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Take a hike

Your guide to volksmarching in and around the U.S. Army Garrisons Baumholder and Wiesbaden

By Donald Seltzer

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Volksmarch Editor

 

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Volksmarching notes

 

♠ New this year, and replacing the worldwide IVV calendar, is the IVV-Europa 2015 Calendar. This volksmarching calendar provides event information in 19 European countries, to include Germany, and is available for 10 from the DVV Awards Officer. Small, pocket-sized calendars for France, Luxembourg, and Belgium may be available for 2 or 3 at events in those countries.

♠ Got a comment? Found something you’d like to correct? Want to change ‘unknown’ to a useful trail description? Write me at volksmarch@gmail.com with the subject “Feedback.”

♠ Interested in volksmarching but not sure how things work? Send an email message to volksmarch@gmail.com with the subject “Getting Started HU.”

♠ Many thanks to Spangdahlem volksmarchers Pat & Cheryl Patterson, Wiesbaden’s James Meredith and Dale Robison, and Ramstein’s Lew Harrison and Johnette Scott for providing event brochures.

♠  Take a moment to grab a set of brochures from the Werber table and send them via no-cost MPS to Donald Seltzer, PSC 2 Box 10684, APO AE 09012.

♠ The postal code is included in the listings for readers using navigation devices. Autobahn exit numbers are being added for those without such devices.

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♠ Look for additional event choices at www.wiesbaden.army.mil/hunion/Takeahike.htm.

Weekend of June 27-28

Beringen, Luxembourg (L-7590) -- This Sunday event, north of Luxembourg City, is about an hour’s drive from the Bitburg area and two hours from Kaiserslautern. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B257 south to Echternacherbrück and the border. Cross into Luxembourg and connect with N11 to Lauterborn, then pick up D118 to Larochette. Briefly use D119 in order to connect again with D118 to Berschbach, and D123 to Beringen. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62, 1, and 602 toward Trier, then 64 to the Luxembourg border. Continue across the border on Autoroute A1 to the Potaschbierg exit (13). Connect with secondary roads N1, N14, N11, and N14 to Larochette, then pick up D119 and D118 to Berschbach. Use D123 to the start at Beringen.
Start: Hal Irbicht on rue Irbicht Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (21 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Haspelschiedt, France (57230) -- This Marche Populaire event is southwest of Pirmasens and just across the border. Wanderers from the KMC area using B270 to reach Pirmasens will certainly enjoy a scenic drive. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim (33) to take B424 south where it becomes D35A in France. Pick up D962 and D162D through Breidenbach and Waldhouse to connect with D86 south to the start at Haspelschiedt.
Start: Salle Socio-Culturelle Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Malsch bei Heidelberg (69254) -- This event is south of Heidelberg and its now-closed Patrick Henry Village. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 671 toward Darmstadt, 60 toward Frankfurt, 67 to Darmstadt, and 5 toward Basel. Exit at Walldorf/Wiesloch (39) and use B291 and minor roads to reach Malsch. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim and Stuttgart, 656 toward Heidelberg, and 5 toward Basel. Exit at Walldorf/Wiesloch (39) and use B291 and minor roads to reach Malsch.
Start: Letzenberghalle at Schulstr. 4 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to noon (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Mostly flat, fields and some woods Award: None.

Schwollen (55767) -- This walk is due west of Idar-Oberstein and offers 42- and 50-km routes in addition to the usual distances. Expect a half-hour drive from Baumholder, and about 50 minutes from Kaiserslautern. From Baumholder, head north on secondary roads toward Idar-Oberstein, briefly using B41 to Rötsweiler-Nockenthal, then continue on minor roads to Schwollen. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 62 toward Trier. Exit at Birkenfeld (4) to connect with B41/B269. Head north on B269 past Oberhambach, then turn off onto a minor road leading to Schwollen.
Start: Sportheim SV Schwollen Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km), 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km), 6-9 a.m. (42 km) and 6-8 a.m. (50) Trail: Unknown, expect fairly hilly, woods Award: From previous events or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

Thalexweiler (66822) -- This event is southwest of Baumholder and north of Saarbrücken in the Saarland area. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarlouis and Autobahn 1 toward Trier. Exit at Tholey (140), take B269 a short distance to Thalexweiler. From the Baumholder area, use Autobahn 62 toward Trier. Connect with Autobahn 1 toward Saarbrücken and exit at Tholey (140) to use B269 to the start.
Start: Don-Bosco-Halle on Friedhofstraße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (15 and 20 km) Trails: Unknown Award: None.

