About Thorsten 🚴♂️🥾⛰🍻
It always seems impossible until its done - Nelson Mandela
- Angie P
Following the invitation from Ela, today we hiked with / in / around Müden and along the Örtze. And it was an all-round successful hike. A varied route, the nicest fellow hikers you can have, perfect hiking weather and an unexpected hiking encounter. Then delicious coffee and cake at Ela. Just beautiful, Ela: Thank you very much!
3 days ago
- Manuela Kelpin
Tired is always nice, but today it was especially great. We were back with a top line-up. We had barely walked a kilometer on the Löns Stein when a lonely hiker came towards us, three from our group, "you don't give it a damn". What a coincidence I also met Dolle now. He always accompanied us on our way, sometimes when I saw an apple tree or at the water treading point, etc. The tour is very varied and it was so fun with fantastic weather.
3 days ago
- Thorsten 🚴♂️🥾⛰🍻
Once a year it has to be a slightly longer tour. Yesterday Petrus also played and with 13 hours of daylight it should be enough for the planned tour.
As a mathematician, I remembered the good times of analysis and my weakness for curve discussions and extreme values. The extreme points in Hamburg therefore had to be visited once.
Dawn started shortly after 7 a.m., and the most westerly point of Hamburg was the first to come. I once ignored HH islands in the North Sea, local extreme points, so to speak, not global ones.
🧭 The westernmost point is on Industriestrasse between Rissen and Wedel. Except that the sun and the fog offered a nice competition to look at, nothing special here.
We continued in the thick fog from Blankenese to Neuenfelde over the Elbe, for 1.50 € there is one of the most beautiful boat trips in Hamburg - when there is no fog.
⛰ The lowest point in Hamburg (0.8m below sea level) is on Nincoper Strasse in Neuenfelde. The highlight here is a heron looking for breakfast.
Further through the old country, the apple trees were wonderfully full of red apples, so that 2 of them fell into my pact bag. Short refreshment in Neu Wulmstorf before heading into the mountains.
⛰ The highest point in Hamburg (116.1m above sea level) is the world-famous Hasselbrack. Getting up there on a trekking bike is a bit tedious, but there is also a real summit stone and summit book.
The annual forest work has already started, so that the paths in the rose garden were sometimes a little deeper. But from Tötensen there were decent bike paths again.
If you think that the southernmost point of Hamburg is south of the Elbe, you are wrong. He is at the Zollenspieker Fährhaus in Kirchwerder. Along the beautiful Seeve we went to Hoopte and then by ferry to the Zollenspieker. Again, there is no indication that it is a special geographical point here.
🧭From there to the east over the Marschbahn embankment to the Altengamme district. Once again there was nothing special to see at Knollgraben directly behind the grounds of the Hamburg Service Dog School.
In order to get enough kilometers together, of course, the center point could not be missing. First past the city hall at the political center of Hamburg.
🧭 And then not far from the geographical center of Hamburg at the St. Gertrud Church in Uhlenhorst. To finally see something with the church.
For Germany alone there are at least 10 different ways of calculating the center point. I once limited myself to one type.
Now it went through the best evening rush hour across Hamburg via Barmbek, Ohlsdorf and the Duvenstedter Brook to the north.
🧭 The northernmost point is in Wohldorf-Ohlstedt at the intersection of Langereihe and Pfingsthorst. The only highlight here, an outdated hiking parking lot sign.
After the work was done, there was a delicious ice cream on the way back home in Duvenstedt, a beautiful sunset at Glashütte and shortly before dusk completely disappeared, the start and finish point was reached after 13 hours.
Conclusion, nice long tour with the best biker weather across in and around Hamburg. Except for the Hasselbrack, Hamburg's geographical highlights are rather extremely boring.
5 days ago
- Thorsten 🚴♂️🥾⛰🍻
Just don't give up too early !! The train drivers' strike is over and the rest looked good too. The train went, wind from aft, rain probability just under 50% and Tanja wanted to break her personal record. So to a third after Büsum.
Start at 7:30 a.m., earlier doesn't make sense, as the crutch lock does not open until around 9 a.m., timing was good and we could still see the barriers going up.
