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.