Wiesbaden-Klarenthal (65197) – This walk offers pretty wooded trails at this Sunday-only event. From points east of Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 and 643 to reach Wiesbaden and, staying in the left lane, pick up the 2nd Ring toward Klarenthal. Turn left onto Klarenthaler Straße and shortly thereafter left again as IVV signs assist drivers in reaching the start. Wanderers in Wiesbaden should make their way to the 2. Ring (home of the Amelia Earhart Center). Use the 2. Ring away from the city center to reach Klarenthaler Straße to follow IVV signs.
Start: Sophie-und-Hans-Scholl-Schule at Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 10 Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: None.

Wednesday, July 1

Bad Dürkheim (67098) -- A midweek event for those in the KMC area who are free to enjoy a daytime walk in the pretty winemaking area of Bad Dürkheim. However, the event is about three-quarters of the way to Mannheim so expect a 45-minute drive. From the KMC, use B37 (often referred to as B40) east directly to the start at Bad Dürkheim.
Start: Weingut Lang und Sohn at Weinstraße Nord 61 Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 11 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Weekend of July 4-5

Altrich (54518) -- If you don’t mind making the drive to Bitburg or Spangdahlem, then here’s an event in that area. From Baumholder, use Autobahns 1 and 60 toward Trier and Wittlich, take the Wittlich-Mitte exit (125) and follow secondary roads in the direction of Bernkastel-Kues and Altrich to reach the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62 and 60 toward Trier, Koblenz and Spangdahlem. Exit at Wittlich-Mitte (125) and follow signs for Bernkastel-Kues and Altrich. From Bitburg, use Autobahn 60 and exit at Wittlich-West (10). Head toward Wittlich and follow signs for Altrich.
Start: Altreia-Halle on Schulstraße Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 6:30-noon (15 km) Trail: Expect hilly, fields and woods Award: None.

Hünningen, Belgium (B-4760) -- This Belgian event is southeast of Bütgenbach and about an hour north-northeast of Bitburg. Participants will find a variety of distances offered, to include 42- and 50-km routes. From Bitburg, use B51 north to connect with Autobahn 60 toward Aachen. Exit at Prüm (4) and connect with B265 north toward Belgium. B265 skirts the border until Losheimergraben where a secondary road crosses into Belgium and becomes N632. Use N632 and a minor road to reach Hünningen and the start.
Start: Saal Concordia Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (4, 6 and 12 km), 6:30 a.m. to noon (22 and 30 km), 6:30-10 a.m. (42 km) and 6:30-9 a.m. (50 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Certificate.

Menchhoffen, France (67340) -- This event is south of Bitche and west of Haguenau. It’ll require a fair amount of driving but there are a number of scenic roads and it should make for a pleasant time. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim (33) to take B424 south where it becomes D35A in France. Connect with N62 toward Haguenau. At Niederbronn-les-Bains, take D28 to Ingwiller via Zinswiller and Rothbach. Pick up D919 leading to Menchhoffen and the start.
Start: Salle polyvalente on Route d’Uttwiller Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Niederstinzel, France (57930) -- This French volksmarch, found due south of Saarbrücken, is easily reached by autobahn. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken and into France where it becomes A32. Connect with the A4 toll road toward Strasbourg and use the Sarre-Union exit (43). Take D8 through Sarre-Union and Sarrewerden to connect with D43 that takes you to Niedersteinzel’s start.
Start: Salle des Fêtes des Sapeurs-Pompiers Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Otterberg-Drehenthalerhof (67697) -- This event is located just a few kilometers north of Kaiserslautern and west of Sembach. From Baumholder, make your way to Autobahn 62 and head toward Kaiserslautern, connecting with Autobahn 6. Use the Kaiserslautern-West exit (15) to pick up B270 north to Otterbach and Otterberg; from there take a minor road to Drehenthalerhof and the start. From the KMC, take B270 north toward Idar-Oberstein. Connect with secondary roads through Otterbach and Otterberg to pick up the minor road to Drehenthalerhof.
Start: Bürgerhaus at Im Rabental 20 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods and fields Award: From previous events.