Before that, there was an ouch moment at the swing bridge over the Pinnau near Neuendeich. It had drizzled lightly and the wooden planks were slippery, once not paying attention and getting into a longitudinal joint, that was enough and already horse and rider lay long. Thank God there is enough hip padding with me, so that one shake was enough and it went on.
After crossing the Krückau we came to Schafland. The cozy animals love to lie on the way and the digested grass was partly on the way. The wet did the rest and our bikes quickly had a greenish organic patina.
Gluckstadt was reached along the Elbe Cycle Path, where breakfast was due first.
Passing the successful Glückstadt social building behind the Elbe ferry, it went directly to the Elbe to the impressive sturgeon barrage and then further along the NPP in Brokdorf, which is to be dismantled from 2023.
One wonders again and again how wide the Elbe is here and Brunsbüttel was already in sight. The clouds also tore up and there was something beautiful blue to be seen in the sky.
Shortly before Brunsbüttel, the Elbe Cycle Path was left and via the Brunsbüttel industrial area we went to the NOK ferry Ostermoor. Like all NOK ferries it was free to the other side and now a bit boring mostly along the main road to Meldorf.
It was noon when we reached the market square and the calorie stores had to be replenished. Instead of the hoped-for sun, there was now light rain, but it didn't matter it was warm enough and we are in northern Germany.
Then with full tailwind to the North Sea through the beautiful NSG Kronenloch.
Course behind the Meldorfer Hafen the dike was crossed and on the great bike path right on the water it went to Büsum.
It was running out of water and we were in good time, so we quickly plugged in a mudflat hike before we went to Büsum to eat crab.
Now the surprise of the day, although Tanja was born in Blankenese, she cannot peel any crabs. But it is not only persistent, but also very squishy and after showing once and two failed attempts it worked wonderfully. Another coffee afterwards and strolling around in the busy Büsum, then we went in the direction of Heide to the train station.
This time with a full headwind, but we had enough protein.
The train arrived punctually around a little after 6 p.m. and around 7:30 p.m. we were in Altona. Quickly cycled the 9 km home and with 144km Tanja also has a new daily record.
All's well that ends well
September 18, 2021
- Thorsten 🚴♂️🥾⛰🍻
After 2 family days, Berg was on the agenda again today.
It should be the Watzmann. Not as easy as climbing the Zugspitze and the highest mountain in Germany. The people of Berchtesgaden always say the Zugspitze half belongs to the Austrians.
The short version of the famous Watzmann legend goes something like this: According to the legend, it is about the evil King Watzmann, who once ruled the country and was turned to stone as punishment for his cruel deeds together with his wife and children.
If you like it more bloodthirsty, just google "Watzmann Sage"
This resulted in the Watzmann, the Watzman woman and the Watzmann children as beautiful mountains in the Berchtesgadener Land.
Today we should go to the lowest of the 3 Watzmann peaks, the Hocheck with its 2651 meters.
If weather and fitness permit, a little further up the actual Watzmann with its 2713 meters, the so-called Mittelspitze.
It started in the dark. Get up at 5 a.m., start at the Hammerstiel hiking car park shortly before 6 a.m.
Unfortunately, the first hour we went through the forest, so that the beautiful dawn only sparkled sporadically through the trees in the fantastic weather.
Shortly before 9 o'clock a little more than 1000hm was done and the Watzmannhaus was reached.
Now it was exhausting, another 700 m up to the Hocheck. Steep, rocky and often pathless, so that one was constantly looking for the waymarks. In addition, the summit that you saw from the Watzmannhaus was not the real summit of the Hocheck at all. Once at the top, you noticed that it would take the same effort to finally reach the Watzmann summit of the Hocheck. More than 1800hm was done around 11 a.m.
I noticed that the air was a bit thinner here, and there was still a lot of snow on the way to the central peak. Safety First - this was the end of today and will be made up for next time.
Now the arduous descent was on.
With a stopover at the Watzmannhaus, I was back at the car around 4:15 p.m.
Let's see what the legs say tomorrow. The sore muscles from the 4000 steps could still be felt this morning.
But despite the exertion it was a fantastic tour.
September 8, 2021
- Thorsten 🚴♂️🥾⛰🍻
And again it was time to slow down, a family day with a tour program.
