Volksmarch column, Aug. 18
It’s not too much longer until the school year starts and just about everybody’s schedule will get busier. You need to plan walks in advance so you can be ready for them. Get them on the calendar now so they will be a priority.
Here are a few walks we think you will enjoy. All are in Germany, unless otherwise noted.
Aug. 27-28: Creglingen;
Aug. 28: Echternacht, Luxembourg;
Sept. 11: Wittlich;
Sept. 17-18: Bruchmühlbach/Miesau;
Sept. 17-18: Kützberg, torch walk;
Sept. 18: Wiltz, Luxembourg;
Sept. 24-25: Heidelberg;
Sept. 25: Vianden, Luxembourg;
Oct. 1-2: Kufstein, Austria;
Oct. 2: Longvilly, Belgium;
Oct. 15-16: Grafenwöhr;
Oct. 16: Wiesbaden.
If you know of a favorite walk we’ve missed, send us an email with the details and we’ll add it to our next list.
This weekend, there are several nice volksmarches to choose from. We have heard that the event in Crailsheim, Germany, is a very good walk. The routes vary from five to 42 kilometers, and the doors open at 5:30 a.m. for you early birds. There is a new start hall this year. It will be at the Hirtenwiesenhalle at Bürgermeister-Demuth-Allee 2.
As a bonus, Crailsheim is only 30 minutes from Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of Germany’s most popular tourist attractions. If you’ve been to Rothenburg and want to visit another old, walled city, Dinkelsbühl is also in the vicinity and well worth the visit.
Closer to Kaiserslautern, the event in Clausen is south of Landstuhl. Trails open at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Gräfensteinhalle.
Sunday’s walk in Mainz-Gonsenheim will start at 8 a.m. at the Karl-Geib-Haus at Kapellenstrasse 44. It offers B-medals for completing the five or 10 kilometer routes.
Consdorf, Luxembourg, is always a nice place to wander through the woods. This walk is in the “Little Switzerland” region of Luxembourg, so expect hills.
Good luck to the Stuttgart German-American Wandering Club as they take a busload of walkers to the event in Jettingen, France, Saturday!
We’ve been receiving fliers for the huge Heidelberg International Walking Club volksmarch Sept. 24-25. Again this year, it will offer a beautiful, heavy glass beer mug. The main design is a panoramic view of Heidelberg castle and the old bridge.
On the bottom of the mug are German and American flags and some German crests.
Just like the Stuttgart walk a few weeks ago, the Heidelberg event will need lots of volunteer workers. Now is the time to commit yourselves to making this walk a success. For more information visit the HIWC Web page at www.HIWC.de.
Lots of thanks to the usual bunch of avid trekkers who sent in flyers for this week’s column: William Castro and Maureen McHugh-Castro, Michael and Michelle Connor, Cath and Rob Floyd, Bob Gambert, Richard and Donna Glenn, John and Evelyn Golembe, Wayne Henry, Tim and Luchi Lynch, “Pat” and Cheryl Patterson, Richie and Young Sook Reeder, Rick and Wanda Sciascia and Nancy Shawley.
Finally, a reminder, anyone can send us volksmarching brochures. We always need them and would rather have a few duplicates than none at all!
E-mail volksmarch information to email@example.com. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09752.