Just riding in the SouthWest of Germany -- interrupting the daily routine

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by SIGINT, May 6, 2013.

  1. SIGINT

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    Time for the first post! :shog

    I have been lurking around for a while here, mainly enjoying all the nice ride reports and photos. Finally, I think that it is time to start contributing myself. But don't expect exceptional trips to the most remote places of this world. In this thread I will mainly report on short rides in my "backyard", the SouthWest of Germany. Even though I was born in Austria, I am based in Darmstadt right now (yes, the city in Germany near Frankfurt, not the town in Indiana :D). Nevertheless I routinely use my Austrian background as an excuse to explore the Alps by bike; I plan to share some nice rides there with you as well. At the moment I ride a Fazer 8 and a WR 250R -- OK, I admit that one can debate whether riding a sportive bike is adventurous; but I do hope that the little WR counts. :deal

    Finally, spring time is here! Until April the only option was winter riding... :evil
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    Stay tuned for the first ride report!
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  2. SIGINT

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    Darmstadt - Mosel - Hunsrück (May 1, 2013)

    It is always a good idea to combine fun with work. Last week I had a business appointment in the little town of Nonnweiler, so I decided to take the bike and ride a short tour along the Mosel river on the day before; the area is certainly one of my favorites. Unfortunately the weather was not perfect; it stayed dry the whole day, but it was sort of misty. Somehow my camera could not cope well with this weather, so please excuse the quality of some of the pictures. I guess I need to get a better camera...

    I left Darmstadt in the morning and headed west. The first obstacle was to cross the river Rhein. There are only a couple of bridges across the river, which would have meant riding a long detour. Luckily, there are a couple of ferry services still in existence.
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    After crossing the Rhein near Nierstein, the style of the landscape immediately changes: Wineyards are everywhere now. This part of Germany is really famous for its white wine... :nod
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    For our American friends: in this part of Germany you can find lots of abandoned US barracks (the picture shows the one near Dexheim). Apparently the communities struggle with finding a new use for the old buildings...
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    Finally I reached the Mosel river. Wine is everywhere...
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    Time for some road food... :norton

    I am a big fan of local and traditional food. Arguably the most prominent dish in this part of Germany is the "Saumagen", a stuffed pig stomach. (In fact it is just a different way of making a sausage, despite its name). The dish used to be the favorite one of the former German chancellor Kohl; it even has a wikipedia page...

    BTW: I refused to try the advertised local favorite "Maibowle" for obvious reasons; it too has a wikipedia page.
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    More wine...
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    ... until I finally reached the small town Bernkastel-Kues with its famous market square.
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    Of course, there is also a medieval castle and more wine...
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    After following the river for some time, I headed southwards into the region called Hunsrück. It was time to say goodbye to the wine yards...
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    Again, the landscape changes tremendously. Lots of forests here... Unfortunately the weather did not really improve. :cry
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    Does this count as a long and lonely highway? Somewhere in the forests near Morbach...
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    Finally I reached my destination for the day, a small hotel close to the town of Morbach. (And I finally had a chance to try the local wine. :1drink)

    Unfortunately I do not have any pictures from the ride back to Darmstadt, as the weather did not really improve and I was in quite a hurry... Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy the RR!
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  3. Paratrout

    Paratrout Been here awhile

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    Dude! Great photos and you are making homesick. My wife and I lived in Landstuhl for 4 years. looking forward to more.:lurk
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  4. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    Nice ride report and beautiful photos.

    Incidentally, with regard to this:

    "For our American friends: in this part of Germany you can find lots of abandoned US barracks (the picture shows the one near Dexheim). Apparently the communities struggle with finding a new use for the old buildings..."

    Here in the States, many military bases have been closed within the last 20-25 years and we're struggling with the same thing...
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  5. Cuttle

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    keep it coming!
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  6. SIGINT

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    Thanks! More is coming. I am planning a RR on a short day trip to the Odenwald and a longer one covering a ride to the Schwarzwald region, the French Alsace and ...

    the region south of Kaiserslautern/Landstuhl. Stay tuned...
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  7. Bob

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    Thanks for the pics!
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  8. Paratrout

    Paratrout Been here awhile

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    :ricky
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  9. 990 trailblazer

    990 trailblazer Been here awhile

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    Wow thanks for the pics, I worked at the ammo storage site, now a windmill farm, in morbach from 71/73 and lived in nearby wederath. The mosel river and the hunsruck is still one of my alltime favorite places. The summer wine festivals in the towns along the mosel were great intertainment.
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  10. strom thingie

    strom thingie Lost and Proud!

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    Head on over to Graf and I'll show you some great roads. Love the pics.
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  11. GP MX Fan

    GP MX Fan Been here awhile

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    Awesome photos, they really take me back. I wish I had my bike with me when I was in Bamberg.
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  12. jdfog2

    jdfog2 Been here awhile

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    Nice report!

