Hi Ho, Silver!

A beautiful Sunday. After the recent rains we tried to cycle a loop not involving too many dirt paths but that would take us to some new areas. Our first stop was to admire these horses out in the paddocks after probably being confined in their stalls much of the winter. This must be horse country, that’s a lot of horses. We passed other stables as well.

At home I pondered what music horses bring to mind. Nothing. I googled horses+lyrics. Nothing resonated with me. Then all of a sudden I had it – the Lone Ranger. The Lone Ranger radio series was big in the 1940’s, that’s what I heard, long before I knew who Rossini and Wilhelm Tell were.

Then the memories came: Gene Autry with “Back in the Saddle Again” and Roy Rogers’ “Happy Trails”, all applicable to cycling. Those cowboys were my idols, I had a little-girl crush on Roy Rogers. Interesting how memories and feelings are kept alive in music, stuck somewhere in the convolutions of our brains.

We cycled on. On the road to Leutstetten we passed this little church with its sweet, typical for Bavaria onion shaped steeple.

Ah, church, chapel, chapel… There was something with chapel. Elvis of course! As a teenager I didn’t hear a lot of pop, I was kind of classic, played the French horn, practiced before and after school, had a lot of orchestra rehearsals and lessons with my teacher in New York on Saturday. But some stuff did seep through, Elvis for example.

And we rode on. Close to home we have this pretty stretch through the woods. We ride it often and I love it every time in every kind of weather. And we often stop for pictures, again and again. For this picture of Janos busy with his camera a German children’s song filled the bill.

The title “Ein Männlein steht im Walde” translates roughly as “A Little Man Stands in the Forest”.

That was quite a variety of tunes from memory lane. There is still a song intend to do when the weather permits time with the camera. At the moment I don’t even have a bicycle. I am having some changes made and they are keeping the bike for a WHOLE WEEK! What a very strange feeling to be without a bicycle! I have to walk, for Pete’s sake. Which is perhaps a blessing in disguise. I discovered that I have little endurance walking, something I must improve.

Meanwhile back at the ranch in the times of the coronavirus:  It is expected that 60 – 70% of the German population will be infected and mortality is high in our age group. We are being careful. We want to still go on day outings on our bikes, but we won’t be taking trips and staying in hotels for a while.



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

15 response to "Hi Ho, Silver!"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: March 13, 2020

    WOW, what memories you bring to ME!! The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers — and Hopalong Cassidy!!!! My childhood idols all in a row. I had crushes on all of them I suppose, as I would not/could not miss an episode of any of them ;’-).

    Great picks for your music and rides Suzanne!! I am with you and Janos in the risky age bracket for the virus. Though I will ride whenever I have the time and weather, I am choosing to not join any group rides. It is a tough time for us to get through this — let us all be alert of and careful in our surroundings.

    I am sorry for your lack of a bicycle for a week, but I do know the importance of ‘cross training’ with walking. I get in a walk at least 3-4 times a week for that reason, and often it is not easy! Thanks for you post — wonderful as usual ;’-0)

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 13, 2020

      Glad you liked my post. Oh, and I forgot Hopalong, didn’t I!
      You are so right about the cross training. I somehow forgot and got lazy. Lazy doesn’t pay!

    • By: NancyG Posted: March 13, 2020

      Oh yes — Sky King and Penny in Songbird!!!

      Those WERE the days ;’-)

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 13, 2020

      I didn’t know Sky King – just Howdy Doody. lol No crush there, either.
      And thanks for the video link. Brings back memories, too.

  2. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 13, 2020

    As always, your photos are fantastic. Love the varied musical themes!! All those horses in the sunshine would’ve perked right up to hear “High-Ho Silver” called out. The photo of Janos paired with the “Little Man Stands in the Forest” children’s song was very clever of you. Well done!! Sorry you are without a bike temporarily, but hopefully whatever is being done will make it even more enjoyable for you to ride when it is returned. In the meantime, enjoy some lovely walks and see what you can capture with your camera by foot. I bet it will be spectacular as always. Stay healthy! Cheers & happy “pedestrian-ing.”

  3. By: Lah Posted: March 13, 2020

    Hospitals are the pits! I have been in one since last Saturday. Came in for a different reason, but somebody got the bright idea to test me for Covid19. I had no symptoms…just fit the old with comprimised immunity. Today, I heard I was in ER waiting area with Louisville’s first confirmed case. He’s now restricted to his house and I am sitting in isolation for 2 days and 7 hrs waiting for my results. In the meantime, nothing is being done for the reson I am here.

    • By: NancyG Posted: March 13, 2020

      Oh no!! So sorry that you are there! Hopefully it will all be clear and you will be released soon. Keep us posted.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 13, 2020

      What a bummer, Laura! That was really bad luck! So sorry. And who is with Jim at home? I do hope you are out soon.
      I am avoiding doctors, hospitals and everything else.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 13, 2020

      What Suzanne said for sure!
      Livid would be a mild term for what I would be thinking!!
      Hope things clear up soon — Hospitals are the Pits.

    • By: Scooter Posted: March 14, 2020

      Oh, my gosh. That’s so frightening. We’ll be holding our breaths until we hear how the results come back.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: March 13, 2020

    Looks like a very nice ride 🙂 I hope all the changes make it worth the whole week wait. I discovered on my bike tours, too, that cycling fitness wasn’t hiking fitness. The cardiovascular fitness certainly helped, but you use your calves in a whole different way hiking. I like the Lone Ranger choice for the horses. Over here, there is a song called The Horses that the Aussies absolutely LOVE. I think you had to grow up with the song to like it. I can’t stand it!! Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnigc08J6FI

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 14, 2020

      Not sure I’d like that song even if I did grow up with it! Not my kind of music.

  5. By: gregblood Posted: March 14, 2020

    I can tell you right now that the highlight of my day so far was seeing a butterfly, a flower bud, a grasshopper, and a snail having a good laugh together. I didn’t even have to understand what they were talking about to enjoy it.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 14, 2020

      No need to understand the text for sure, but “the little man standing in the forest” is a kind of riddle. And the translation makes it sound very silly, but anyway here it is.

      Das Männlein dort auf einem Bein
      mit seinem roten Mäntelein
      und seinem schwarzen Käppelein
      Kann nur die Hagebutte sein.

      The little man standing on one leg
      wearing a red coat
      and black cap
      Can only be the rosehip.

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