The Almost-Luther Day

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We have dubbed today the Almost-Luther Day, because at 39km we fell a trifle short of the 42km average he is supposed to have walked on his southward journey. (Much of the day was spent along the Rennsteig, a very old road from Ilmenau southwards. Many times we walked through the rut–sometimes more than 8ft deep–carved by hundreds of years of horses, mules, oxes and carts. All in all a very historical day.)

All the same it took us 13.5 hours and we’re in our Zimmervermietung in a state nearly beside ourselves with exhaustion. We also got a taste of Luther’s winter cold, despite it being August. And we also realized that walking in November and December, Luther must have spent quite a lot of time walking in the dark. More on this and our other day’s adventures tomorrow when we are more coherent.

2 thoughts on “The Almost-Luther Day

  1. Congratulations on your big day! I’m interested in hearing more of your thoughts about Luther walking at night, and what kind of LED flashlight he would recommend for the trek. But get rest and get warm, first.

    This reminds me of something that has often bugged me about Jesus movies, or many other movies for that example. They show people walking leisurely along a road, talking together. But I’ll bet they really moved when they were walking, and that it would have taken extra effort to talk and walk at the same time. Not that they wouldn’t have done it, of course. (I understand that it would be harder to make a movie that showed people talking while walking fast. But it bugs me, anyway.)

    Speaking of walking speeds in the cold, I met my wife when we were at Concordia College, St. Paul. She lived in an apartment/dorm slightly off campus. It’s a cold walk from Lexington Avenue to the classroom buildings, especially in winter in Minnesota, where I-94 channels the wind. All the girls in her building had reputations as fast walkers. I could hardly keep up with her in those days. We’ve both slowed down since then. It has been a few decades.

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