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Been living in Germany for 6 weeks now...(19 posts)

Been living in Germany for 6 weeks now...DT
Aug 30, 2002 6:55 AM
...and the riding is GREAT!!! I moved here from Mississippi (Air Force) and I'm loving these hills! We rented a house on the side of the largest hill around, and there's 3 ways up...the easiest is about 4 miles long and averages about 7%, and the hardest is 1.9 miles and is a constant never flattens out until you get to the top. Today, 6 other guys and I rode 47 miles to the border of France, had a pastry and 2 cappucinos, then rode, this is great over here! Thanks to all of you for paying your taxes so I can live here for 4 years! I'll post digi-pics occasionally.
re: Been living in Germany for 6 weeks now...liebejungen
Aug 30, 2002 7:09 AM
Oh how I miss it! :0)
re: Been living in Germany for 6 weeks now...Heiko
Aug 30, 2002 8:07 AM
Ich auch. ;-o
re: Been living in Germany for 6 weeks now...liebejungen
Aug 30, 2002 8:36 AM
Kein schoener Land!
Thank you for your serviceLeroy
Aug 30, 2002 7:34 AM
I wish we were paying you more. Enjoy the rides for me!

Dave Loving
Whereabouts in Germany?jtferraro
Aug 30, 2002 8:13 AM
My sister is living in Stuttgart and I plan to visit her during Oktoberfest! ;-)

Are you riding with a guy nick-named Geezer?boneman
Aug 30, 2002 8:17 AM
Used to be posted in Lincolnshire UK. If so, tell him zelig says hello from London.
Geezer hereDanoK
Aug 30, 2002 8:59 PM
Hey Zelig,
I'm finally settled in a house about 20 miles south of Stuttgart. Nice area near the Swabisch Alb. Very good cycling and the weather is about 10,000 times better than in Lincoln.....even though our house has been flooded twice already from the record-setting rains that southern Germany has had this year.
Aug 31, 2002 9:04 AM
Good to here from you. Its actually been rather dry in the UK this summer. Too bad about the flooding. I was in Prague last year this time staying at the Ostrich Inn which is on one end of the St. Charles Bridge. I was looking back at some of the pictures I took and the water level was incredible.

How much longer are you going to keep your excellent European posting's going?

as long as I canDanoK
Aug 31, 2002 10:09 PM
I've gotten so used to living in Europe that I would have a hard time with many US areas. Between leaving the UK in Dec 01 and arriving in Germany Apr 02, I spent 3 months in Norfolk, VA attending a military school. Yuck....the cycling in Tidewater sucked so bad. I really felt sorry for the cyclists there. Urban/suburban commercial sprawl in every direction with no quiet roads to get through anywhere. It was OK if I drove up to Yorktown/Williamsburg, but there was still tons of traffic and who the heck can drive someplace every time they want to ride? Not for me.

Stuttgart has a lot of heavy traffic, but the city is also laid out all over a series of wooded and vineyard-covered hills surrounding the Neckar river. Bike trails everywhere and you can buy maps of the city specifically showing the bike trail network. Two problems with the trails:
1) They can be incredibly steep (>20%) and 2) They are pretty disjointed--very complex routes to use them.

Outside of Stuttgart there is a lot of nice riding. Southeast of the city where I live there are the Swabisch Alb while southwest of the city is the Black Forest. Both have tons of nice roads with many climbs of 10-15 minutes duration. Not quite the Dolomites around Aviano, but where else is? Also have the Appenzeller area of northeast Switzerland just 120 miles south. For those not in the know, Appenzeller is one of the worlds great cycling and hiking areas. Simply fantastic. My wife and I went down there last month while I spent some time there back in 1998 on a bike tour.

Where to next? If I can find a way to get back to Italy, I will.

How much longer are you in the UK?
as long as I can- sameboneman
Sep 1, 2002 11:48 PM
I took another two year contract, ending beginning of '04. Only problem's the job's in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Commuting by underground and train which is about 2 hours each way, door to door. Still looking at about 5,000 miles this year but its not been easy.

Of course, it could end sooner but you never know. I'd like to stay in Europe after that but we'll have to wait and see.

Sounds like you're having a blast in Germany but clearly that time in Italy is fondly remembered.

Bastid!!!!! :-) (wish I was there) (nm)gogene
Aug 30, 2002 9:05 AM
re: Been living in Germany for 6 weeks now...PbOkole
Aug 30, 2002 9:32 AM
It sounds like you must be at Ramstein or Kaiserslautern if you are that close to France....
'R u near K-Town?config
Aug 30, 2002 10:20 AM
I'm stationed here in Northern Italy (also in the Air Force) and the riding here is outstanding! I haven't tackled the mountains here yet - don't think I'm in that good of shape yet. The nearest one is about 2200 meters elevation and is only 15 km from where I work (Aviano AB). I was at Ramstein AB a couple of months ago. You should check out the Garmisch area. The scenerey there is incredible! Keep on riding!
I'm at Ramstein...we're hoping to get to Garmisch in Nov (nm)DT
Aug 30, 2002 10:48 AM
Aviano from '94 - '98DanoK
Aug 30, 2002 9:08 PM
I was stationed at Aviano Airbase from May 1994 to November 1998. Incredible cycling there. One of the best areas in the world, in my opinion. The huge Dolomite mountain roads and great scenery just go on forever. Is your goal to climb Piancavallo? That is a tough one (14km at 9% grade) and it starts right from the town of Aviano. BTW, Piancavallo was a Giro stage finish back in 96 or 97. Pantani won it. It would have been neat to see the pros racing up my local mountain, but I was TDY to southern Italy. Can't complain too much though, because I was having a fantastic time cycling down there on the Adriatic coast too!
climbing Piancavallo???config
Sep 1, 2002 9:41 AM
I have 2 more years to do it if I ever do (since I leave in '04). I still have to get in a lot better shape though. You're absolutely right, this is got to be one of the best riding areas in the world! Take care!
Zweibruecken ...dave woof
Aug 30, 2002 12:51 PM
I lived at Zweibruecken army base (Kreuzberg Kaserne)
in 83-85.. It's closed now. I rode to the French border once, it was great. I miss the German countryside and the wide paved roads just meandering around the country side. Not to mention the RotBrat and french fries (at a Schnellimbiss) after the ride :-) I gained 15 lbs in Germany eating that.

I remember it as being overcast all the time though.. but it was always nice and cool.

I miss it a lot.
re: Been living in Germany for 6 weeks now...Mauceri
Aug 30, 2002 12:53 PM
You are defending our country, we owe you more than that. Enjoy!