• “The Wiesbaden International Wandering Club continues the excitement with outstanding bus trips,” writes club member and publicity coordinator Bryan Senter. He notes there will be a trip to the Oct. 5 event at Fulda. This event is special as it offers International Marching League credit along with Internationaler Volkssportverband credit. Afterward, the group will visit historic Fulda. On Nov. 23 the WIWC will take its members to the underground volksmarch at Merkers (described below). Trip Captain Jim Zoschenko (email@example.com) is handling the details. “Insurance limits WIWC bus trips to club members,” he said, so request a membership form from firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.wiwc-volksmarching.de.
• Preregistration is required by Oct. 25 for the first-ever event at Merkers, located about two hours northeast of Wiesbaden. This Saturday, Nov. 23, volksmarch will take place approximately 500-800 meters underground. Trails of 8-, 16- and 22-kilometers will be offered, as will a hardhat. Bring your own flashlight and spare batteries. Cost is €20 for each participant and includes the start card, cable car ride, tour of the crystal cave and a certificate. Registration payment may be made by bank transfer (Überweisung) to Wanderfreunde Glueckauf, account number (Kontonummer) 100105236, and bank number (Bankleitzahl) 53261342. Ensure you’ve listed the names of the participants in the memorandum lines (Verwendungszweck). The event brochure is available as a .pdf file by writing me at email@example.com with the subject “Merkers.”
• Look for additional event choices at www.wiesbaden.army.mil/hunion/Takeahike.htm.
Weekend of Sept. 28-29
Berschweiler bei Kirn (55608) — This event is northeast of Idar-Oberstein. Starting at Idar-Oberstein, head toward Bad Kreuznach on B-41 and, after roughly 10 kilometers, connect with a secondary road leading to Niederwörresbach. After a very short distance, turn off on another road at Fischbach that leads to Berschweiler.
Start: Gasthaus Schmidthöfer at Rathausstr. 26 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7-11 a.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods and fields Award: None.
Weekend of Oct. 5-6
Fulda (36043) — Three days of walking are offered this weekend near the former American caserne. A wide variety of routes are being offered as well as International Marching League credit (which requires two days of walking). Participants will find the start off of B-254 in the direction of Haimbach using IVV directional signs.
Start: Deutsch-Amerikanisches-Sportzentrum at the intersection of Washingtonallee and Black-Horse-Strasse Friday: 2-5 p.m. (6 and 11 km) Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 11 km), 7:30-11 a.m. (21 km) and 7-8 a.m. (42 km; bus transfer to the start from 6:30-7:30 a.m.) Sunday: 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 11 km), 7:15-10 a.m. (21 km) and 7:15-8 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, woods and fields Award: None (6, 11 and 21 km), patch and certificate (42 km) or medal (two-day participation).
Weekend of Oct. 12-13
Heidelberg-Emmertsgrund (69126) — This event is south of Heidelberg and east of the now-closed Patrick Henry Village. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 5 south to the Heidelberg-Schwetzingen exit (38), then follow signs toward Leimen. Turn off on a secondary road leading to Emmertsgrund. A shuttle service to the start hall is provided from the parking area. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim and Stuttgart, 656 toward Heidelberg, and 5 toward Basel. Exit at Heidelberg-Schwetzingen (38) and follow signs toward Leimen. Use a secondary road leading to Emmertsgrund and the parking area.
Start: Bürgerhaus with parking shuttle from Fabrik Heidelberger Leben AG at Forum 7 in HD-Emmertsgrund Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (15 km) Trail: Mostly flat, fields and some woods Award: None.
Wiesbaden-Frauenstein (65201) — 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 on A-66 to the Frauenstein exit (2). Follow IVV directional signs on the minor road leading to Frauenstein and Alfred-Delp-Strasse.
Start: Alfred-Delp-Schule at Alfred-Delp-Str. 53 Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 8 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown but expect somewhat hilly, wooded areas and neighborhoods Award: None.
Weekend of Oct. 19-20
Aarbergen-Daisbach (65326) — This event is in the Naturpark Rhein-Taunus south of Limburg. Wanderers will enjoy the fall colors while completing one of six trail lengths. Use Autobahn 3 toward Limburg and exit at Bad Camberg (44). Follow secondary roads through the towns of Beuerbach, Ketternschwalbach and Panrod to reach the start in Daisbach.
Start: Haus der Vereine at Schulstrasse 8 (parking at Am Volpertsberg 2) Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km), 7 a.m. to noon (17 km), 7-11 a.m. (23 km), 7-10 a.m. (30 km) and 7-8:30 a.m. (42 km) Trail: Very hilly, woods Award: None or patch and certificate (marathon).
Weekend of Oct. 26-27
Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday — and enjoy the extra hour of sleep.
Bretzenheim/Nahe (55559) — This event is just up the road from Bad Kreuznach in the direction of Bingen. From Bad Kreuznach take B-48 north to Bretzenheim. From points east take Autobahn 60 toward Bingen, continuing at its end on a two-lane road to Gensingen. Follow IVV directional signs to Langenlonsheim and Bretzenheim; note, however, signs were scarce for previous events.
Start: Sportplatz Schlossgarten Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, neighborhoods and vineyards Award: None.