Until now we had never made the boat trip across the Königsee, it was mostly too full, too hot, too wet, ... but today everything was fine.
Shortly after 10 a.m. we took the electric boats (since 1909, the term e-mobility didn't even exist then) via St. Bartholomä to Salent. 50 minutes including trumpet solo and echo.
From there, you can stroll about 3 km to the Obersee and the Fischunkelalm.
Nice snack with great views.
Then back the whole thing and around 3 p.m. we were back.
Nice tour with really great views and with the time planning there was no queuing and waiting at the boats.
September 7, 2021
- Thorsten 🚴♂️🥾⛰🍻
The weather forecast for the coming days looks good and there was still a room available in our favorite hotel in Berchtesgaden - what could be more natural than to end the summer in good memories in the Alps.
Although the Untersberg is right by Berchtesgaden, it was uncharted territory for me until now. Its highest point is 1972m and it is considered the local mountain of Salzburg.
Yesterday morning I immediately realized what Hausberg means. I arrived at the hiking car park a little late at around 9:30 a.m., and all the parking spaces at the roadside were already occupied well before that. So back to Glanegg and started the tour about 1.5km away.
Today we had to climb the Doppler and Reitsteig. Both together have more than 4000 steps, with the more difficult one being the Dopplersteig, with 2500 steps alone. On this it went up the next 4.5km 1200 meters.
The last 200 meters in altitude in particular are great fun, as the path there is exposed, but never dangerous or particularly difficult, on the rock.
Once at the top there are 3 huts / restaurants that invite you to relax and there is also a cable car up. Has the advantage that you can save yourself the many stairs in the descent, but also the disadvantage that it is very crowded up there.
On the high plateau, the peaks of the Geiereck and the Salzburger Hochthron were taken with you. Unfortunately it got a bit hazy around noon, so that the great view in all directions was a bit cloudy.
Then it went downhill the many stairs over the Reitsteig back to Glanegg still had to be mastered.
All in all a nice and sweaty medium-difficulty tour. Even today, the calves show a certain irritation on the steps to the breakfast room.
September 6, 2021
- Thorsten 🚴♂️🥾⛰🍻
3 weeks ago I tried to go to Büsum by bike. Unfortunately, the train drivers then went on strike and the return journey by train was not possible.
The replacement date was planned for today, but our locomotive Napoleon ordered a strike again and Büsum fell into the water again.
Then it became a frustrating replacement tour with a frosty highlight in Kellinghusen.
All good things come in threes, I will try again in the next few weeks. It would be nice if Petrus and Weselsky could coordinate the weather and strike a little better.
September 3, 2021
- Thorsten 🚴♂️🥾⛰🍻
There seemed to be a short break on Saturday between all the rain clouds of the past few weeks. Let's get out. My valued fellow hiker really wanted to go to the heather, which is blooming so beautifully. And yes it had to be all the highlights like Totengrund, Schafstall, Wilsede, .... Well in August when the weather is good, going to the Heide at the weekend is a bit like Mönckebergstraße in the earlier summer sales.
It only helped to start early and to reach Wilsede just enough for the first inns to open, but only a few people were there.
Then it worked out fine, we were there around 10 a.m., enjoyed great coffee and cake and then escaped to the west.
On the way to Schneverdingen we noticed the new waymarks of the Heideschleifen. This year, 11 new circular hiking trails, the so-called Heideschleifen, were set up along the Heidschnuckenweg (heidschnuckenweg.de/artikel/19236/heideschleifen-heidschnuckenweg-umsetzung.html). Sounds interesting and will certainly be part of a hike again.
Our way to Schneverdingen was less interesting, 6 km straight ahead, no cars, but also little change, so we had a nice chat.
In Schneverdingen then the heather garden and actually the ice cream in the local ice cream parlor. Unfortunately full today and clearly understaffed in terms of operating technology.
Back to Oberhaverbeck without ice, it went through the beautiful Spitzbubenweg and along the Haverbeeke.
As Tanja said with the finisher beer, the marathon route is our comfort distance, you already have big feet, but still a certain lightness in your legs and when walking - it's just fun and you still have something from the day.
August 22, 2021