Thursday, July 24, 2014

Elleg & Reuterwanne

Thursday evening again, as every week. The weather was surprisingly good for a Thursday, lots of sun, but cloudy to the end.
Set of punctually at 18.45 from the gym towards Bayerstetten, where we met/overtook Group 2 before carrying on around the back of Reichenbach to the Grüntensee. I still had my sunglasses on, but in the forest they where more of a hindrance as a help, so off the went. I think Inge had a puncture at one point but it was fixed so fast that I am not sure it really was one. Carried on around the Grüntensee with a beautiful sunshine shining across the lake. Got some really good pictures of a surprisingly calm Grüntensee. After that it was up the Elleg and across some of its field. Motto of the day: Where there a field there is a way.
At one point a nearly absolute disaster happened, Matthias probably had so much power that the chain actually ripped in half (it could also be old age, but who knows). Luckily for him and us another fellow was there which doesn't bike with us too often (Karl-Heinz) who had a complete kit to fix that sort of problem, so we where all back on the bikes in under ten minutes. Biked along some back way behind Wertach before we came back down to the sawmill and went round the back and up towards the Reuterwanne past the Alpe Toni. A rather embarrassing situation, as the two youngest (Matthias and me) where at the back by a large margin when we reached the Untere Reuterwanne. We also met Group 2 there which had just come down the trail the other way and had sat down for a drink.
After we had stopped for a short rest, the Groups split up a bit. Most of Group 2 carried on down the way we had come up and then along the main road back to Nesselwang, as it was getting dark already. Dad came with Group 1 as he was felling fit and healthy, but we also split up a bit further uphill. About half went back down into the valley to Jungholz and then the same way Group 2 went, while the rest carried up towards the Obere Reuterwanne and then biked down the front to Reichenback in darkness. We reached the Bistro after everybody else had, but without any problems and then had some drinks.
Track at GPSies, pictures at Picasa, Dads blog here and a link to Sepps report here.

Time in saddle: 3 hours0
Average speed: 11.6 km/h
Distance: 34.2 km

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