Looking back on May: Leaving the Benelux behind, hello Germany

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At the end of the month I like to look back on what I’ve done and where I’ve been. On how I felt and what was on my mind. It turned out that my Instagram feed actually gives a pretty good impression. So, I decided to put them together in a blog post. Here’s me, looking back on May 2017.


Long long trees 🌲 🌲 🌲
Eisleck #setgame

It’s not as easy as it seems, following a trail… I can’t help but thinking “SET” e-ve-ry time I see a signpost, I would love to play that game right now 🙂


Just arrived at the second terminal: Diekirch, this is the end of the GR57 Vallée de l’Ourthe et Sentier du Nord. From here I have to puzzle my way towards Germany. Probably following the GR5 and a section of the Mullerthaltrail, but first find myself a good coffee!

Mullerthal, this is so so beautiful!


Jeeej, the blue sky is back 🙌

Sun sun sun! Another long day along the river Saar. Although it can be meditating to walk a long boring biking path, thinking about nothing, just walk and walk, I prefer to listen some music. And guess which song is on “Five Years Time” (Noah and the Whale) sun sun sun ☀

Saarland, Saarweinwanderweg

Back on the Pilgrim’s route. Near Saarbrücken I left the river behind and switched to the Jakobsweg in Saarland. Views make me happy, after a few very long flat hiking days along the river, views make me super super super happy!

1000 kilometer


Yesterday I hit the 1000km. Although it’s not my goal to hike as many kilometres as possible, I still feel a bit proud. Also, I’m happy to say that I haven’t had any blisters or other foot issues. My feet are getting stronger every day. Wearing Vibram FiveFingers means you need to be patience. The first 3 weeks (!) they felt tired at the end of the day, I had to take a break every 5km and I was totally satisfied when I walked 20km per day. Now they know what they can expect and give me feedback when I’m too enthusiastic, but they’re not complaining unless I walk on asphalt… Let’s see how they are after the next 1000km 😉


Morning ritual that spans over the whole day… I’ve always got an excuse to take it slowly.

Wild life on the road! #theveryhungrycaterpillar
Smiling a big big smile 🙂
Chateau Hohenbourg

A little bit of France. View from castle Hohenbourg, no idea how to say it in French, since the French don’t pronounce the H…

Pfälzerwald, sweating my way through the forest 😁
Slowly slumbering, I’m in a daze. A good one.
Dropzone Schweighofen #adventurethisway

In the air, oehhww the forest from above. Got my myself a 20minute flight above the Süd Pfalz and no, I didn’t jump or dive, I just quietly looked out of the window, couldn’t stop smiling though. So so beautiful, what a great gift, many many thanks!

Family weekend
The beauty of leaving (losing) the trail, no path – just nature 🙂
Süd West Pfalz

Still in the Pfalz, or actually I’m báck in the Pfalz. Last week I paid a short visit to Amsterdam, because two friends of mine got married. With my brother and sister I drove back to Germany, to the Hunsrücker Wald. From there I wanted to hitch hike back to where I left my trail, but I didn’t feel like driving or riding anymore. I decided to hike… So, now I’m a bit further north in the Pfalz, continuing my journey. On foot.

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