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Thursday is a German holiday, Fronleichnam or Corpus Christi, so there are a few walks available during the day.

The walks in Stennweiler and Eisen are not far from military communities in Baumholder, the Eifel and Kaiserslautern. The Schwaigern volksmarch is between Heidelberg and Stuttgart and is a Stammtisch walk for the Stuttgart club. There are walks in Dietenhofen, which is in the Ansbach area and Manderbach, which is southeast of Siegen. Finally, there is one at Öfingen, which is south of Villingen-Schwenningen.

The hot event this week is being hosted by the Tuefelskopf-Wanderers of Reichweiler, Germany, who are extending a warm invitation to all American volksmarchers, especially the folks from nearby Baumholder.

The start hall is the Dorfgemeinschaftshaus. The prize is a beautiful beer mug with the crest of Hessen. There are also limited quantities of mugs from earlier walks with the crests of Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland. Opportunities to get pretty beer mugs like these are becoming scarcer.

You can start the five- and 10-kilometer walks between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. If you would rather walk 20 kilometers, start time is between 6 a.m. and noon both days.

Monday marks the beginning of the 13-week Summer Evening Walk Series in St. Odiliënberg, Netherlands. Each Monday evening, there will be a different 10k route that you can start between 4:30 and 7 p.m. We have done these walks several times in the past and they are very good walks. The start hall is at the Den Zwarten Berg party center, just off N293 to the southeast of St. Odiliënberg.

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For the next two weeks Bob will be back in the States, starting in San Francisco, where he has a couple of walks lined up. “Pat” Patterson recommends the permanent walk in Mill Valley, across the Golden Gate Bridge, where the path leads through a redwood forest. There is also a guided tour of the Haight-Ashbury district that sounds interesting. It is not an IVV walk, but it should be fun. Along with some other permanent walks in San Francisco and San Jose, Bob will have his walking shoes on — and he will make sure to tell you about his adventures.

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With the arrival of June and warmer weather, don’t forget the importance of keeping well-hydrated on your walks. As a general rule, control points are about five kilometers apart, but this is entirely at the discretion of the host club, so they might be farther. Sometimes the short routes do not have any control points. Pack your own water and don’t wait until you feel thirsty to take a drink. Take a little bit of money with you because walk sponsors might have only bottled drinks for sale. You might want to carry a cup with you as well. Some clubs have free water or tea if you take your own cup. This also reduces the amount of trash generated by walkers, and we all need to be environmentally friendly.

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Thanks to the following for their contributions to the column: William Castro and Maureen McHugh-Castro; Cath and Rob Floyd; Richard and Donna Glenn; John and Evelyn Golembe; Ramona and Horst Kechelen; John, Mary and Tess Laub; “Pat” and Cheryl Patterson; Lew Harrison, Wayne Henry, Nora Hernandez, Jerry Lucchesi, Dave Miller and Nancy Shawley.

Miscellaneous short notes about this week’s events:

• The Stuttgart German American Wandering Club has three Stammtisch walks coming up: Thursday in Schwaigern; Saturday at Buchenbach; and Sunday at Filderstadt. Look for the club’s blue flag at a table in the start hall.

• If you are walking anywhere near Heidelberg on Saturday, make sure you head toward Heidelberg Castle for the evening illumination and fireworks display.

• The start for the permanent walk in Cologne has changed. It used to be at Metzgerei Herbert Jankowski, but now it is at a shoe repair shop across the pedestrian zone from the old location.

Clark Soeldner’s Italian walking notes:

• The Saturday evening walk at Gambugliano is a six-kilometer route that is repeatable. You can walk it as many times as you want, just be back be organizers close up at 11:30 p.m. A flashlight would be a good idea. The start for this walk is Presso il campo Sagre di Monte San Lorenzo. There is also a walker’s meal and dessert for 10 euros. Make sure you sign up for the meal when you buy your start card.

• San Antonio di Porcia is another Saturday evening walk with a fest going on, so there will be plenty of food there, too.

• The award at the Orio Canavese walk is a kit for making Paste d’Melia. This will be limited to the first 100 walkers.


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