Weekend of July 11-12

Flacht (65558) -- This walk, north of Wiesbaden, brings wanderers to the scenic Limburg area. Consider visiting the interesting town of Limburg if you haven't done so already. Use Autobahn 3 toward Köln and Limburg. Take the Limburg-Süd exit (43) and B54 in the direction of Diez and Wiesbaden to reach the start at Flacht.
Start: Aartalhalle at Bahnhofstraße 17 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Very hilly, woods Award: None.

Walferdange, Luxembourg (L-7220) -- This event is a little less than an hour’s drive from Bitburg, and located about due north of Luxembourg City. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B257 south to Echternacherbrück and the border. Pick up N11/E29 in Luxembourg to drive past Junglinster, then take the CR126 exit toward Walferdange. Use CR126 and CR125 to reach the start.
Start: Centre Prince Henri at 3, route de Diekirch Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Weekend of July 18-19

Mörsdorf (56290) -- This is the host club’s second event and, while it is a bit of a drive from Wiesbaden (75 minutes) or Bitburg (90 minutes), it’s located in the scenic Hunsrück region and deserving of support from volksmarchers. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 toward Mainz, 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Pfalzfeld (43), use a minor road to connect with B327 and follow it past Kastellaun. A minor road will take you past the towns of Bell and Buch to the start at Mörsdorf. From Bitburg, use B257 to connect with Autobahn 60 toward Wittlich, and from there continue onto B50. Take the exit for Zell/Kirchberg to pick up B421 to Kappel and B327 to Bell. Connect with a minor road to Mörsdorf and the start.
Start: Gemeindehaus on Treiser Straße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (12 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Expect hilly, woods Award: None.

Weekend of July 25-26

Seibersbach (55444) -- This event is west of Bingen and adjacent to the scenic Hunsrück region. The town and its walk are easily reached. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 and 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Stromberg (46) to follow a minor road 4-5 miles in the direction of Rheinböllen, then pick up the road to Seibersbach. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 63 toward Mainz and 61 toward Koblenz, then exit at Stromberg (46). Follow a minor road toward Rheinböllen to pick up the road to Seibersbach.
Start: Dorfgemeinschaftshaus on Soonwaldstraße 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: Fairly hilly, fields and woods Award: From previous events.

Weekend of Aug. 1-2

Ebernhahn/Westerwald (56424) -- This event is northeast of Limburg and offers, besides the standard shorter routes, a 42-kilometer marathon as well as a 50-kilometer route. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt and 3 toward Koblenz. Exit at Ransbach-Baumbach (38) and follow IVV signs on minor roads for the few miles to the start.
Start: Rosenheckhalle at Dernbacher Straße 62A Saturday: 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 and 10 km), 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (20 km), 6-9 a.m. (42 km) and 6-8 a.m. (50 km) Sunday: 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km), 6-9 a.m. (42 km) and 6-8 a.m. (50 km) Trail: Hilly, mostly woods Award: Small LCD clock figurines (short trails) or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

