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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

About a mile or two down the road past the train station is the biggest cuckoo clock in the world.  They also have a big store of clocks made in the Black Forest and we figured this would be a great place to find one.  After breakfast at our hotel we walked the whole way and found the big clock.  It took up the entire side of the store up to the roof.  Yesterday and earlier today we checked out a few other stores as research and we decided that we really didn't like any of the clocks here.  They weren't that great, and were rediculously expensive.  Disappointed, we left, and as we did a tour bus pulled up and a million old people climbed out, which is probably how they get away with charging so much.  We were planning on doing a big hike in the afternoon so we decided to take a bus back to town.  After about a half hour a bus came that we thought was heading into Triburg and blew by us without slowing down.  About fifteen minutes later the next bus that was supposed to come didn't show up so we started walking away back up the hill towards town.  Then luckily the bus flew around the corner and we ran back in time before it could leave without us.  As the bus went around the shop we saw on the other side of the building was an even bigger cuckoo clock which was actually the worlds biggest one and in the Guiness Book of records.  We went by too fast to take a picture, but I guess technically we saw it.  Oh well.  It was still better than walking into town.Just a few hundred feet up the road from our hotel was a place called the House of 1000 Clocks.  It had a big clock out front where colorful bears would dance and climb up ropes.  Our search for a clock finally ended here.  After looking at all 1000 clocks we finally found one and had it shipped home.  It's pretty awesome.I don't know what came over us, but we decided to take a long hike.  We had picked up a hiking map at the tourist center the day before and thought hey, even though we went swimming yesterday, climbed a mountain the day before, and biked 30 kilometers a few days before that, lets go on a 16 kilometer/5 hour hike.  We went prepared though.  We found a deli to make us sandwiches of some sort of weird German coldcuts, a fruit cart gave us a couple apples for free (they must have thought I was cute), and we packed four bottles of water and went on our way.  It was a great hike though.  I think we expected to get lost in the forest, but it was mostly open trails along the hills.  We passed though many little villages and through a lot of fields of wildflowers and small forests.  Near the top of one of the hills we came out of the forest and in front of us were two big stone pillars with a wooden plank along the top.  There was a sign next to it, and these were the gallows from hundreds of years ago.  It looked like someone had recently built a campfire right underneath it.  We had read about it earlier, and it was described as a "wonderfully beautiful place to be hanged."  Weird.  It was cool that we just happened up it though.We only really stopped a couple times and before we knew it we had turned the corner back towards Triburg.  We stopped at a bench outside a small village (maybe 5 houses, but very nice houses) and had our lunch.  Along the way we had found walking sticks to help us keep going up the hills, and then about 5 hours after we started, we ended up back in town.For dinner we found a place that had white asparagus.  I had never heard of it before, but I guess it's pretty good and we happened to be there right during white asparagus season.  It was a lot thicker and less asparagusy (more sweet, less bitter.)We were exhausted.  I expect our legs will be sore tomorrow.  It was quite a day, but one of our last ones in Germany.  Actually we only have about 2 weeks to go...sigh...
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