2009-05-07 50 11
As I had a day off today and the weather was far beyond my expectations, I decided very spontaneously (after breakfast, and, in fact, having the choice between going or doing the washing-up) to visit this day's hash point, even it was at a distance of about 45km and would clearly take me to my limits. Of course I started by bike, going the cycleway to Jena Lobeda and from there on to Rutha, up the hill to Sulza and so on... I forgot that there might be mountains anywhere as soon as I leave the valley by the river (Saale), so they quite got me by surprise, but I had all the time in the world to get used to them during the next 40km. Anyway, as the noise became louder I knew I was close: I had finally reached A9 (the freeway) which I crossed twice on smaller streets, arriving at Dittersdorf at last. Only some 100m after the second crossing of the freeway there goes a nice way to the fields (and the numerous deer stands there and at the small pond in the middle). I could ride my bike until I reached the forest which was separated from the meadow by a small creek. So I left my bike at the meadow, jumped over, found the spot, took the necessary proof pictures and left again, already zonked. Anyway, I rode my bike "back home" (funny phrase considering there were 55km still to go) through such wonderful villages like Knau (great lake landscape!), Grobengereuth and Bodelwitz to Pößneck. I was hungry and there was food, so I did my bit and supported the first local restaurant to be found. From there, everything seemed easy: only 34km to do (according to road signs), and always through valleys without any stops to have a look at the map, because every sign was directing back home. I have never been as happy as this time to see the first houses of Jena... hooray, new record set! ---Paintedhell
Not knowing that Juja already did an expedition to this hash point, due to the nice weather I decided to ride my bike there after work, which I finished around 5:30 pm. Not having eaten too much this day, I bought a pair of sausages and ate it riding the bike from the northern part of Jena right through the city, not to lose even more time. I didn't choose the shortest way to the hash point, so I could record some new tracks for the quaeldich.de road bike trip planner. The weather was really great, so I really enjoyed the tour. It was just before sunset, when I had to leave the road after 64 km for the last 500 m to the hash point. Mostly there was 40 cm deep grass, but possible to ride. For the last 30 m I had to bushwhack and finally took some pictures in the dark wood. Unfortunately, I didn't recognize Juja's xkcd marking. Of course, it got dark for the last two hours on my way back home to Jena-Cospeda, but I'm quite used to that and enjoy the different atmosphere and the silence of the night. Around 11:15 pm I got home - after 129 km, 1579 m total ascent and a ride time of 5:10 h. ---Reinhard
Telling Manu, that I succeeded.
Not new, but my longest bicycle geohash...
| Juja earned the Bicycle geohash achievement
Same for me! :)
| Reinhard earned the Bicycle geohash achievement