Erstein, France (67150) -- This late afternoon and evening event is south of Strasbourg and northwest of the former Canadian airbase at Lahr, Germany. It’s way too far (almost 2.5 hours from Kaiserslautern) but some of KMC’s volksmarchers will make a day out of it with visits to Strasbourg, Lahr, Baden-Baden, Bad Dürkheim, etc. From the KMC, use A-6 toward Mannheim, A-61 south toward Karlsruhe, and A-65 toward Landau. Exit at Kandel-Süd (22) to follow B9 to the border and connect with French Autoroute A35 toward Strasbourg. You’ll merge onto A4 briefly but continue southbound on A35 to use exit 6 toward Offenburg/Illkirch-Graffenstaden. Follow secondary roads past Fegersheim to the start at Erstein.
Start: Salle St Martin, Maison des Oeuvres at 9, quai du Convent Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km)
Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Ettelbruck/Deich, Luxembourg (L-9012) -- This event is north of Luxembourg City. Expect an hour’s drive from Bitburg, and an hour more than that from the KMC. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B50 west to Roth an der Our and the Luxembourg border. Pick up N17 and N10 to cross the border and the Our River. Head south to Bettel and connect with a minor road to Fouhren, then use N17 south to Diekirch. Continue on N7 to the start at Ettelbruck. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken, 62 and 1 toward Trier, and 64 toward Luxembourg. Cross the border and continue on Autoroute A1, then exit at Potaschbierg (13) to use N1 and N14 toward Diekirch. At Stegen, pick up CR347 to Schieren, and then N7 north to Ettelbruck and the start.
Start: Hall Omnisports du Deich Frankie Hansen on rue du Deich Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Kalhausen, France (57412) -- This Marche Populaire event is south of Saarbrücken in France. Wanderers from the KMC area will have a bit of a drive (should be less than 90 minutes) to reach this walk. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 to Saarbrücken and take the B51 exit toward Güdingen and the border. Continue onto D82, D919, and D33 as the secondary roads parallel the winding Sarre River. Connect with D83 and take it into Kalhausen and the start.
Start: Salle polyvalente on rue de la Liberation Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Weekend of Aug. 8-9

Eschenburg-Wissenbach (35713) -- This Sunday event is northwest of Giessen and slightly less than a 90-minute drive from Wiesbaden. The first control point is located in a “wind turbine farm” that is holding an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66, 5 and 45 to Giessen, then exit at Dillenburg (25), then connect with B277 and B253 to reach the start at Wissenbach.
Start: Mehrzweckhalle at Forsthausstraße 20 Sunday: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Expected to be hilly, woods Award: None.

Konz-Krettnach (54329) -- This walk is due south of Trier with a drive that’s a bit under 90 minutes from Kaiserslautern, an hour from Baumholder, and 40 minutes from Bitburg. Its proximity to Trier makes a visit to that historic city very convenient. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62, 1 and 602 to Trier. At the end of A602, continue on B49, B51, and B268 to Konz and follow IVV signs to the start at Krettnach. From Baumholder, head to Freisen to pick up with A62 toward Trier. Connect with Autobahns 1 and 602 to Trier, then use B49, B51, and B268 to reach Krettnach. From Bitburg, take B51 south past Trier, connect with B268 to Konz, and use minor roads and IVV signs to Krettnach.
Start: Bürgerhaus at Hauptstraße 10 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) and 7-11 a.m. (30 km) Trail: Flat (5 km) or hilly with scenic views, woods and fields Award: None.

Miesau (66892) -- Just west of Landstuhl and home to an Army depot, this walk is easily reached via the autobahn. Pretty trails are offered by a friendly club that welcomes American membership. (For more information, ask for the club’s president, Heidi Jackson, who’s English is very good.) From the KMC, use the Autobahn 6 exit for Bruchmühlbach-Miesau (11) and follow IVV signs a short distance to the start hall.
Start: Turn- und Festhalle on Jahnstraße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Hilly, wooded areas Award: None.

