Volksmarch column, Aug. 23, 2013
August 21, 2013
If you are in the Kaiserslautern Military Community area and looking for a nearby walk, the event in Lambsborn, Germany, is for you. Located west of Landstuhl, Lambsborn will offer trails of six, 10 and 20 kilometers starting at 7 a.m. Last year the walk provided a parking lot shuttle bus to the start hall, but note that there will not be one this year. The walk is for IVV credit only.
On Sunday the Wiesbaden International Wandering Club will be walking in Echternach, Luxembourg, followed by a city tour of Trier, Germany. If you were lucky enough to get a seat on the bus, make sure you are at the bowling alley in time for a 6:30 a.m. departure. If not, drive to Echternach and wait for the club at the start hall. We are sure you will enjoy this walk through the “Little Switzerland” region of Luxembourg. There will be plenty of hills, but the five-kilometer trail is stroller-friendly.
For a walk in the tri-border area Sunday, try the event at Kerkrade, Netherlands. The start is at the Rolduc Abbey. Kerkrade is very close to the Dutch/German border. We have walked in this area and saw dragon’s teeth (tank traps) from World War II’s Siegfried Line in the woods. The trails range from seven to 30 kilometers, and the doors to the start hall open at 7 a.m. s much as we would like to join the Wiesbaden club in Echternach, we are committed Sunday afternoon, so an early walk in the local area prior to our afternoon engagement sounds like our most likely plan.
If you attend the walk in Philippstein, Germany, this weekend, be sure to stop and see the beautiful castle in nearby Braunfels. In the past, the route has gone past the castle. You can start walking both days at 6 a.m.
You might consider Sunday’s walk in Mainz also. There will be new six- and 10-kilometer routes this year, starting from the Karl Geib Haus at 8 a.m. Sunday. The street address for your GPS is: Kapellenstrasse 44, 55124 Mainz-Gonsenheim. This event is for IVV credit only.
Last weekend we did two walks in Belgium, followed by a visit to two flea markets. Saturday we walked in Saint Huibrechts. We enjoyed this walk because it took us along a canal where there were two monuments to the British soldiers who fought in the area at the start of Operation Market-Garden in September 1944. This canal was the first obstacle the British XXX Corps had to negotiate at the start of their ground offensive. The follow-on trip to the flea market in Hasselt was pleasant, even though we did not find anything to buy.
Sunday we walked in Kortessum. The trail took us through several orchards where the apples and pears are looking pretty good, in spite of the lack of rain recently. We were able to buy two containers of fresh strawberries outside the start hall when we were finished. The nearby flea market was nice, but again, nothing caught our eye.
If you have any walking stories from this summer, or know of a good upcoming walking event, we’d love to hear from you. After a brief hiatus, the walk fliers have started arriving in mass quantities, so we know you guys are out there pounding the pavement. Let us know what is going on. You can drop us a line at email@example.com.
For us, the family visitors are gone, the big trips are completed and it is time to get back into a walking routine.
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