinner to celebrate the completion of a long journey.
Of course, my hike was not yet over. I then had to walk almost another mile to the nearest Straßenbahn station.
Overall I took more than 33,000 steps yesterday.
My legs are a bit sore today 🙂