Oudrenne, France (57970) -- This Marche Populaire event is east-northeast of Thionville. Wanderers from the KMC area will have slightly more than a 90-minute drive to reach this event. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken and 8 toward Saarlouis and Merzig. Exit at Merzig (6), turn left at the end of the ramp onto Merziger Straße, and use minor roads south and west to the border. After crossing into France, continue on D855 toward Hunting and D255B to reach Oudrenne and the start.
Start: Place des fêtes Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10, 15 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Weekend of Aug. 15-16

Clausen (66978) -- This event is south of Kaiserslautern and should be rather enjoyable. From Kaiserslautern, use B270 south toward Pirmasens. Connect with secondary roads at Waldfischbach-Burgalben leading to Donsieders and Clausen.
Start: Gräfensteinturnalle at Jahnweg 26 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Petersbach, France (67290) -- Here’s a volksmarch that requires more than a bit of driving -- it's about 90 minutes from the KMC -- but provides an opportunity to explore the sort-of-nearby town of Haguenau or the historic city of Strasbourg. The event is south-southwest of Zweibrücken and Bitche, France. From the KMC, use Autobahn 6 past Saarbrücken to the border then, after crossing into France, continue on A320/E50 to the A4 toll road. Head south toward Strasbourg, exit at Sarre-Union (43), and follow D1061, D13, and D9 to Petersbach.
Start: Salle polyvalente at 7, rue Principale Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Wooded areas Award: None.

Rödermark-Urberach (63322) -- This walk is northeast of Darmstadt and near Babenhausen in a pretty, wooded area. Former residents of the two closed military communities may take the opportunity to visit their one-time home. Urberach is between Dieburg and Hanau, and about a 45-minute drive from Wiesbaden. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt, and 3 toward Würzburg, then exit at Hanau (54). Use B45 south toward Dieburg and exit onto B459 toward Rödermark. Pick up a minor road to the start at Urberach.
Start: KSV-Sportheim at Turngartenstraße 10 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Flat and stroller-friendly, neighborhoods, fields and woods Award: None.

Weiterswiller, France (67340) -- This Saturday event is south of Bitche and west of Haguenau. It’ll require a fair amount of driving but there are a number of scenic roads and it should make for a pleasant day. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim (33) to take B424 south where it becomes D35A in France. Continue in the direction of Bitche and connect with D620 to end up south of that town. Pick up D37 and follow it through Goetzenbruck to Moselle Bas-Rhin and pick up D12. Take that road through Wimmenau to then use D919 toward Ingwiller. Connect with D656 through Weinbourg to use D56 to the start at Weiterswiller.
Start: Salle polyvalente at 7, route de Weinbourg Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Weekend of Aug. 22-23

Bouzonville, France (57320) -- This just-across-the-French-border volksmarch is northwest of Saarlouis. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 past Saarbrücken and Saarlouis. Exit at Saarlouis-Mitte (3) and use B405 through Felsberg and Ittersdorf to reach the border. Continue on French road D918 to Bouzonville and the start.
Start: Gymnase Norbert Noël Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Consdorf, Luxembourg (L-6213) -- This event is roughly a half-hour’s drive from Bitburg, and about midway between there and Luxembourg City; it’s almost a two-hour drive from the KMC. Billed as Felsenwanderung, or rock hiking, the trails will lead wanderers among and though rock formations. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B257 south to Echternacherbruck and the border. Pick up N11 (E29) in Luxembourg to connect with CR118 at Lauterborn. Use CR118 to reach the start at Consdorf. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Saarbrücken, 62 and 1 to Trier, and 602 and 64 to the Luxembourg border. Continue on Motorway A1 toward Luxembourg City, exit at Potaschbierg (13), and connect with N1 toward Larochette. Pick up N14 and CR136 to Brouch, then follow CR132, CR137, and CR118 to Consdorf and the start.
Start: Centre culturel Kuerzwénkel on route de Berdorf Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (15 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Izel, Belgium (B-6810) -- This event is west of Arlon and not far from the French border. It’s about a 90-minute drive from Bitburg. The host club celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday with a 30-km trail. From Bitburg and Spangdahlem, use B51 south to Neuhaus and Autobahn 64 to the border. After crossing into Luxembourg, continue on Autoroutes A1 and A6 to drive around Luxembourg City to the south and west. Continue on A6 to the Belgian border, and then on the A4 to the Habay exit (29). Take N87 south toward Étalle, then N83 west toward Florenville. Connect with N840a to Izel and the start.
Start: Centre Culturel at Avenue Gilson 48 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km), 7 a.m. to noon (22 km) and 7:30 a.m. (bus to start of 30 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km), and 7 a.m. to noon (22 km) Trail: Unknown Award: Sticker or certificate.

