Summer Solstice in Southern Germany

On June 21 my husband, Janos, and I were on tour, traveling the Romantic Road. Bad Mergentheim was on our route and was memorable in many ways. For one it was a very windy day. But then we had many windy days. I will remember the Summer Solstice in Bad Mergentheim for other reasons.

My husband passed through here in 1997 when he walked the Camino de Santiago, starting in his home town Kassel, Germany. He remembers stopping at this gate and making a sketch before he continued on his path with his heavy backpack. At that time he had no idea that he would return someday by bike with his wife. We hadn’t met yet.

Bad Mergentheim is also memorable because I crashed here with my bike. It all went so fast it’s hard to know what really happened, or why. I was on an easy, paved downhill, no traffic, and I think an insect flew into my face near my mouth. I must have jerked my head and while breaking, turned the handlebars. The bike fell over and I flew. I got quite a scare and a very bloody knee. We were just leaving town, so we cycled back looking for a pharmacy. What luck, within not even 500 meters there was a doctor’s practice and a pharmacy side by side. I went in to the doctor’s – in my daze I thought it was the pharmacy. I showed them my skinned knee and asked if they could help. I got my knee dressed professionally and in the pharmacy next door could purchase material to dress the wound in the following days. I was okay, but shaken by the thought that something like that can happen so unexpectedly. And I was lucky: no fractures, no concussion, all teeth intact.

That was my story for Summer Solstice.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

7 response to "Summer Solstice in Southern Germany"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 24, 2018

    Yikes! Glad you came out as well as you did! It does happen quickly, if we knew it was coming we could possibly avoid it.
    Were you able to continue your tour?

    • By: Suzanne Posted: June 25, 2018

      Hi, Rich, yes we could continue. I guess I’m tougher than I thought. We had two more days of riding (hope to get a journal up soon) and my knee is healing well.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 25, 2018

    My goodness, Suzanne! I hope you’re recovering fully and quickly with no hidden damage to you or your camera!

    • By: Suzanne Posted: June 25, 2018

      No hidden injuries, I was lucky. I have a nice bruise on my cheekbone, not hidden at all. Camera survived unscathed. Good old Ortlieb handlebar bar.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: June 25, 2018

    Oh, dear! I’m glad you are okay and your accident didn’t end your tour! Maybe it was the shift in the planet axis as it started to tilt the northern hemisphere away from the sun again that caused your imbalance 🙂

    • By: Suzanne Posted: June 29, 2018

      I like your explanation! Yes, it was that shift away from sun and longer days for sure.

  4. By: Seasidejanet Posted: June 30, 2018

    So good to hear you are ok. I know how scary it is to fall these days. We don’t bounce back as quickly as before. In the mid 80’s my Ex was was working for FMC in Muchengladbach and my sons and I spent nearly three months in Germany, during the summer, traveling the trains while he worked. He had been stationed there in the army and loved the Romantic Highway so one weekend we took a trip to Baden Baden… beautiful!

    Hope you’re better soon. Safe travels.

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