2012-02-29 49 8
In a meadow next to Zwingenberg-Rodau.
I had a hunch that my Brompton would arrive that day, so I planned to take it for a test drive from my home to the hash point. The alternative would have been to take a tram and bus and then just walk a bit. This was to be my first expedition and I chose it to be on leap day, so that I only have to worry about my hashiversary (about) every four years ;-)
My Brompton did in fact arrive and I picked it up from the dealer. Getting back home, grabbing my GPS, some water, my camera, my kite (the area looked like one could go for a kite award) I left my home with a rough idea how to get there. Unfortunately, it was already around 5pm when I left, so I knew it was going to get dark soonish. I got lost a few times on the way (although on the tracklog, it now looks less bad than I thought) and passed by the “Erlensee”, a lake I used to go swimming in when I was a child (I leaved even closer by at that time). When I got close to the hashpoint, it was already quite dark. I tried cycling closer, but got stuck in the mud quite some times (not the first time during this trip, too. I really put my new Brompton throught more than I had expected).
I managed to push my bike through that mud though (more or less). I passed a hunter who complained that the game was not getting any silence these days (but I think he was not worried about the silence the game was getting but rather that it would not be there for him to shoot it) and that I “was just missing a dog” (damn, I should have brought one, then). When I got closer to the hashpoint, I realized I was on the wrong side of the “Winkelbach”. Unfortunately, it was way larger with a higher dam than it looked like on Google Maps. I pushed my bike on and was getting quite tired. Then I realized that powerlines on your GPS are not roads/tracks. Luckily, a few meters from the powerline there finally was a real track and the bridges that were not recognizable on the GPS map were really bridges.
Even though I was unhappy about not having reached the hashpoint, I decided to pack it in (did I mention it was quite dark already) and pedal back to Alsbach-Hähnlein, where I folded my Brompton, put it on a bus (not without a nice comment from the bus driver what a clever bike I got :-) and the tram and drove back home. Here I am, lots of stuff to drink (better preparation next time, I only brought a (really) small water bottle), roughly cleaning the Brompton from the mud and a hot bath later, ready to go to sleep. I missed the hashpoint, but it was still a nice trip with some memories and some working out (when I looked at the track log I was surprised that I had ridden/pushed about 26kms, much more than I expected).