Mannweiler-Cölln (67822) and Staudernheim (55568) -- Two clubs are working jointly to offer separate start locations each day with a wide variety of trails, to include a 60-km route on Saturday. From Wiesbaden to Mannweiler-Cölln, use Autobahns 643, 60 and 63 toward Kaiserslautern. Exit at Wörrstadt (6) and take B420 to connect with B48. Follow B48 south toward Kaiserslautern to the start at Mannweiler-Cölln. From Wiesbaden to Staudernheim, use Autobahns 643 south toward Mainz, 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Ludwigshafen. Exit at Bad Kreuznach (51) to take B41 toward Idar-Oberstein. Connect with a secondary road at Waldböckelheim that leads to the start at Staudernheim. From the KMC to Mannweiler-Cölln, take Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and exit at Winnweiler (13). Use B48 north toward Bad Kreuznach to reach the start. From the KMC to Staudernheim, take B270 and secondary roads north through Otterbach, Katzweiler, Mehlbach, Niederkirchen, and Ginsweiler. At Odenbach, pick up B420 to Meisenheim, and connect with a secondary road leading to Staudernheim.
Start: Turnhalle at Alsenzer Str. 11 in Mannweiler-Cölln –or- Turnhalle zum Sportfeld in Staudernheim Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6, 12 and 20 km in Mannweiler-Cölln and 5, 11, and 20 km in Staudernheim), 6-8 a.m. (42 km in Staudernheim), and 6-7 a.m. (60 km in Mannweiler-Cölln and Staudernheim) Sunday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 11, and 20 km in Staudernheim), 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6, 12 and 20 km in Mannweiler-Cölln) and 6-8 a.m. (42 km in Staudernheim) Trail: Hilly, woods and fields Award: None or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

Mainz-Gonsenheim (55124) -- This walk, with new trails requiring attention to the color markings, is easily reached via autobahn and is just north of Mainz. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 643 to cross the Schiersteiner Bridge and exit at Mainz-Gonsenheim. Follow IVV signs or tape leading to the start. Start: Karl-Geib-Haus at Kapellenstraße 44 Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 km), 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km), and 8 a.m. to noon (15 km) Trail: Flat, mostly stroller-friendly trails, woods. Award: None.

Weekend of Aug. 29-30

Bitche, France (57230) -- This Marche Populaire event is south of Zweibrücken in France. Wanderers from the KMC area willing to make the drive will enjoy the option of non-credit mountain bike routes of 17 and 30 km. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarbrücken and Zweibrücken. Exit at Zweibrücken-Ixheim (33) to take B424 south where it becomes D35A in France. Continue on using D620 and D35 to reach the start at Bitche.
Start: Etang du Hasselfurth Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 and 20 km, plus cycling) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Höheinöd (66989) -- This walk, south of Landstuhl, is another of many available to wanderers from the KMC area. From Landstuhl, take Autobahn 62 south toward Pirmasens. Use the exit toward Sickinger Höhe/Rastplatz and follow IVV signs to the start.
Start: Sportplatz Sägmühle Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (17 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Kirchberg (55481) -- Enjoy seeing the Hunsrück region's oldest town in one of Germany's most scenic areas. From Baumholder, head east using the road bordering the training area to reach B420 toward Bad Kreuznach. Connect with B270 and B41 toward Kirn, and B421 north to Kirchberg.
Start: Stadthalle on Gartenstraße 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: Slightly hilly (with a steep hill following the last control); neighborhoods, woods and fields Award: From previous events.

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