A guide to volksmarching in the Kaiserslautern/Wiesbaden area
• Many thanks to volksmarchers James Meredith, Pat and Cheryl Patterson and Johnette Scott for providing event brochures.
• Take a moment to grab a set of brochures from the Werber table and send them no-cost via MPS to Donald Seltzer, PSC 2 Box 10684, APO AE 09012.
Weekend of March 28-29
Kappel (55483) — This event is in the scenic Hunsrück region west of Bingen, not far from Hahn airport. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 and 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45), take B50 toward Simmern and Kirchberg, and use B421 to reach Kappel. From Baumholder, take secondary roads to Birkenfeld and pick up B269 headed north to Morbach. Connect with B327 and B50 to Kirchberg, then take B421 to Kappel and the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 62 north toward Trier, exit at Birkenfeld (4), and take B269 and B327 through Morbach. Continue onto B50 to Kirchberg and connect with B421 to the start at Kappel.
Start: Gemeindehalle Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 15 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Somewhat hilly trails, fields and woods Award: From previous events.
Mossautal-Hüttenthal (64756) —This event is in the beautiful Odenwald southeast of Darmstadt and offers 33- and 42-km trails in addition to the usual distances. Good weather will make this a pleasant trip. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 671, 60 and 67 to Darmstadt, then connect with Autobahn 5 toward Basel. Exit at Heppenheim (31) and take B460 toward Erbach. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 toward Mannheim, then continue southward on A6 at Viernheim. Connect with A659 to Weinheim, then continue onto B38 to Lorzenbach and B460 to the start at Hüttenthal.
Start: Sporthalle at Güttersbacher Strasse 4 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km), 7-11 a.m. (33 km) and 6:30-9 a.m. (42) Trail: Very hilly, mostly woods Award: None or patch, certificate and beer glass (marathon).
Waldems-Bermbach (65529) — This walk is north of Wiesbaden in the Naturpark Hochtaunus. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 toward Koblenz, exit at Idstein (45), and follow B275 toward Waldems. Pick up a secondary road leading to Bermbach and look for IVV signs.
Start: Sängerhalle at Hauptstrasse 62 Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 and 30 km) Trails: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Award: None.
Wednesday, April 8
Mainz-Gonsenheim (55124) — This midweek walk is easily reached via autobahn and is just north of Mainz. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 643 to cross the Schiersteiner Bridge (if it’s been reopened; otherwise, I don’t know what to tell you) and exit at Mainz-Gonsenheim. Follow IVV signs or tape leading to the start.
Start: Karl-GeiBHaus at Kapellenstrasse 44 Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 km) and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km) Trail: Flat, mostly stroller-friendly trails, woods Award: None.
Weekend of April 11-12
Rhaunen (55624) — This walk is in the Hunsrück region west of Bingen, an area well known for its scenic beauty and year-round series of walking trails. Trail lengths of 42- and 50-kilometers are offered to challenge-seeking wanderers as are three Mountain Bike trails (which do not offer IVV credit). From Wiesbaden, take Autobahns 60 and 61 toward Bingen and Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45) and follow B50 and B421 to Kirchberg, then continue through Dickenschied, Rohrbach and Woppenroth to reach Rhaunen on a secondary road. From Baumholder, use the minor roads skirting the training area to reach B420 at Rathsweiler. Head in the direction of Bad Kreuznach to connect with B270 toward Fischbach. Continue on secondary roads through Gerach, Herrstein, Weiden, and Hottenbach to reach Rhaunen.
Start: Idarwaldhalle at Am Sonnenschlicher 5 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km), 7-11 a.m. (21 and 30 km), 6:30-9 a.m. (42 km), 6:30-8 a.m. (50 km) and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (25, 35 and 50 km mountain bike without IVV credit)Trails: Hilly, mostly woods Award: From previous events (shorter routes) or patch and certificate (marathon trails).
Sprendlingen (55576) — Look for this event south of Bingen. From Wiesbaden, Mainz and points east use Autobahns 60 to Bingen and 61 south toward Ludwigshafen. Exit at Gau-Bickelheim (52) and follow IVV signs to the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Gau-Bickelheim (52) and follow signs to the start hall.
Start: Wissberghalle at Stettiner Strasse 1 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trails: Stroller-friendly on 5 km; otherwise hilly, woods Award: None. Note: Dogs are not permitted in the start hall.
Wiesbaden-Kohlheck (65199) — The Polizeisportverein Grün-Wiess Wiesbaden plays host to this annual walking and swimming event on the Polizeiakademie Kaserne. The visit is always interesting for children and Americans are welcomed. Assuming the Schiersteiner Bridge has reopened, use Autobahns 3 and 66 to reach Wiesbaden’s Schiersteiner Kreuz. Take A643/Schiersteiner Straße north to the 2. Ring, turn left on Dotzheimer Straße and cross the railroad tracks. Turn right on Schönberg Straße and follow it to the suburb of Kohlheck and the police school.
Start: Hessische Polizeiakademie at Schönbergstrasse 100 Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 and 10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (swim) Trails: Somewhat hilly, neighborhoods and woods Award: Pendant without chain (walk).
Weekend of April 18-19
Obershausen (35792) — This event is about an hour’s drive due north of Wiesbaden in the pretty Westerwald region. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 toward Koblenz. At Limburg, take the B49/B54 exit toward Limburg-Nord, then exit onto a minor road at Löhnberg. Head north on a secondary road through Niedershausen to the start.
Start: Dorfgemeinschaftshaus at Hauptstrasse 8 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (17 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 17 km) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: From previous events.
Wiesbaden-Frauenstein (65201) — This event is billed as the Cherry Blossom Walk. With its location near the Wiesbaden Garrison’s Rheinblick Golf Course, consider tossing your clubs in the trunk and get some practice in at the driving range or putting green after walking the trails. Use Autobahn 66 to reach Wiesbaden; continue westbound on A-66 to the Frauenstein exit (2). Follow IVV signs on the minor road leading to Frauenstein and Alfred-Delp-Strasse.
Start: Alfred-Delp-Schule at Alfred-Delp-Strasse 53 Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 8 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown but expect somewhat hilly, wooded areas and neighborhoods Award: None.