Biking to Stoned From The Underground 2014

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 | Activities, Music, Sites | 2 Comments

From my point of view Stoned From The Underground is pretty much the closest thing to the perfect festival. It’s still small, it’s in the summer, you can park next to your tent and you have a lake to swim in just next to the camp ground and stages. And obviously it’s stoner, doom and psychedelic rock driven – just my cup of tea.

For various reasons it seemed a good idea to ride by bike to the festival. I love riding the bike, it gets you close to nature and your limits if you want to. The scenery of Hessen and Thüringen really blew my mind, I did not know how beautiful the rural eastern parts of Germany really are. Hainich National Park and its Rennstieg were awesome. Savage, dark and mysterious.

Anyway, here are a few shots of the bike trip and the festival.

I hope I can make it again next year. This time I will not start near Kassel, maybe Frankfurt, so I can approach from the south west to see even more of beautiful Germany.

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Ein Brötchen in Zons. Lecker.

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 | Activities, Photography | No Comments

So, das schöne Wetter Anfang Mai musste ich ausnutzen – und welchen schöneren Grund gibt es nach Zons zu fahren, als sich ein deftiges Wurstbrötchen am Rhein zu snacken? 😛

Track@RunKeeper (Post in German, because “Wurstbrötchen” is such a nice word)

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May Day 2013 – biking Schöller / Sambatrasse

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 | Activities, Photography | No Comments

Just a random trip, this time off my beaten tracks. Wanted to check out the lime works and see for myself that this is hardly a place to fancy a swim – unfortunately. I also wanted to check out Schöller because I’ve been to Kindergarten there. No recollections though.

For the complete route and stats visit my RunKeeper profile.

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Stop To Smell The Roses I – Autumn Bliss

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 | Activities, Photography | No Comments

I love biking. I love taking pictures. Biking is a fast paced sport and you should really focus on where you are going instead of gazing to enjoy the beauties of the world. So I decided to simply stop first and gaze later every now and then, and as RunKeeper has a neat auto-stop feature this doesn’t impact my tracking too badly. Anyway, here are the first couple of shots. I want to continue theses tour shots and call the series “Stop To Smell The Roses”. Enjoy.

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90° biking – Höhscheid to Frankfurter Damm

Monday, October 3rd, 2011 | Activities | No Comments

Inspired by my recent 90° biking experience (check the previous post) I drove from Höhscheid to Wald’s McD (2 chicken burgers and an apple spritzer to my name – I needed to get something into me before cheering for Solingen’s pretty awesome rugby team, the Zebras!)

Anyway, I think I could revise my invention’s name to just straight driving, but that doesn’t make it sound so kewl. 🙂

Again, this route is completely nonsensical in terms of exhaustion and speed, yet also again I’ve learned something about my home town’s not so well-known infrastructure. A few more of these trips and I am becoming a pro scout for Solingen’s soil.

These bike trips, that lead you directly to your destination, can also be guided by your smartphone’s navigation app. Just use directions meant for walking – and this will pretty much always result in a route someone on a bike (let alone car) wouldn’t normally take. Have phun experimenting!

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90° biking – cycling off the beaten track

Saturday, October 1st, 2011 | Activities | No Comments

Today I decided to enjoy the nice weather and go for a bike ride. I did not want to ride a well-known route so I decided to do something quite daring: 90° biking.

I just made that term up of course, but it describes pretty good what I did. Normally, you take a route that is either short or easy to get to your destination. Now take that route and drive somewhere else in a 90° angle. You will find shortcuts and places you have never seen before 😎

Solingen has a layout that resembles a corrugated sheet. Vertically (north/south in a 2D map context) it’s almost constantly going either up or down. So normally you take routes that mainly go horizontally (west/east respectively). This means trying to get from Höhscheid to Ittertal in a straight line by bike is a pretty insane thing, normally I’d suggest a longer route that surpasses all the hills and valleys in between. God bless the Korkenziehertrasse! 🙂

I experienced a wonderful trip (details @RunKeeper). I especially liked the moments when I popped out of the bushes just to realize where I was and I also drove past some places I haven’t been to in years like Nümmen. Hmm, childhood memories …

So go get your bikes out while you still can and practice some 90° biking – you might learn something new about the place you live. 28° on October 1st should also be considered a compensation for the @!*# summer of 2011.

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Manual RunKeeper: 27k Bike Tour

Monday, September 13th, 2010 | Activities, Misc | No Comments

Today I rode my bike without any friends to bring a fancy RunKeeper enabled cell.

So I decided to blog today’s stats manually. This is practically the same tour as my friend Thomas recorded (@see RunKeeper) a week ago – except that this time I did not take the hill up to Oberburg and it took me 40min less 🙂

Distance: 27.24 km (16.92 miles) Time: 1:24:54
Average: 19.24 km/h (11.95 mph) Max: 49.27 km/h (30.61 mph)

Download the Google Earth kml here.

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