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Mam Vëlo op d’Schaff 2018

Mam Vëlo op d’Schaff, in short MVOS, is a yearly bike to work (or school) campaign run by the Verkéiersverbond (National Public Transport Community) from May 15 to July 31. They also encourage the participation of members on social networks; this year the hashtag was #mvos2018.

So I decided to make a Map, using the tools from VeloViewer, which does the job much better and faster than me. 

Bike to work map during #mvos2018 operation
Map of all active transportation during #mvos2018 period.
Summary of Bike to Work
Summary of all active transportation activities during #mvos2018 period (size of the point: elevation gain; colour of the point: average speed)

But I have shot several photos and published 225 of them on my Gallery! Below is a small sample of the landscape I shot either on my way to work, or most likely after work. With the long days I was able to do several (de)tours and explore roads and tracks I have never been before.

Château de Koerich
Château de Koerich (May 15, 2018): First MVOS 2018 detour via Koerich
Hopla geiss: a hook to Koerich Castle for the first day of MVOS2018 (day 82 of #mvos365 in 2018)
Piste cyclable de l'Attert near Eischen
Piste cyclable de l’Attert near Eischen (May 17, 2018)
I really love the #PC12Lux part in the forest between Eischen and Steinfort, will try Hovelange soon. 
Tunnel on PC 12
Tunnel on PC 12 (May 18, 2018)
A “short” (de)tour after work via the famous #Hobscheid tunnel on #pc12lux, following some forest exploration. I’d like to play some trumpet or didgeridoo in there
To be in the right place at the right time
To be in the right place at the right time (May 18, 2018): A golden hour scenery that drivers cannot see. Piste cyclable de l’Attert (PC 12, EuroVelo 5), Hovelange.
To be at the right place at the right time, and an invisible scenery to motorists.
Before the shower
Before the shower (May 23, 2018): I tried to avoid the thunderstorm by going south of it; too bad it also moved south.
Guess what happened next?
It's easier to play in the water when already wet
It’s easier to play in the water when already wet (June 1, 2018)
Ready for a swim to work
Marienthal
Marienthal (June 4, 2018): A village of 105 that has a former monastery
Water, air and wires
Water, air and wires (June 4, 2018): Water tower before a thunderstorm. Quiet road between Goeblange and Nospelt.
Managed to avoid the thunderstorm of the day
Cycles of effort and comfort
Cycles of effort and comfort (June 5, 2018): Asphalt track between Lingten and Blaschette.
Graveling to work
Graveling to work (June 6, 2018)
#mvos2018, done. Today I was privileged not only to cycle to work but also to do a business trip by bike.
Belgium/Luxembourg border
Belgium/Luxembourg border (June 7, 2018): Does crossing a border twice make me a cross border commuter?
In Belgium and in Luxembourg simultaneously
Holenfels castle
Holenfels castle (June 8, 2018)
Contradiction: go or no go?
Contradiction: go or no go? (June 8, 2018): “Malheureusement la Police constate trop souvent que les cyclistes ne savent pas toujours précisément ou se trouve leur place allouée”
Piste cyclable de l'Attert between Steinfort and Eischen
Piste cyclable de l’Attert between Steinfort and Eischen (June 12, 2018)
Trees at an angle
Trees at an angle (June 14, 2018)
Dirty feet
Dirty feet (June 14, 2018)
All ways lead to Rome
All ways lead to Rome (June 15, 2018): At Luxembourg/Belgium border in Martelange
Local cycleway between Preizerdaul and Eschette
Local cycleway between Preizerdaul and Eschette (June 15, 2018)
Sunset near Hivange
Sunset near Hivange (June 26, 2018)
Viewpoint near Hivange
Viewpoint near Hivange (June 26, 2018)
Twilight at the end of the tunnel
Twilight at the end of the tunnel (June 29, 2018): Piste cyclable de l’Attert (PC 12, EuroVelo 5), between Eischen and Hovelange.
Road sign
Road sign (July 2, 2018): Cycled in Belgium while the country was watching the football game
When commuting meets Mullerthal Trail
When commuting meets Mullerthal Trail (July 17, 2018)
Let's make it happen!
Let’s make it happen! (July 19, 2018)
Piste cycblable de l'Attert from above
Piste cycblable de l’Attert from above (July 25, 2018): PC 12 between Hovelange and Eischen from above
Moonrise
Moonrise (July 26, 2018)
Let's roll!
Let’s roll! (July 26, 2018)
Sunset
Sunset (July 26, 2018)
New section of PC 5
New section of PC 5 (July 26, 2018)
Château de Larochette
Château de Larochette (July 26, 2018)
Sunflower
Sunflower (July 26, 2018)
Nouveau château d'Ansembourg
Nouveau château d’Ansembourg (July 31, 2018)
In the heat of the day
In the heat of the day (July 31, 2018)
Welcome to Mullerthal
Welcome to Mullerthal (July 31, 2018)
Bergstraße... on the way between Mamer and Luxembourg
Bergstraße… on the way between Mamer and Luxembourg (July 31, 2018)
Connection between PC 4 and PC 3 in Mertert
Connection between PC 4 and PC 3 in Mertert (July 31, 2018)
On my way between #Mamer and @CityLuxembourg#mvos2018 final day; left the flat behind after 100 km.


