Volksmarch, Oct. 27 and beyond
Don’t forget, Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. So set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night and then get up early to enjoy the extra hour of walking!
Tuesday is a holiday in many parts of Europe, so there are several walks you can attend if you have the day off.
• The Schnelle FüßeKoblenz club always has a very nice fall walk. This weekend, it starts in Winningen, near Koblenz. In the past, the trails in this area have been through forests with resplendent fall foliage and beautiful views of the Mosel River. This year, the routes vary from 5 to 50 kilometers. They are also offering a 25-kilometer bike route. For the shorter distances, the prize is a tea mug with matching lid and spoon.
• Reichstett, France, is having a Halloween walk Saturday evening. The 10-kilometer event starts between 3 and 8 p.m. at the Salle des fêtes in Reichstett. Finish the route by 10 p.m.
• Folks in the Kaiserslautern, Landstuhl and Baumholder military communities can enjoy the Kindsbach, Germany, event this weekend beginning in the Mehrzweckhalle by the Bahnhof. The 5- and 10-kilometer trails open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sunday. For the 20-kilometer route, start Saturday between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. until noon. This event has no prize, just IVV credit.
• The walk in Schwaikheim, Germany, this weekend is a Stammtisch walk for the Stuttgart German American Wandering Club. Start the 6-, 12- and 20-kilometer routes between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. You can pick up a B-medal at this event.
• Tuesday, the walk in Bietigheim is another Stammtisch walk for the Stuttgart club, so look for their blue flag and stop by and say “Hi.” The prize for this walk is a B-medal.
• Also Tuesday, the walk in Langenzenn has a prize of a Christmas tablecloth. Doors open at 7 a.m.
• The walk in Baone, Italy, on Tuesday is located on the south side of the Colle Euganei Park. There is mountain terrain, beautiful panoramas, plenty of restoros and very friendly people. With all the hills, they pro-rate the distance credit.
• Sunday’s walk in Castions di Zoppola, Italy, has a unique twist in that the start and finish are in different towns. You’ll want to park at the finish in the town of Pordenone and catch the free shuttle bus to the start in Castions. The bus leaves from via Seminario 1. At noon there is free pasta for all participants.
• Finally, Magnano, Italy, is nestled against the mountains. The flier for the walk notes that the club pro-rates the distance credit due to the hills. For instance, you will receive 27 kilometers credit for the 22-kilometer route due to the 500-meter gain in the first 6 kilometers.
The course is mixed asphalt and forest trails. The theme of the walk is chestnuts, and start card holders will receive a bag of roasted chestnuts at the end.
E-mail volksmarch information to email@example.com. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09752.