Just Ride: The Last Commute

The last commute for a while anyway.

The past months I have ridden to Pasing on the outskirts of Munich about three times a week. That’s where my tai chi school is and the gym where I work out in an attempt to maintain a little strength that doesn’t come automatically just because I ride my bike a lot. For me the little 24 km ride was part of the exercise package. I enjoyed exploring as many different variations on the route as possible and I always made sure I got a picture for my Cycle Days Challenge on the way. Another bonus from my mornings in Pasing was that Janos would have lunch waiting for me when I got home! The new lockdown in Germany has closed both the tai chi school and the gym for all of November, and who knows if they will be able to open again in December.

Here are some pictures from my Pasing ride last Saturday.

Much of the ride is through residential areas, but there are also stretches through parks and wooded areas. This is about 5 km from home.

Regardless of the route I take, all of the ride is on quiet, bicycle-friendly roads. This round-about which seems quite unnecessary, there is so little traffic here.

The construction sites on the way are no problem for a bicycle.

On they way I pass two house where I lived in my previous life. We lived in this house in the early 1970’s.

Here I am at the fitness studio. I can’t help it if their color is pink and the name is corny. They offer a terrific workout program.

Not far down the road is the tai chi school, behind the building in the picture.

Crossing the Würm in the Pasing Stadtpark on the way back. As pretty as it is , I don’t usually cycle through the park – too many joggers, families with kiddies on tiny two-wheelers and people with dogs. I am happy to leave the park to them.

There are several bicycle and pedestrian bridges over the autobahn that I can choose from.

Another house that we lived in so many years ago. I rode past it several times before I recognized it. It has undergone significant changes and doesn’t resemble our little house at all any more.

The route I took last Saturday

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 "Just Ride: The Last Commute"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: November 2, 2020

    Early 70’s? You two must be nearing your 50th anniversary! That’s such sad news about your class, and of course even sadder about the state of the pandemic. Hopefully you’ll see improvements and society loosens up again before too long.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: November 2, 2020

      That was my first marriage,Scott. Janos and I have been together for “just” a little over 20 years.

  2. By: BobinVT Posted: November 2, 2020

    Suzanne, it looks like such a pleasant ride. So much variety. Here’s hoping the lockdown is lifted in December and you can get back to it.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: November 2, 2020

      I hope so, too. Even if I can’t cycle there due to the weather.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 2, 2020

    Very nice route to commute on.
    All the Best on the Light Lock down, very similar to what we have here.
    I see Austria and France are also reintroducing restrictions.
    We need to do similar here — Oh, wait.
    We have “turned the corner on Covid” — how could I have forgotten that? 😉

    • By: Suzanne Posted: November 2, 2020

      Fortunately the restrictions here aren’t as severe as in France and Austria. Still so many people stupidly resist any restrictions at all. They aren’t in the majority but they are loud.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: November 2, 2020

    That looks like a really lovely route to ride – especially so with the changing leaves. The colour of the sign and the attitude portrayed makes me think they should have called it Ms Sporty instead of Mrs Sporty. I hope you can continue tai chi at home to get you through this period. I got some 2.5kg hand weights to keep my frozen shoulder from stiffening back up – but you could certainly use those in a workout following youtube videos if you wanted something simple to keep you going a little bit. I think the evidence shows the earlier you can get the lockdown going, the less explosive the case growth will be. Good luck – I’m glad you can still get out on the bike though!

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: November 2, 2020

    You are right, Em, I can do a lot at home. I practice tai chi at home even when we do have classes and now we will have instruction using Zoom. Not the same, but a fine temporary solution.

    I mostly use 3 kg weights for my workout and I have now ordered a set. My routine, a mix of cardio, strength and balance exercises, is also accessible online. It just requires a little more self-discipline to work out regularly at home.

  6. By: NancyG Posted: November 3, 2020

    I wish we would have more temporary but severe lockdowns here, and less stupid choices to believe we have “turned the corner” so do not follow the protocol of restrictions. Sigh.

    Thanks for showing us your interesting and picturesque commute.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: November 3, 2020

      Just hoping that the lockdown in this form is effective… Restaurant owners are complaining the most since they have already invested a lot of money making their dining areas safe, installing outdoor heaters, etc. and now they have to close anyway – which I think is tough but sensible.

  7. By: Seasidejanet Posted: November 3, 2020

    Beautiful ride…..will you be allowed to bike on this lockdown? would be tuff not to be able to get out there for me and you too I am sure!!

  8. By: Bill Stone Posted: November 3, 2020

    What a lovely commute! Your beautiful photos will make everyone want to pedal over to Mrs Sporty.

  9. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: November 4, 2020

    The only Covid here is from returned Australian citizens who are locked into hotels for 2 weeks quarantine. Hopefully a vaccine and quick test kit will come out soon.

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