As I’m writing this I’m sitting in the train toward Munich nursing a medium sized hangover due to sleep deprivation and enthusiast cocktail consumption yesterday… Oh well, it’s not as if I need to do anything useful today except for watching the landscapes through the train window. I quite enjoy traveling by train.
The Dreamway then. The Dreamway is a German invention and is little known outside it’s country of origin. It is not, as the name suggests, some kind of dope psychedelic drug or a meditation technique used only by enlightened guru’s and CEO’s. The Dreamway is a trail starting in Munich and finishing in Venice. It is about 550 kilometers long and takes about 30 days to complete, according to the somewhat optimistic guidebook. It crosses some of the finest regions in the Alps: The Karwendel range, Tuxertaler Alpen, Zillertaler Alpen and the Dolomites. To safe money I will be camping along the trail. Though strictly speaking illegal, no-one will check the trail at sunset to prevent some miserly Dutch scumbag from wildcamping. At least, that’s what I’m counting on.
I won’t be hiking alone. A Canadian friend of mine, (his name is Anthony) whom I met two years ago when hiking the GR11 in Spain will be joining me tomorrow. Seeing him again is going to be a lot of fun! Together we’ll start from the Mariënplatze on Friday the 13th to complete the gruelling first stages of the hike. To get to the Alps we first have to follow the Isar river all the way up to where a famous German head of state once had his holiday home. This will take about 2-3 days of hard hiking, so it’s going to be a rough awakening. No doubt you can read all about my self induced suffering in my next post but for now I’m still enjoying my blister-free self.