Biking through Germany: Monday, Mar 11, 2024

Hi L and P, You know what happened. Plan B – biking to the Rhine on Monday, train to Switzerland on Tuesday – was thwarted when I learned that the seemingly eternal German railway strike would resume on Tuesday. I had to reschedule the train leg for Monday which was a...

Biking through Germany: Sunday, March 10, 2024

Dear L and P, From Philippsthal I set out for Fulda, then along the Kinzig river and toward Frankfurt, all bikepathed and bike-routed, even well marked (Bike markers are green-on-white in Germany, sometimes very well and sometimes rather shoddily placed). Before...

Biking through Germany: Saturday March 9, 2024

Dear L and J If yesterday was a bitch, physically speaking, today was one in all other respects. The plan followed the map, and the route showed promise: Along the Werra river, mostly on  bikepaths, lots of nature, the works. Problem was, that after about one mile the...

Biking through Germany: Friday March 8, 2024

Dear L and J, My International Women’s Day began very beautiful and ended as a bitch. The task at hand was crossing the big watershed between East and West Germany,  the so called Mittelgebirge, an assortment of mountain ranges best compared with the Appalachians....

She dead

Two weeks. *** It is shocking to see how wide a difference two weeks’ passing of time can make. Two weeks and three days after she took her last feeble breaths, our mother’s presence has sunk to the bottom. Processed into memory. Gone for good. No use in making that...

Biking through Germany: Thursday, March 7

Dear L and P, “Glück im Unglück”, say the Germans. Good fortune wrapped into bad luck. That’s what struck this morning. I intended to start riding a bit later because I first wanted to see an exhibition, but when I looked at my bike, departure was delayed even more. I...