Monday, May 12, 1650
A mile or so before reaching Augsburg, at the beginning of dusk, Jan will direct the party off the main road onto a narrow path through the woods. He will send Emmanuel and the donkey on ahead, explaining that he has a friend here who will put you up for the night, thereby avoiding the town fees in Augsburg.
Night comes on quickly. The path continues for about a mile before you're met by a man and two servants, all with lanterns. Jan calls out to the man, who answers back; his name is Neil. They embrace, Jan introduces Delfig and Andrej, and you're all led back to a substantially sized farmhouse. There you find Emmanuel has been relieved of the donkey and waits inside. A large pot of soup simmers on the fire, and you are each given a hot bowl with bread. Jan tells Neil of your journey, and Neil wishes you all the best.