Day 5 was the first thoroughly wet and rotten day of walking, lit up only by arriving at my first CS host in Halle and finding the perfect embellishment for my pack on the way.
What do you think?
A fellow OpenStreetMapper I had contacted about the route from Halle wrote me back yesterday just in time and offered to talk me through the route over a 'Bierchen' (of course, he happened to live close by and is probably the only person who actually knows the trails around here).
He confirmed what I had heard before, that E11 (in fact, most E-paths) are very badly or not at all signposted. What I did not know is that even local tourism departments do not know their trails, map publishers keep copying each other's errors, oh, and did I mention that E11 is actually impassable around Eisleben? This should be interesting.
But back to Halle. I am thoroughly in love with this city. If you want to be moved by buildings, Halle is the place to be.
(Did I mention that his neighbour is Benjamin Löffler, an amazing ropedancer? Go hire him. He's class.)