- 03:0238.4 mi12.7 mph2,525 ft2,525 ft
Today I was in the Vogelsberg Cathedral in Birstein-Unterreichenbach, an evangelical church with a tower height of 45 meters, which is very unusual for evangelical churches in the VB-Land. There is space for over 1000 people. The church was built in 1748 as the main church for 15 parishes. The bank blocks were assigned to the villages belonging to the parish. The female church participants sat in the nave, the married men on the first gallery, the unmarried men and the male youth on the second gallery. (This is supposed to be the case today)In order to look for alternatives for the Südbahnradweg, I was once again on other routes to get to the Ulmbach and Birstein region.Between Fleschenbach and Ulmbach I'm still looking for a really nice path, today's one went, but it wasn't ideal yet. I have to improve that in 2021.The way from Ulmbach to Rabenstein is great and the short stretch of the country road didn't bother us either. The part behind the Aurora Hunting Lodge is bad, and I'll be looking for an alternative here too next year.From Unterreichenbach the world is all right again, nicely tarred to the Südbahnradweg and then back home on well-known and good paths.
3 days ago
- 03:1335.6 mi11.1 mph3,325 ft3,300 ft
Today I parked the car at the village community center in Crainfeld. Via Grebenhain I went to the Hoherodskopf, which was not my goal today.Shortly before the Plateu, the path goes towards Breungeshain and Michelbach, which I followed. The bike path then continued downhill to the Nidda reservoir.From the Nidda reservoir I then drove towards Gederner See. Here it was a short and crisp up and I had planned two short pieces of grass path, but they were easy to drive. But rather 2 x short poorer ways and the rest was great and also bypassed the main road.About a kilometer behind the Nidda reservoir there are some sequoia trees, it is worth a short stop here.From Gedern on I usually ride the Vulkanradweg railway line. I did it differently today and drove the first stretch on unknown paths. That saved kilometers, but here, too, I had a short piece of grass path before I got back on the railway line.All in all, I found today's tour great and interesting and I will definitely do it again.
4 days ago
- 03:0541.4 mi13.4 mph2,950 ft2,925 ft
Today I was drawn to the nature reserve Graf-Dietrichs-Weiher in Fischborn, a place where I haven't been yet.So over my house route Ober-Mooser-Seer to the Südbahnradweg to Fischborn and here the NSG is right behind the village in the direction of Entenfang and Mauswinkel. (What wonderful place names are there in the Rhön and Vogelsberg 🤣)From the NSG I drove to Bösgesäß and to Bös-buttocks. These are two small places that are right next to each other.
Bösgesäß - official Bösgesäß 1 - colloquial. Prussian bad buttocks
Bad-buttocks - official Bad-buttocks 2 - colloquial. Hessian buttocks
Look at the pictures, then you can see how close the villages are.There are a few kilometers further with Radmühl 1 and 2.Via Nieder-Seemen, Mittel-Seemen and Ober-Seemen I then reached the volcano cycle path. Over which I then drove back home to Crainfeld and on through the Steigertal.All in all, despite the altitude difference, a completely relaxed tour with a wonderful landscape and easy-to-drive paths. Most of the vertical meters came together on the volcano cycle path, which is of course very easy to drive because it is an old railway line with a moderate gradient. I will certainly do the tour again next year.
6 days ago
Today I parked my car in the parking lot at Westring. There is always parking available here.Then it went via Johannesberg and Bronnzell to Adolpseck Castle. Between Adolphseck and the autobahn came a piece of dirt road that could only be driven on with satisfaction. Next time I'll take a little detour here to avoid the piece.You can't get around the street between Dirlos and Böckels. But it went very well, there was hardly any traffic. From Wissels I drove on the sidewalk to Böckels, but was not necessary today, only 1 car passed me.Now it was relaxed on the Hauneradweg to Rückers and then towards Praforst. From here on the cycle path to the Pfordter See and back over the Fulda cycle path.I drove an alternative from Kämmerzell to Gläserzell today, but we like the main route better. I stayed in the Fulda-Au from Gläserzell, I like it better than the original route. At the end of Glasseszell, stay on the sidewalk for about 100 meters.All in all, a TOP tour that I will definitely do again.
September 18, 2020
Today I wasn't in the mood for great vertical meters, so a tour on mostly flat paths.It was first on side, field and forest paths to / from Großenlüder.From Grossenlüder to Bimbach I drove a bit on the "old" road, that was a mistake because there is more traffic than expected. I will change that next time and drive over the Lüdertal.From Bimbach to Lüdermünd on the side street, hardly any traffic here.From Lüdermünd to Großenlüder on the beautiful bike paths, R1, R7a and the volcano bike path, some with slight changes.
September 15, 2020
- 02:4035.2 mi13.2 mph2,200 ft2,175 ft
Today we went in the direction of the Kinzig reservoir and Wächtersbach. I parked the car in Salz in Bocksgasse behind the village community center, there is enough parking space here. Then it went via Ulmbach and Marborn to the Kinzig valley and on via the R3 towards Wächtersbach.I actually wanted to drive to Wächtersbach, but the cell phone holder broke off behind the reservoir. I plugged in the cell phone and switched Komoot to voice output, but that wasn't fun. I want to be able to see where I'm going. So I took the shortcut near Neudorf and rode the Südbahnradweg, I know it and no longer needed a GPS.Before Marborn there was a long downhill section with gravel that I didn't like. Here I will drive differently next time. The R3 was rerouted because of construction work behind the Kinzig dam, so I had to take the other side of the Kinzig here.All in all, it was a nice tour that I'll be doing something similar again at some point.
September 14, 2020
- 03:3741.1 mi11.3 mph3,300 ft3,375 ft
Today we went to the Hoherodskopf again, this time via the Steigertalweg and the Vulkanradweg to Hochwaldhausen, then on to the Hoherodskopf. I went down on the other side and came out in Regbeshain.Before Regbeshain (at Stecken-km 34.5) I actually wanted to drive up to the right and then down into town. But I let myself be misled by the bicycle signs and just left. The penalty was one kilometer of busy main road. Well, there are worse things. But I will change next time.From Regbeshain to the front door there was only a nice stretch of asphalt.The gravel stretch from Hochwaldhausen to Regbeshain was firm and for the most part very easy to drive, sometimes there are places with thick, loose gravel, so you have to be careful. There are grass paths on the plateau, slow or push here.
September 12, 2020
- 03:1242.4 mi13.2 mph2,700 ft2,650 ft
The idea for today's tour comes from the Hessen cycle route planner. Since I couldn't copy any links from this page, here's an alternative: outdooractive.com/de/route/radtour/vogelsberg/ao-route-schloesser-huegel-und-ein-see-um-gedern 1362248 /A&O stands for apple wine and orchardsSince the actual tour was too short for me, I parked my car in Heisters in Kohlmühlenweg, there is always a parking space here. Then over the beautiful Steigertal and the volcano bike path towards Gedern.Most of the paths are easy to drive on. Only after Hirzenhain came about 300 mtr. Dirt roads that were badly washed out with deep furrows, you have to be careful here. Before Merkenfritz there was a stretch of country road with increased traffic. Otherwise everything was OK.I will certainly do the tour again in a modified form. I will then probably skip the detour to the castle in Wenings.
September 10, 2020