Labor Day is behind us and we are already in the middle of September. What does that mean to us? First, the pretty autumn colors are starting to appear. Second, the kids are in school, so maybe a Wednesday volksmarch becomes a possibility. Third, the days are getting shorter, but that means we will have the chance to do some torch walks, and soon we’ll “fall back” and get our Daylight Saving Time hour back. In fact, the first torch walk of the season is next week in Kützberg, Germany. More information on torch walks next week. • A very close walk for readers in the Kaiserslautern Military Community is this weekend’s walk in Bruchmühlbach, which is west of Landstuhl. The sponsoring club, Wanderfreunde Miesau, is the sister club to the Ramstein Roadrunners. The clubs work closely in true international friendship. It would be nice for readers to attend this walk in an effort to support the Wanderfreunde Miesau, just as they turn out to support the Roadrunners. If you are new to volksmarching, look for a person wearing a Roadrunner t-shirt at this event and ask them to help you out. The doors open at 7 a.m. both days. Cutoff time for starting the 5- and 10-kilometer routes is 1 p.m., with the cutoff at noon for the 18-kilometer trail. This event is for IVV credit only.• Look for the blue flag of the Stuttgart German-American Wandering Club this weekend in Hildrizhausen. This is a Stamm- tisch walk for the club, so members will be there in force. Start all trails between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The prize for this event is a coffee cup.• The Ford automotive plant in Saarlouis, Germany, hosts its 40th volksmarch this weekend. The 6-, 11-, 20- and 30- kilometer trails start Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year you will be able to choose a 42-kilometer marathon route as well. The start window is 7 to 9 a.m. In keeping with its traditional model car souvenirs, this year you can take home a 2012 Ford pickup in 1:43 scale. To reach the event, take the Saarlouis Steinrausch exit off Autobahn 8 if coming from the Luxembourg or Saarbrücken direction. If driving from Kaisers-lautern or Karlsruhe, take the Nalbach exit. Enter through gate number four at the Ford Werk. Then look for Kantine Halle B. The gates to the Ford plant open at 6:30 a.m. • We always enjoy the walk in Schinveld, Netherlands. With luck, our Scottish Highlander “friends” will be out in the pasture and gliders will be taking off and landing at the glider field. If you are into the Tri-Border area this Sunday, plug “Broekstraat 2” in the GPS to find the Cafe Im Weissen Roessl in Schinveld. • Wow! It sure was hot when we walked in Bellevaux, Belgium, a few weeks ago. It must have been in the mid-90s when we hit the hills of the Ardennes. We started later than usual because we stopped at the Saturday morning flea market in Maastricht. Our friend, Ken, was visiting from Saudi Arabia and we were kidding him about bringing the heat with him. As we walked up and down the steep hills, Bob commented that Ken did not even work up a sweat. That definitely was not the case for Bob. We were glad to get back to the start hall to replace fluids and sample the local fries. We’ve learned not to call them “French fries” in Belgium. After drinks and snacks at the start hall, we went to the Bellevaux Brewery, where we chatted with the owner and brew master and picked up a couple of items from the gift shop. Our next stop was at the Malmedy Memorial, followed by a brief stop at the Baugnez ’44 Museum.It was a lot of fun walking in the forest around Bellevaux. The hills were tough and the heat made it tougher, but walking and sharing stories with a good friend made it fun. It happened that as soon as Ken left, the weather cooled immediately. E-mail volksmarch information to Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09752.

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