D-40, May 31, Eisenach toWünschensuhl

On Day-30, May 30 (Memorial Day), I spent 6 hrs on regional trains (4 different ones) traveling from Görlitz to Eisenach. (Look at pic with section on train for bikes.) Arrived just in time to get a bed, as the last two nuns were leaving. It all worked out well staying at the Diakonnesian House (5€ for bed and 5€ for breakfast).

After a hearty breakfast, they had a prayer service where they asked me to describe me and my pilgrimage. At the conclusion, the sister in charge presented me with a memento–it was very touching!

Began my walk at 9 AM, first along a country road, then a rough trail into thick forest–mostly a gentle climb all the way. My biggest challenge (in all my 40 days) came when the trail ended at a locked gate to backyard of a house at a point where the nettles were waist high. My only out was to climb up a 20-ft embankment up to a road, but the slope was steep with loose humus and wet leaves and nothing to grab hold of.

For 30 min. I feared falling back down into the nettles–but I finally made it. All was easy after that, even walking through wet vegetation.

Great pilgrims’ hostel and well stocked–no stores or eateries in this small village. Will meet the owner at around 6 PM. Goal is Vacha tomorrow–the official end of the German Ökumenischen Weg.


  1. Joyce Summers — 05-31-2016 at 4:39 pm

    I didn’t understand why you were taking the train so far, but then I looked to see where you stopped last year on your 2015 Via Regia walk and it was Eisenach! So you were fast-forwarding through the eastern part of Germany which you already walked through to continue your trek from there.

    A lovely story in Eisenach about your giving a talk about your pilgrimage at the prayer service and the sister giving you a little gift in remembrance. You will never forget them.

    It sounds like it was an adventurous day on some challenging trails that came to a dead end. Glad it all worked out despite wet grass and nettles and a steep embankment, and now you are settled in at a comfortable pilgrim’s hostel. Good night. Hope your journey to Vacha tomorrow is a pleasant one.

  2. Gerhard Treiber — 06-01-2016 at 5:29 am

    Hallo Kurt,

    willkommen in Deutschland und weiterhin einen guten Weg!


    • kurt — 06-01-2016 at 6:51 am

      Ich danke. Alles schön in Deutschland. Ich fühle mich wie zu Hause–zumindest kenne ich mich mit der Sprache ein bisschen aus! Viel, viel besser als in Polen.

  3. Joanne Lopez-Rojas — 06-05-2016 at 11:32 pm

    LOVE these scenic photos.. Recently read something that truly pertains to you my friend…Some men march to the beat of a different drummer, and some dance the polka.. May I just say..That “YOU” always dance the polka.