National Geographic : 1955 Jul
I was allowed to spend the night. I followed the old farmer's wife into the barn where she pointed to a pile of hay in a corner and bade me goodnight. Two other hostelers were already asleep. As I filled my diary, I became conscious of a strange shape moving on the wall. One look told me it was only a long legged spider walking across my flashlight lens. The barn was teeming with spiders, grasshoppers, and flying bugs, but I slept very well indeed (page 136). Syb, Biff, and Peter started out early the next day, the girls for Garmisch and Peter promising to meet me in Lindau, where the Scouts were waiting. Missed Boat Forces a Long Ride I took a train to Konstanz on the Boden See, where I had only five minutes to catch a steamer to Lindau. The station was crowded. My steamer was barely 50 yards away, but the tracks lay in my path, and just as I reached them the barrier lowered for an on coming train. I pleaded with the guard, but he only shrugged his shoulders. The barrier finally lifted just as the vessel left the dock. There was nothing for me to do but take a boat to Friedrichshafen and pedal 14 miles to Lindau in the chilly night air. But the reunion with my Girl Scout friends and Peter made it worth while. The next morning we said a sad farewell to Peter, since he had no passport to cross the border. After a final Auf Wiedersehen we set out for the Austrian border on our way to Switzerland. I immediately resumed my old role of bicycle fixer-upper. This gear was jumping, that chain was slipping, the other wheel was wobbling. It was like old times. 139 + Climbers Hike Toward Jungfrau's Forbidding Face One of Switzerland's most famous peaks, a rugged wall of stone and snow, looms above a green-floored valley. Near Wengen this path leads to the Eiger Glacier, a huge river of ice and snow at the base of the mountain. There the author and his companions pelted cne another with snow balls on a hot July day (page 143). - Souvenir emblems studding a hosteler's cap catalogue his travels.