We said goodbye to our visitors as they were leaving to go to a festival 100 km further. After breakfast Oli, Stef and Anton started their mission to reach Yuri as fast as they could. The more we go to the East of Germany, the smaller the villages are becoming and after leaving the hilly etappes of the last days, the roads feel flatter again - for a while. We passed through the cities of Eisach, Weimar and Jena - the last one was surrounded by hills and really beautiful to cycle through. We resisted temptation and cycled on towards our friend in Gera, with an average distance of 80 km per day. After 10 days in Germany we stopped using GPS and maps because we could navigate perfectly using the 'fahrradweg'-signs to the east. These cycling paths lead through some beautiful scenery, valleys and small villages, which made our intense 3 days bearable.
In the meantime we kept contact with Yuri of course. The first day he went out on his own into the woods with his tent which we found very brave. After that he hung around in the city of Gera, and using Couchsurfing we found out that he had some good places to sleep until we would arrive there. At 13:00 we arrived there on a Saturday, we instantly went to a park by the river to change stories and hang out in this sun.
We met some friendly locals, played some beach volley with them and they learnt us about the local drinking game (fuzzy ball?). We decided not to set up the tent again, only to find ourselves soaking wet in the middle of the night as it started raining. Luckily, Oli and Yuri had the energy to set up the tent and we all got in as fast as we could.
Salt and clay mine on the way to Eisenach
A view on the road and a friendly woman who insisted on a picture with us.