This afternoon I was at the Fridays demo in Hanover. Actually, I didn't want to hire Komoot because it seemed senseless to me. After all, I've been cycling to work in the city almost every day for years and I know the way by heart. Besides, who should care? But today I wanted to try a new way and needed some help navigating through Hainholz and Vinnhorst. So I turned that thing on. Shortly after the airport the battery ran out and the recording ended. Looks a bit suspicious that I drove straight to the airport from the Fridays demo ...
2 days ago
On my two laps through Wedemark the other day, I saw some interesting routes that I unfortunately couldn't follow. Today I set off with the aim of trying out some of these routes. There were some tops as well as flops that I documented with the pictures.
6 days ago
My longest lap so far! Mainly on tar roads this time, but at least. Since my bike is currently out of order, I had borrowed my wife's cross bike including a shopping basket for the daily errands.What did I learn from the adventure as a complete beginner?1. Never drive with a shopping basket. Things just fall out. So I lost my sweaty long pants somewhere at Stöckse's. In the end, the whole basket even fell off the bike.2. Always take tools with you to deal with such minor mishaps.3. At the end the legs were still lively, but the bottom and shoulders / back were slowly becoming noticeable. Nevertheless, there is definitely more to it!4. Gravel is more fun, but tar roads are faster and more comfortable on long tours.5. At the end of the day, you don't feel like walking on beautiful slopes and frills through the forest, you just want to arrive. The tours should be planned accordingly with highlights at the beginning and "boring" speed routes at the end.6. When I bend over the handlebars, I go 2-3 km / h faster. For the next tour I would like to try dropbar and clips. In any case, I'll be replacing my own old city bike with a Nexus 8 gears. Unfortunately, all good gravel bikes seem to be out of stock at the moment. At the local bicycle dealer I could e.g. order a trek checkpoint - but with a delivery date in June 2021 !!!7. Drinking and eating continuously is important to keep the body alert. Water is most important. Always drink well and fill up when the opportunity arises. I had brought too much food with me. I didn't even touch the 500 g nuts.8. You date the time yourself. I like to take photos on the go, but the constant stopping and driving takes a lot of time. A couple of times I tried to take photos while driving. But this is only possible on smooth roads with no traffic. I also fear that my cell phone will eventually fall on the street. Maybe there are better solutions ...
September 13, 2020
The other day at Komoot I had planned some nice runs near Cloppenburg in the southern Oldenburg region. Today I had the opportunity to take a closer look at the areas before I run the lap (eventually).With my wife's bike, which still carries the poster from last week's bike demo in Resse, I rode from Cloppenburg an der Soeste to the Thülsfeld dam and on to the Eleonorenwald and Molberger Dose. The hiking trail on the Soeste is very beautiful, but I would only recommend it as a MTB tour or just for hiking. Thülsfelder dam is always a highlight; you can't do anything wrong. And in the Eleonorenwald there are tons of tracks for all tastes. The moor from the Molberger Dose is very beautiful and you can get to the moor fairly easily, even to the water. Unfortunately - as with almost all moors in Lower Saxony - old traces of peat extraction can be seen here. But the pleasant smell of bog when you drive by is just great.Overall, it was a very nice round in partial total seclusion and solitude, especially in the Eleonorenwald and at the Molberger Dose. Tomorrow we will go back to Wedemark by bike.
September 12, 2020
PRESS RELEASENo other landscape in Germany contributes to climate protection as effectively as the moors. Lower Saxony is the state with the largest moorland area in Germany. About ⅓ of all moors in Germany are in Lower Saxony.Near-natural moors represent valuable CO 2 sinks - while drained moors are CO2 spinners. Currently around 95% of Lower Saxony's moors are drained. This is why 11% of all CO 2 emissions in Lower Saxony come from moors. That is unacceptable.We demand that the state government of Lower Saxony finally meets its responsibility for the moors - for climate protection, for species diversity and for improving water quality. Specifically, we make the following seven requirements for moor protection:1. At least 50% of the peatland areas in agriculture in Lower Saxony are taken out of use, so that raised bogs and thus CO 2 sinks can form again.2. Arable farming on moorland is no longer permitted. More climate-friendly extensive grazing in connection with rewetting remains possible.3. Agricultural subsidies on bog areas promote climate-friendly management of bogs, including innovative approaches such as paludiculture (reeds and moss cultures).4. The use of peat is only permitted in the commercial sector, regardless of its origin. The state cooperates with research and trade in order to find alternatives for the commercial sector as well.5. Moor protection throughout Lower Saxony is effectively ensured. Moor protection projects are adequately staffed and financially equipped to achieve their goals on time.6. The state of Lower Saxony and the municipalities agree that publicly owned peatland areas will no longer be sold, but will be kept as CO 2 sinks.7. In the interests of the common good, moor protection measures must be tolerated by owners. All legal means are used to implement structural renaturation measures at short notice.A current study by the moor center of the University of Greifswald from April 2020 comes to the conclusion that postponing moor rewetting over centuries will lead to further global warming. By rewetting, our moors no longer burden the climate, but become part of the solution to Lower Saxony's climate policy. We therefore call on the state government to finally act and effectively protect all moors. Without any delay. Now.
September 4, 2020
When the family suggested a Sunday excursion to the Reiterheide to experience the heather blossom, I was able to put my experiences from the two Tours de Wedemark into practice straight away. The result was a tour of 33 km on scenic paths without a single main road section. Unfortunately, my old bike collapsed in the end and I will have to take a break from tours on Komoot until I can buy a new one.
August 30, 2020
Today I was able to continue my Tour de Wedemark, which I had to cancel because of bad photo weather. I hope you like the pictures and the paths chosen. If you want to follow the tour, you should choose the trail east of the Wietze at km 36. The smaller, western trail is a bit of a pain to drive. (Like in a field.) In order to get to the Maitz lakes at km 40, I had to push the bike a little through the forest, as the way along the motorway was closed. At 53 km I had to carry the bike down a long flight of stairs. Otherwise it was a very nice and successful tour. Oh yes, at the end my wife called that lunch was ready. In my hurry to arrive on time, I ran into two dead ends between Bissendorf and Wennebostel. But I assume that everyone who wants to drive through all the towns in Wedemark is looking for their own way. Planning is half the fun, and my tour is nothing but one of many possible routes.
August 30, 2020
On Friday, September 4th, a bicycle demo will take place in Hanover together with Fridays For Future for better moor protection in Lower Saxony. We meet at 2 p.m. at Opernplatz in Hanover and then drive together to the MOORiZ moor information center in Resse.The route has already been approved by the police and I did a test drive this evening. In a media-effective way, it leads past Bahnhofplatz and Ernst-August-Galerie, then over Herschelstrasse, Weidendamm and Scheffelstrasse to Engelbosteler Damm and from there over Schulenburger Landstrasse and Hannoversche Strasse via Engelbostel to Resse.It's not a particularly nice track, but that's not the point. We want to be seen and noticed by as many people as possible. So we drive main roads.
August 27, 2020