2010-04-25 50 11
In Steigerwald forest south of Erfurt. Few kilometers from the city.
Manu and Reinhard celebrated Reinhard's birthday in Erfurt on Saturday and planned to cycle on Sunday anyway, so the close hashpoint was a perfect start for the round trip. Having lived in Erfurt for 18 years, Reinhard knew the Steigerwald very well and found the area of the hashpoint without any difficulties. On the way they even drove through the 2009-07-18 hashpoint. According to the topographic map there should have been a track passing the hashpoint quite close, but Manu and Reinhard couldn't find it, so they rode a rectangle around the hashpoint on small forest paths and decided where to leave the paths afterwards. Thus it was about a 200 m walk through the bright forest with a wonderful carpet of anemones. At the hashpoint, Manu and Reinhard rested for some minutes and continued walking back on a path. Then they rode on through various villages and through the city of Arnstadt and climbed the hill to castle Wachsenburg. From there they headed back towards Erfurt, having another stop at a friends' garden. At the end it was a very nice 56 km tour. This is how to spend your Sunday afternoon!