The Long-Standing Online Campaign, beginning in Germany, travelling through Italy and Greece to the Sea of Azov.
Monday, September 24, 2012
October 22, 1650, Wednesday evening
Weather: with pleasant temperatures and overcast conditions, with a calm wind
The weather has been unseasonably warm these last four days, from the three days you stayed in Eichstatt to the road to the one day travel to Ingolstadt. The weather in the morning has been brisk, but pleasant in the afternoons and early evening, so that wearing a jacket is too hot.
There's little on the road as you rise and fall through hills on your way into the Danube valley. You climb steadily, then descend a few hundred feet into the wide vale of Ingolstadt. The Danube is like grey slate, the aspens stark white with few yellow leaves left. There are great piles of leaves, light and sweeping with the wind (when there is any, as there was earlier today, but not as you near the town) across the road, rolling from the right to the left. Even though the day is spectacular for hunting (Janos puts up a flock of Hungarian partridges, more than 75 of them, which were hidden in grass along the side of the road), there's still that threatening clouded sky suggesting it won't last.
I trust the party got the Ingolstadt market. It is open ... Ingolstadt is one of the last transshipment points for grain and harvested goods out of Germany before the winter comes.
Unfortunately you learn that there are no barges meant to depart down the Danube. The last left October 15, a week ago.