Today my tour led me along the renatured Brenz first to the beautiful, protected Eselsburger valley. This great river valley is always a sight, no matter what time of year.
Via Bolheim, the Ugenhof, the Rieblinger Hof and the Lindenhöfe I reached my actual destination, the historic Heldenfinger Kliff on the Heidenheimer Alb.
Heldenfinger Kliff was part of the rocky coast of the Tertiary Sea 15 million years ago and is considered by geologists to be the best-preserved fossil beach.
My former neighbor, Karl-Dieter, lives right next to this natural monument, whom I met again today after more than four decades. We attended the technical school in Heidenheim together from 1972-74 and of course had a lot to talk about.
After this pleasant meeting, my tour took me over part of the Hungerbrunntal, past an ammunition depot and past Setzingen to the excursion restaurant to the Gasthaus Schlößle in Lindenau. After a short break for refreshments, we went back to O-Medlingen via Stetten, Sontheim and Brenz.
7 days ago
After many months, finally a joint bike tour with my former work colleague Willi.
We both worked together for 50 years from the beginning of our apprenticeship, in 1962 until we left in 2012, and tackled many projects together. It's great that we still get on so well and, if possible, meet once a month to exchange ideas (update).
September 13, 2021
Fortunately, we didn't have to fear rain on today's tour, but it was pretty fresh. Summer temperatures look a little different.
Via Gundelfingen, Haunsheim and Frauenriedhausen we reached the market town of Wittislingen.
We reached Ziertheim via the beautiful bike path, formerly the railway line of the Härtsfeldbahn (Schättere) *. Between Ziertheim and Dattenhausen we visited the remarkable water structure where Egau and Riedegau cross. This crossing structure was rebuilt in a very complex and expensive manner between July 2018 and April 2019.
Via Dattenhausen and a section of the new Ballmerthofen-Bachhagel cycling route, we continued on good gravel paths on the edge of the Dattenhausen vineyard to Burghagel and on the cycle path to Oberbechingen. This is where the obligatory stop-off took place. According to the almost single-digit temperatures, we enjoyed the closed rooms in the beer garden at the Adler.
Well strengthened, we made our way back as it got dark. Via Unterbechingen, Haunsheim and Gundelfingen we reached the cycle path to Medlingen. The illuminated, high church tower (73m) of the collegiate church showed us that it is only a few kilometers to the end of the tour.
Today we were 10 participants. Fortunately, Gabi M. was another newcomer to the tour.* Härtsfeldbahn:
The Härtsfeldbahn, popularly also called Schättere, ran from Aalen to Dillingen / Do and had a length of 55.5 km. In 1972 passenger traffic ended and the tracks were dismantled. A museum association has rebuilt a 5.5 km long route since 2001. This leads from Neresheim to the Katzenstein train station on the Härtsfeldsee.
August 30, 2021
Our tour guide Hermann had set the beer garden at the “Schlössle” inn in Staufen as the destination today.
11 FCM cyclists were at the meeting point and the route led via Brenz to Hermaringen. In Hermaringen, our tour guide played out his local knowledge and led us over winding alleys to the well-known cycle path along the railway line to Giengen-Gerschweiler. Past the “Filze” and the “Ziegler” we went towards Hohenmemmingen. In Hohenmemmingen, the traditional cyclists were asked a few grains on the inner-local, demanding slopes. Even getting off and pushing was sometimes the order of the day. A few hundred meters after the local cemetery, there was another sweaty climb in a north-westerly direction to the somewhat distant stop-off point. After this effort, we enjoyed the drinks and the culinary offerings in the beautiful Schlössle beer garden. We would love to come back.
The way home was via Landshausen, Hohenmemmingen, Giengen, Hermaringen, closing the gap on the B 492 and Brenz to the starting point.
Particularly noteworthy today:
- Today touring newcomer Gerald F.
- The tour recorder lost the group on the way back after a stop at Landshausen and due to the darkness and filmed an additional route. Fortunately, the merger soon took place again via mobile phone contact, even if this lost time.
August 22, 2021
Friday, August 13th, 2021
On this very, very warm Friday evening, our first stage led to closing the gap on the B492 between Brenz and Hermaringen. Since the last asphalt layer has already been applied, the planned release of this section is possible by the end of 2021.
Via Hermaringen we reached the next stage destination, the source of the Hürbe, in Hürben.
(The Hürbe is a 7 km long right tributary of the Brenz. The mouth is located south of Hermaringen)
The tour continued through the beautiful Lone Valley to Stetten. From the Archäopark we went to the local church of Stetten and the former Stettener Keller, today the seat of the Württemberg knights: wuertembergritter.de
Via the Niederstotzingen forest playground, we reached our stop, the TSV Niederstotzingen inn.
Stopping here is recommended.
After a nice Hocketse and well strengthened, we managed the remaining km to the starting point of today's tour.
"Young boy" and newcomer Erwin R. promised to take part in the next tours again.
August 16, 2021
July 30, 2021
Today our goal was actually the restaurant at the Schützenhaus in Leipheim. When we reached the outskirts of Günzburg, the looks up became more worried. Menacing rain clouds caused a short-term change of direction and so we headed for the sports restaurant of the SG Reisensburg. We reached this refreshment stop just in time before a strong thunderstorm with heavy rain determined the next 2 hours. We then used these hours for the usual strengthening of the tour. After the weather had calmed down again, we were able to complete the way back to Medlingen without worrying about rain.
August 1, 2021