CLC Spring 2020/3: Back in the Saddle

After a break of eleven days, I was back on my bike. Eleven days! I don’t think I’ve been off my bike for that long for years, except when we were on trips without our bicycles. We have been having cold days now and I’m getting more cautious about catching any kind of cold or infection so I limited myself to walking. But today was sunny and about 5°C, tomorrow and next week it’s going to get even warmer, so a ride was in order.

The first stop on our outing was to bring back a pile of mostly wine bottles to the recycling bins. Does that count as a contribution to the local economy? I decided it somehow does.

Recycling bins for white, brown and green glass

From there we took off on one of our regular loops. You can look at the map HERE. Although there are some spring flowers on the forest floor, the woods are still kind of monochrome. I’m not complaining, the sun is shining and it isn’t windy, but some more color will be welcome.

Riding through the villages and woods, there was no obvious indication of the shutdown. There was some house construction going on, some kids out with their mothers, it all looked so normal.

Passing through Hausen – it looked the same as it always does.

And now a little song for the monthly challenge: WHOO-PI-TI-YI-YO


I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

6 response to "CLC Spring 2020/3: Back in the Saddle"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: April 1, 2020

    How marvelous Suzanne. If the recycling wouldn’t count (but I say it does), you had to purchase the bottle and contents at some time.

    Perfect song for your outing as well. I am SO SO glad to see you back in the saddle. YAHOO AND YIPPEE KIYAY!! (How does one spell that?). You get the thought I am sure.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 1, 2020

    The weather here has been uncooperative too — should be improving as is yours.
    I agree, just riding around it doesn’t look like much is going on Covid-wise.
    Looking forward to more color here too.
    Over 7000 cases in IL so far, only one in our county — so far. . . .
    Did the modifications to your bicycle work out as you had hoped?

    • By: Suzanne Posted: April 2, 2020

      I picked up my bike before the modifications were done. It was about two days before the shutdown of all shops and I wasn’t waiting around to have my bike stuck in a closed bike shop. I, too, am curious, though, as to whether the change will be good. I don’t really need it for cycling around here with no panniers etc. but I still would welcome gearing that feels right. My cadence is now either too slow or when I change gears and/or amount of support, there isn’t enough pressure on the pedals. I am just missing the right gear so we’ll see if the alterations change that.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: April 2, 2020

    So happy you can get back out on the bike. It does look like a nice day – it’s been the same here where it seems so odd to have all these major things happening, but the days so serene.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 2, 2020

    Glad you’re back in the saddle again. For some reason I couldn’t get any volume until I went to youtube, same with Greg’s video. I was surprised when I was in Germany 35 years ago how popular Western music was on the radio.

  5. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: April 2, 2020

    I vote your ride counts as contributing to the economy. You had to buy the wine first, then recycling the bottle keeps someone else employed at the recycler’s facility. Gold star. Hope the wine was good, too. Looked like a very nice ride on a blue sky day for you and Janos. Yay! Good song choice too.

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