Bin gerne auf dem Tourenrad oder zu Fuß unterwegs. Ganz besonders liebe ich Wanderungen mit vielen Höhenmetern in den Alpen aber auch gerne in den Mittelgebirgen.
Im Sommer 2018 war ich sogar im Baskenland und in den Pyrenäen unterwegs, aber erst im Frühjahr 2020 habe ich Komoot für mich entdeckt und begonnen meine Touren aufzuzeichnen.
- 04:2212.7 mi2.9 mph2,150 ft2,200 ft
It was on my twisted Oldenburg tour when I got the message from Andi from Bonn. A year ago, the good guy started a tour together. And now I heard from him again in preparation for a short vacation on the coast, where he would celebrate a birthday like a real north man, namely with rum. To be more precise: Baltrum! A good choice.You remember: This Sunday was perfect for an autumn Sunday. But the following days were pretty much the opposite. On Monday the weather changed. The full north-west program: thick clouds, fresh wind, nasty rain. Everything a weather needs to separate the wheat from the chaff among the bikers. Here, just before the coast, only the tough come ... well, you know.
So it's good that we didn't meet until Friday. Who knows: if I'm lucky, it'll pour down by then and the sun will shine. Could be, right? Why not? Patience and trust in God - that is my motto. Just stay cool. - But it's such a thing with heroic dreams and the ideal self. Especially in reality.As I said, the week was reliably North German in terms of weather. On Friday it should start around 12:00 p.m. In the morning the rain lashed hard on the west side of my humble home. It went on like this, getting weaker, until 11, no even until 11:30 a.m. At 11:40 am I swung myself on my bike after the last drops of rain and headed for the agreed meeting point, the train station in Leer. Andi, the poor one, had to endure the catastrophic road construction planning in the East Frisian metropolis and was stuck in a traffic jam while I overcame the 8 or 10 km by bike.
And finally I met him for the first time. Nice guy, a man with character. So sympathetic. A quick chat, interested glances for the bike of my current companion and a tiny lap through Leer before the tour really started.My namesake had decided on the Jümme-Leda tour and sent me the cover of an East Frisian magazine in advance: The Mesopotamia of East Frisia. One of my favorite standard routes. Very good choice. And the weather? What can I say? Only fleecy clouds in the sky and warming sunshine. As I said: you have to be lucky.
However, the wind was really strong from the west. Since the tour is on a west-east axis, it promised sporty demands on the return trip from Barßel. And so it happened. While we cycled there quickly and effortlessly, we could still have easy conversation in Spanish. The man speaks Spanish, and quite well and fluently - I was thrilled. Andi was also able to keep up with me in terms of sport. I even think I'm the slower of the two of us. So I was more than satisfied.In addition to local attractions such as Evenburg, Jümme-Pünte, Stickhausen Castle and the port in Barßel, the tour offered a lot of car-free nature along Jümme, Nordloher Tief, Dreyschlot and Leda. Impressions that nobody should miss with the water level and the sunshine.The way back then turned out to be the sporty part of the route. In addition, my route planning strained Andi's time account, which unfortunately prevented a nice stop at the end. And that was the only downer in the event on Friday in the middle of October.So we said goodbye to each other shortly before the Leda barrage, where I took a few last pictures of the river and barrage and went our way. One of them headed north to the coast, the other cycled quickly to Papenburg. This is how a great Friday came to an end that I wish there were more of them.
October 18, 2021
The smallest of the inhabited East Frisian islands is also considered to be one of the quietest among them, which is partly due to the fact that there are no motor vehicles on the way. Only horse-drawn vehicles and cargo bikes can be seen.
Those looking for peace and quiet are in good hands on Baltrum. The further you move east from the inhabited west of the island, the more deserted and wider the beach becomes. But the dunes are also criss-crossed by a network of paths and paths.
October 13, 2021