2010-01-21 48 7
On a field near Riedseltz.
I'll get out of uni at 10:45, will take the train from Heidelberg at 11:38, arrive in Wissembourg at 13:28. Will walk from there.
This was not an easy expedition. The OpenStreetMap coverage for this area is only mediocre, so GpsMid told me to just follow the country lane. Since it's a hassle to step away from the road every time a car approaches, I wanted to avoid that as far as possible, so I had to find the dirt tracks myself. They weren't comfortable to walk on either. Most of the snow from the winter had molten, so the paths were very muddy. I didn't see much of the beautiful Alsatian landscape either. It was foggy all the time and I usually couldn't see farther than 200 meters or so.
On my way, I spotted several remnants from past wars between France and Germany, such as memorials and old bunkers. The Maginot Line is very close to the hashpoint location. In fact, the fortification depicted on top of the wiki page was only 3 km away from the hashpoint. Since I wanted to get back to Wissembourg before it got dark, I didn't have any time to pay it a visit.
The hashpoint itself was on a muddy field. Since there were no plants to be seen and I only had to walk a short distance into the field, I suppose it was no trouble entering it. On my way back, I had to hurry because it started raining and the batteries of my cell phone were running low. I reached Wissembourg a few minutes after the train I had originally planned to take had departed, so at least I had some time to go to a supermarket and get something to eat. I needed that after the long walk.
On my way back to Heidelberg, I had to change to another train in Neustadt. While I was waiting for it to depart, there suddenly was a loud bang and blue sparks could be seen outside the window. A few minutes later, the lights went out and the conductor asked the passengers not to panic, get out and wait for the next train. All in all, I needed more than eight hours for this expedition. I think that's a new record for me :)
Wissembourg station, once again
Tracklog with geotagged pictures
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