Cycle Life Challenge Ride 7: Go West

Here a challenge, there a challenge, everywhere a challenge challenge
The first challenge was getting out of our driveway and onto the street.

We could barely squeeze by the truck which was busy hoisting a tree uprooted by strong winds in the yard behind ours. They managed to save it.

I started out going to the WESTpark and since I wisely remembered to take a tripod with me this time, I was able to take a picture of myself with my mascot the snail. He is very slow, slower than me, as a matter of fact he hasn’t budged since last time I took a picture of myself with him.
Me, my bike and my mascot for the Challenge of the Month

Once we were in Westpark, I got many many pictures for the March Challenge of the Month, just a day late. Flowers and animals all out celebrating the first day of April.
And of course a picture of fauna with my bike, yes there is fauna if you look carefully or put your glasses on.
There were so many turtles out sunbathing.
And much flora in bloom
Beautiful Westpark – with bicycle
Fauna and flora
Fauna fauna fauna fauna fauna fauna
Bluebells and bike
Proof of purchase ! I had made inroads into my salad before I remembered to make a photo. It was very good.

That was my day in Westpark. Perhaps one of the limited number of posts still to come from Munich. We have taken the plunge and are moving. Kind of scary after living in the same apartment for over 30 years. We have found a place about 20 km to the southwest of Munich, whcih means no more climbing up to the fourth floor, and woods and fields down the road. We think it will be perfect for us now. So I might be very busy in the coming weeks getting ready for the move. But I’ll be back – and with new pictures perhaps?

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. I have three kids and eight grandchildren - so I'm pretty old. Cycling, photography and walking are my favorite things.

13 response to "Cycle Life Challenge Ride 7: Go West"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: April 5, 2019

    Nice photo of you and your mascot snail!

    OH my! Moving after 30 years in the same place. That would be quite a challenge for me/us as we have accumulated way way way too much stuff. I actually, at times, think that moving would at least help us get rid of some of that excess. It sounds like you are ready for a move, and have found a perfect place. Congrats on that.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: April 6, 2019

      We, too, have so much stuff. I hope I can convince all parties involved (ahem) to get rid of much of our ballast. I’m looking forward to more space, outdoors and indoors.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 5, 2019

    Very nice, Suzanne. And lovely colors. I think you must have switched your film to Kodachrome. 😉

    As to moving, I bet you’ll be very happy when you get settled. Perhaps at Cycle365 we should enact a new rule, requiring everyone to move to a new home at least once every two years, thereby ensuring a steady supply of new scenery for photos.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: April 6, 2019

      I hope we have some new scenery, although we did cycle through some of the surroundings of Gauting, where we are moving, on last year’s CLC.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 5, 2019

    Great photos — especially the snail and the turtles.
    Congratulations on the new place, sounds like an idea spot for both living and ease of cycling.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: April 6, 2019

      Yes, living will be good with all little shops within walking distance and the cycling can also start from the front door.

  4. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 5, 2019

    Love the snail – a mascot to several of us on this site too I bet. Not me, of course. Pokey agrees.

    So exciting that you’re making a move. Please post once in a while to let us know how things are going. I look forward to seeing the new scenery.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: April 6, 2019

      I’m sure I will post and keep you up to date. I love to play with my camera or escape to the computer when I have pressing things to take care of.

  5. By: Scooter Posted: April 6, 2019

    So how did you get all those turtles to crane their necks in the same direction? I’ve tried that trick before but apparently I don’t speak turtle correctly. You must be some turtle whisperer.

    Moving, after all these years! Good for you. Maybe good for us too. We were hoping to detour through Munich to stop in for a visit next year on our autumn tour, but now we can avoid the city.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: April 6, 2019

      I think the turtles were more interested in the sun than me, but I did thank them anyway. Wonderful if you would include this corner of Bavaria on your next year autumn tour! But first Andalusia for some fresh tuna.

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: April 7, 2019

    Congratulations on the move – sounds perfect! The guys love the turtle shot and the salad looked yummy.

  7. By: Alchemyrider Posted: April 8, 2019

    Lovely photographs.

    Good luck with the move.

    I’m doing the same in a couple of weeks. To a place about 2km away from where I live now 🙂

  8. By: Lah Posted: April 8, 2019

    I thought we were the only people who moved in their seventies! It was quite an ordeal, but totally worth it. Glad you found a place you are looking forward to living. Congratulations!

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