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Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi holiday, so there are several walks to attend. We won’t list all of them, but we will mention that today’s walk in Schwaigern, Germany, is a Stammtisch event for the Stuttgart German-American Wandering Club.

Then this weekend there will be two more opportunities to hook up with the Stuttgart club. The events at Wolfschlugen and Schömberg are also Stammtisch events for them. Look for the club’s blue flag in the start hall and go over and say “Hi!” If you are new to volksmarching, or are looking for some walking buddies, here are the people to get to know.

• If you have never done a volksmarch in Luxembourg, this might be the weekend to head the Hosingen area. The walk starts in the Naturpark Our, southeast of Hosingen. Luxembourg is a beautiful country to start with; a walk through a nature park should be extra special. I would expect the trails to be hilly. The 5- and 10-kilometer trails start between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The 20-kilometer route starts between 6:30 a.m. and noon. Saturday’s marathon course starts between 6 and 9 a.m.

• Hosingen is in northern Luxembourg on E421 or N7. This major road was called Skyline Drive by American GIs during WWII because of the beautiful views. Fighting along Skyline Drive during the early hours of the Battle of the Bulge was intense due to both sides wanting control of the roadway. Elements of the 28th Infantry Division slowed the advance long enough for towns like Bastogne to establish a defense. Look for monuments to the defenders in towns along Skyline Drive.

• The walk in Schwedelbach, Germany, is very convenient for the walkers in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. Start this event Saturday and Sunday between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. B-medal prizes in limited quantities are offered.

• Walkers in the Wiesbaden area will find the walk in Allendorf convenient. The start is at the Dorfgemeinschaftshaus, at Hauptstrasse 67. Doors open at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. B-medals are the prize.

• The walk in Wellen, Belgium, is the annual Strawberry Walk; expect strawberries in the start hall. The other Belgian walk to look for is in Mürringen, near the beautiful town of Monschau, Germany. Monschau would be an excellent place to stop for lunch after a brisk morning walk.

Both of the Belgian walks start at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Again, we find ourselves in a dilemma over which walks to attend this weekend. Perhaps it will be Luxembourg Saturday and at least one of the Belgium walks Sunday. The weather has been so nice for the past couple weeks, dare we count on it to last even longer? Having done 20 walks so far this year, we are half way to our goal of 40 and eager to attack the second half of the target. Wish us luck. We will keep you posted.

Email volksmarch information to two.walkers@yahoo.com. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO AE 09752.


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