Fitness Log August 2018

Starting to move again This year has been a difficult year as far as my strength and fitness are concerned. I had a few 100 mile and 100 kilometer milestones in the last few years, but when I injured my hip last winter, it all fell apart. Last January it was particularly bad - I couldn’t even walk or stand for more than half an hour. I started to build up my fitness slowly again with a daily half hour routine or stretches and light strength exercises, and eventually I was able to ride the bike again in spring.
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Cycling Log September 2008

2008-09-14 North Point State Park The first half of the route was quite pleasant. The beginning of my return trip was okay and interesting as I took an unmapped road that wasn’t open for general traffic. I don’t know why this road was closed–it was in a very good shape. It was a very nice and without any traffic a safer route than North Point Street. Riding back toward home quickly became more difficult with every additional mile.
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Cycling Log August 2008

2008-08-03 Kelly Ave To be honest, after waking up sweaty I didn’t feel like riding this morning. I felt I needed another day off but I forced myself to go out and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was more pleasant outside than inside the house. I tried to take it easy during the first few miles, but near the Rotunda I was tired already and wanted to return.
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Cycling Log July 2008

2008-07-02 Jones Falls Started out tired but woke up in the first mile or two on the bike. Uphill segments didn’t give me much trouble, but I didn’t feel as energetic as my last ride from/to Mt.Vernon (not logged). Overall very enjoyable and refreshing, especially through the Druid Hill Park. Date/Time: 07/02/2008 06:13 AM Route: Similar to last week’s route through Druid Hill Park to Baltimore Zoo, but didn’t take Druid Park Drive this time.
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Cycling Log June 2008

2008-06-09 Lake Montebello I briefly mentioned in my previous cycling-posts that I was planning to record cycling routes with the gps and create something like a bike-log. I’m starting today with my first log-entry and hope to continue this as often as I can and time permits. There are several ideas and intentions behind this little side-project. I want to record bicycle routes and make some notes about them. I’m mostly interested in the route, the time, the weather and traffic, as well as my own physical condition.
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Neuss-Rhein

The following is another of my favorite routes. It starts at the Volkgarten park and Niers river again, leads east straight through Korschenbroich, passes Kleinenbroich and Büttgen, the A57 Autobahn and continues to the Rhine river at Rheinuferstrasse. This viewpoint is 735 kilometers from the Rhine river’s origin. The route back to Mönchengladbach is almost the same, just in opposite direction. If you continued a few meters further across the river you would find yourself in the metropolitan area of Düsseldorf.

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Niederkrüchten

The last route went east to Mönchengladbach’s neighbor Korschenbroich — the following route will lead through the western neighbor Niederkrüchten, a municipality in the district of Viersen. Living in Baltimore nowadays I haven’t ridden any of these routes for quite a long time, but my memories of the Niederkrüchten route seem to date even further back into the past, because I don’t exactly remember any details about the segment in Niederkrüchten.

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Korschenbroich

The following is a compact little route around my old “neighborhood” - well, sort of. My old home is close to the Volksgarten park and Schloss Rheydt, the old manor-house that already appeared in many of the previous routes. Korschenbroich is the next neighbor town east of Mönchengladbach, situated on the Niers river.

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Niers Route

Part 1

The Niers is a 117.7 kilometer long river that originates near Erkelenz, south of Mönchengladbach. It flows through Mönchengladbach, Viersen, Wachtendonk, Geldern and Goch before flowing into the Meuse in Gennep, just across the border with the Netherlands. The following two bicycle routes don’t follow the entire length of the Niers river into the Netherlands, but approximately half its length from the origin near Erkelenz to Grefrath and a few kilometers beyond. The first Niers route is a round-trip of about 49 kilometers total.

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