    I lived in Deutschland twice - for a total of 10 years.

    First time I lived southeast of Frankfurt - about due west of Darmstadt in Dietzenbach, the Roedelheim (oe in place of o umlaut). Then we moved to Guam and then back to the K town area. Lived between Ramstein and Baumholder near Potzburg.

    Nice pics!

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  13. Big Red One

    Big Red One If yer gonna be one...

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    Bitte weiter!

    Love Germany but have never gotten to spend any time there. Someday...
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  14. wisedog22

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    Nice pics, the wine region is awesome. When you visit the Pfalzerwald, be sure to ride the B48 from Johanniskreuz to Rinnthal. There is new pavement on most of it and its a lot of fun to ride!
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  15. feldjäger

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    Germany is just awesome! :freaky
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  16. SIGINT

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    Schwarzwald tour (May 18-20, 2013)

    Thanks for all the nice comments! I finally found some time to post the second ride report: this time I take you to the south-west of Germany. During the whitsun weekend, I visited friends in Lahr; this turned out to be a nice opportunity to explore some backroads in the Schwarzwald (="black forest") area. My initial plan was to ride to Lahr via the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse (B500), then crossing the border to France and getting back to Darmstadt via Kaiserslautern. Unfortunately the weather forecast for France was pretty bad, so I looked for an alternative. This finally was my approximate route (yes, I should get a GPS tracker).

    I started in Darmstadt and headed east to the Odenwald area. I love the yellow flowers of Rapeseed...
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    There are lots of apple trees here; they even make wine out of apples (even though I have to confess that I still don't like "Apfelwein", despite living in Hessen for more than 5 years)...
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    Finally I reached the Neckar river. Lots of castles here...
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    I continued my trip by passing Sinsheim and Pforzheim until I finally reached my first destination: the Schwarzwald area. The "black forest" is pretty green this time of the year... :nod
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    The "Schwarzwaldhochstrasse" (B500) is a great place to ride (even though it is a bit crowded on sunny weekends). Since one of the last big storms, which destroyed significant portions of the trees, you have a marvelous view down to the Rhein valley...
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    The Schwarzenbach-Reservoir:
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    The next day started cloudy and wet (unfortunately the weather forecast was correct :cry). Nevertheless I continued the trip as planned: Lahr - Reichenbach - Biberach - Haslach - Wolfach - Kniebis - Freudenstadt - Bad Wildbad - Pforzheim.

    Near Oberwolfach (the small town hosts a famous research center for mathematicians; I have never been there, but I can imagine that spending a week there is a nice break from everyday work):
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    Continuing the journey on nice back roads...
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    Finally I reached Heilbronn around noon, my destination for the second day. As predicted it started to rain once I checked into the hotel. I chose Heilbronn since I wanted to visit the local railway museum:
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    On the next day, I finally rode back to Darmstadt. Near Heilbronn:
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    I finally reached the river Neckar again:
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    It was a nice ride, even though it drizzeled almost the entire day -- dark clouds over the Odenwald:
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    Close to Darmstadt the weather finally improved...
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    Despite the mediocre weather, it was overall a nice ride! :clap
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  17. jdn

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    Great to meet someone from Darmstadt! :clap Nice pictures, have a good ride!
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  18. motoqueen

    motoqueen One Life. Live It.

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    Thanks for the 'blast from the past' :clap
    I was station in Darmstadt '95-'98 and lived in Griesheim..
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  19. IndiBiker

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    Wow, lovely pics and awesome landscapes to ride on. Ah, when will I be able to ride in Europe :eek1
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  20. SIGINT

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    Alpentour, part 1 (July 14, 2013)

    Time for an update in this thread! In July I finally managed to find some free time in my calendar and started my first tour to the Alps this year -- actually I had a good excuse for the trip, as I had to attend a business meeting in a small town in the "Kleinwalsertal", a small (and interesting) Austrian valley near the German border. So I was able to combine the trip with a nice tour and spent three days riding...

    Here is my route on the first day of the trip.

    I left Darmstadt on a beautiful summer day and rode through the Odenwald area:
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    The more I see from the Odenwald the more I love this area...
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    I finally reached the river Neckar with its small villages and castles.
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    My first stop was the Car and Technology Museum in Sinsheim, which I always wanted to visit. Their large exhibition contains lots of cars, trains, planes and military vehicles. My personal favorite is the Austrian railroad engine 1089, which used to pull heavy trains over the Alps (unfortunately it is hard to take a good picture due to bad presentation of the exhibition :(: ):
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    They have lots of bikes here too...
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    There are even old "adventure bikes" on display ... :wink:
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    The highlight of the exhibition is arguably a Concorde plane...
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    After the museum visit, I finally stopped near Sinsheim to visit the old castle of Steinsberg built around 1100...
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    ... from where you have a nice view on the region around.
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    After this stop, I finally rode southwards to the Schwarzwald region -- stay tuned for part 2... :wink:
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