Click here for this week’s European Volksmarch schedule.
This is Easter weekend, and there are a lot of walks to choose from. Starting Thursday, there is a walk offered every day for the next seven days, so get out there and find a Volksmarch.
While planning a walk for this week, you might as well get out the calendar, PDA or whatever organizing gadget you use and note these dates:
• April 28 and 29: Hohenfels, Germany. German-American Volksfest in conjunction with the walks.
• May 6 and 7: Ramstein, Germany. This promises to be a great walk again this year, so let’s all plan to support this hard-working club.
• May 18: Dankmarshausen, Germany. Complete four IVV events in one day, three walks and a swim.
• May 19 and 20: Röthenbach, Germany. Hosted by the German-American Wandering-Club Nürnberg.
• June 2 and 3: Diekirch, Luxembourg. Always an excellent walk and a chance to visit their great military museum.
• June 10: Vianden, Luxembourg. A beautiful castle and walk through the countryside.
• June 16 and 17: Bad Kreuznach, Germany. Lorraine was here for a conference and wants to go back to visit the spas.
• June 23 and 24: Malberg/Eifel, Germany. Hosted by Spangdahlem Eifel Wanders.
• June 28 through July 1: Castlebar, Ireland. One of our favorite walks.
• Oct. 27 and 28: Get your lost daylight- saving time hour back.
If we have missed a walk that you know about, fire us an e-mail with the details or snail-mail us a flier so we can pass the word.
“Dzi kuj” to the following people, for without the fliers they submit, you would not have as many choices for walks. This week’s contributors are: William Castro and Maureen McHugh-Castro; Bob Gambert; Michael Gdowski; Lew Harrison; Wayne Henry; Jan and John Jensen; Ramona and Horst Kechelen; David Kuik; Tim and Luchi Lynch; John and Patty Marsh; Pat Patterson; Mary Jo Piccin; the Reynozo family; Dawn St. John; Nancy Shawley; Jose Valdez; and Ed Whitworth. Special thanks to new contributor Egon Hatfield.
Miscellaneous short notes about this week’s events:
• Saturday’s marathon in Rudolfshaus is the second event in this year’s Naheland Cup series. In addition to the marathon, organizers are offering shorter routes with B-medal nutcrackers as prizes while quantities last.
• Gellik, Belgium, is the site of two walks in the next week. Thursday, the Wandelclub De Gelliker Galliaren has three routes that you can start between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Next Wednesday, the WSV De Sparrentrippers also will have three trails to start between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The start for both days is at OC ’t Kloester. Gellik is just over the Dutch border, practically in the Maastricht, Netherlands, suburbs. These walks are very convenient for those in the Brunssum/Geilenkirchen area.
• On Saturday, the walks in Bellaire and Petit-Rechain, Belgium, are only about 12 miles apart. With the Petit-Rechain walk having an afternoon start, it would be easy to do both walks.
• On Wednesday, April 11, you have the chance to do a walk and/or bike event at Hohenöllen, Germany. This is a close walk for folks in or near the Kaiserslautern military community. If you can get off work early enough, try for one or both events. You can start the 5- and 10-kilometer walks and the 30-kilometer bike ride until 6 p.m. The cutoff for the 20-kilometer route is 4 p.m. The finish time for all events is 9 p.m. Shower facilities are available in the Radsporthalle, and limited quantities of B-medals will be sold for 3.60 euros.
• Hosted by the Wanderfreunde Alte Veste Zirndorf, folks who always greet Americans with open arms, the popular German-American Friendship Walking Day will be held this time in the nearby town of Langenzenn. The prize is a butterfly decoration for a garden or potted plant.
• The start for the Schiffweiler walk is at the Am Gegenortschacht Bauerhaus on the B41 between the towns of Neunkirchen and Ottweiler.
Clark Soeldner’s Italian walking notes:
• Thursday is the last day to register for the Jesolo, Italy, walk on June 16 at a reduced rate. After today, it will cost an extra 10 euros. For more information, visit: www.nightmarathon.it.
• The event in Mason Vicentino is the 11th Walk of the Cherry Blossoms. The route goes through the cherry orchards, and the prize is a jar of cherries.
• The Rizzi-Parco del Cormor start is about a kilometer north of the Udine Mall/Fiera.
Please e-mail Volksmarch schedule information to email@example.com. Mail brochures (in date order if possible) to: Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09703-0278.