The Polar Bear Club

It was an abrupt transition from +30°C at 10 pm in Bangkok to 0°C at midday a day later. But we aren’t letting that deter us! Our local bicycle club as of this winter has introduced winter rides. We were away for the first three, but on this frosty but sunny January day we decided to join them. Actually, I felt obliged since on a warm afternoon last summer I had asked if the club also rode in the winter. It was an innocent question but Sebastian, our group leader, took it seriously and initiated the “Eisbärtouren”.
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I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

7 response to "The Polar Bear Club"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 3, 2020

    The frost looks very familiar — while temperature is a factor, a greater one is the wind.
    Good that you made the suggestion back in the summer.

    Took me a while — Eisbar = Polar Bear? Looked it up but the site was in German — there are a LOT of letters in many of the words!!

    • By: Suzanne Posted: January 3, 2020

      Right, Eisbaer is polar bear! Btw when there is an ä,ö or ü in a word, you can transcribe it by placing an e after the vowel. Not correcting you, I just thought that might interest you.
      Many German words are so long because they are actually a composite of many words, as you probably noticed. This one is often quoted: Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft, Danube Steamboat Travel Company

  2. By: NancyG Posted: January 3, 2020

    How fantastic Suzanne — you have grasped winter riding and brought others along with you. Way to go!!!!

  3. By: Scooter Posted: January 3, 2020

    Those photos of the road builders are amazing. You can hardly believe that they really build them this way,

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: January 5, 2020

    What a nice winter ride – good on you for encouraging them! I always think of Germans as being quite hardy – I’ve been on top of rocky 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado and they have hiked up in sandals with all of their stuff in a plastic shopping bag instead of a backpack. I cannot see that cold would deter many of them 🙂

  5. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: January 10, 2020

    Two friends cycled Myanmar 2 years ago and another is over there right now. All commented on the women working on the roads so it was good to see from your pictures what they are talking about. Thank you.

    Wonderful temple pictures too but I imagine the atmosphere was very different to your last visit 12 years ago. Difficult to “feel” the place if there is a lot of people around.

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