Volksmarch column, Aug. 25
There are two walks this weekend that are convenient for readers in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. Located west of Landstuhl, Germany, Lambsborn has trails of six, 10 and 20 kilometers starting at 7 a.m. It has a shuttle service from its designated parking area to the start hall. The other walk is north of Kaiserslautern at Schiersfeld. Trails there also open at 7 a.m. both days.
• If you attend the walk in Philippstein, make sure you stop and see the beautiful castle in the nearby town of Braunfels. In the past, the route has taken us past the castle, but routes change from year to year, so it might not go past it this time. You can start walking both days at 6 a.m.
• The town of Pregarten, Austria, is hosting a walk and swim event this weekend. The flier adds that the swim event will only be held if the weather is nice. Of course, you can walk regardless of the weather.
• If you go to the walk in Tres, Italy, it would be better to park close to the end at the Campo Sportivo and walk uphill to the start point at the church. That way you will not be facing an uphill hike to your car after the walk.
• We had to shorten the name of San Sebastiano di Cologna Veneta to just San Sebastiano to save space in the walk chart, which you can find online attached to the column. The prize for completing this walk is a bag of the “famous” Colognese potatoes.
• Also in Italy, the walk in Soave Friday evening is only a three-kilometer route that is repeatable. That means you need to do at least two laps to go the minimal distance to get IVV credit. However, this is an illuminated evening walk that goes past a castle, so two laps should be no problem.
• This Monday’s walk in St. Odiliënberg, Netherlands, is the last event in their 13-week summer series. Start time is between 4:30 and 7 p.m.
• There is a great bus trip planned by the Heidelberg International Wandering Club over Columbus Day weekend. It will include walks in Kiel, Germany, and Fredericia, Denmark. Sign up with Don Casper before Sept. 25. You can e-mail Don at Don.Casper1@t-online.de.
• Speaking of the Heidelberg International Wandering Club, there is still plenty of time to sign up to help at its volksmarch Sept. 25 and 26. There is no such thing as too much help when you hold a walk of this size. Why not plan to walk on one day and volunteer to work on the other? Sometimes clubs will have a “worker’s walk” on a separate day from the event so that people can work both days to support the walk and still get their IVV credit and mug.
• While you’re in the volunteer mode, contact the Ramstein Roadrunners and tell them you’ll help with their Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Email them at email@example.com. Your few hours of participation in a walk pales in comparison to the hundreds of hours required to make the walk happen. So be sure to pitch in with some elbow grease and share the load.
Email volksmarch information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09752.