Distance contraction
Distance contraction (July 31, 2018)

As mentioned earlier, see more on my photo gallery. Also, if you like seeing pictures of places, you can follow me on Strava.

Autumn hike from Mutzig to Molsheim

A touch of summer in November while hiking in the woods and vineyards.
Start: Mutzig train station
End: Molsheim train station
Length: 13.5 km
Track: GPX file or GPSies link.
Photos: photo gallery and photo map.

Hangman
Hangman – it was the week of Halloween. Noticed a lawyer’s name on the letter box next to this.
House
House – an old but still inhabited house in Mutzig
Chapelle Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs (Heilighiesel)
Chapelle Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs (Heilighiesel) – unfortunately not a peaceful place as it lies next to a busy road.
(not so wild) life
(not so wild) life – at the second we stepped into their field, they came to us to see what’s going on.
Eating leaves
Goat eating fallen leaves like I would eat a bowl of peanuts.
Direction signs
Direction signs – at this stage we left the yellow circle to follow the red symbols.
Steps
Here we starting climbing. It’s a steep but very short climb.
Rocher du Geissfels
Rocher du Geissfels – where this narrow trail took us to
Vegetal revenge
The tree revenge – metal blended by the growing tree
Leaf
Many leaves from various trees
Forest
Changing direction but staying on the marked trail
Forest track
The forest path became a track
Tracks
Where the tracks meet
Misleading directions
This sign is to be rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise
Panorama
Panorama
Not-so-green salad
Lunch break: a not-so-green salad
The outlook
The outlook
bench
Our picnic bench
Leaving the pass
Leaving the pass
Autumn colours
Autumn colours – back to the forest
Litter
Littering is one thing I do not understand.
Vineyard
Autumn vineyard – all shades of yellow, orange and red
Warm November
Yes, it’s November…
Grapes
Grapes
Grapes
Some old grapes; vendanges tardives?
Grapes
Grapes
Pinot noir
Pinot noir information board
More grapes
More grapes
Vineyards
Closed hut at risk of collapse in the vineyards.
Vineyard
Orange and red vineyard
Enjoying the weather
Enjoying the weather.
Another vineyard
Another vineyard
Plaine d'Alsace
View towards “Plaine d’Alsace” and the Black Forest
Horse
Horse one
Horse
Horse two
Vignoble de Dorlisheim
Vignoble de Dorlisheim
Old apples
Old apples
Old apple
Old apple
Old apple
Dried apple on an old apple tree
Church
Protestant church in Dorlisheim
Church
Around Dorlisheim church
Eurovelo 5
Cycling directions featuring Eurovelo 5 and Véloroute du Vignoble d’Alsace signs
Bee
Bees are still outside

Hike map:

Visit to Flanders

Caught the train to Bruges, with a stop in Brussels and Ostend.

Panoramic train
Panoramic train

Bruges (Brugge)

Horseman of the Apocalypse
Horseman of the Apocalypse – From the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Death – War – Revolution – Hunger. Pik Poot
Brugge city centre
Brugge city centre
Brugge city centre
Brugge city centre
A waffle Chez Albert
A waffle Chez Albert
Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
Chien Assis
Chien Assis
(Not) a courtyard
(Not) a courtyard

Canal

Canal
Canal
Ten Wijngaerde
Ten Wijngaerde
Ten Wijngaerde
Ten Wijngaerde
Flowers at Ten Wijngaerde
Flowers at Ten Wijngaerde
Flowers at Ten Wijngaerde
Flowers at Ten Wijngaerde
Cycling
Cycling. Node-related signaling is very popular in Flanders
Canal
Canal
Mill
Mill
Mill
Mill
Kabouter
Kabouter

Ostend (Oostende)

Bike parking at Ostend station
Bike parking at Ostend station
Bike paniers in Oostende
Bike paniers in Oostende, Belgium style.
Sint-Petrus-en-Pauluskerk
Sint-Petrus-en-Pauluskerk
Rock strangers
Rock strangers – Nationaal Monument voor de Zeelieden in the background
Ostend shoreline
Ostend shoreline
Sandy beach
Sandy beach
Beach huts
Beach huts

Brussels

A brief stopover in Brussels

Grand-Place
Grand-Place
Manneken Pis
Crowds at Manneken Pis
Grand-Place panorama
Grand-Place panorama

 

Hike Dambach-la-Ville

Start/Finish: Dambach-la-Ville train station
Length: ~16 km
Itinerary:

Dambach-la-Ville hike
Dambach-la-Ville hike

Photo gallery:

Memorial
Memorial
Fountain
Fountain
Can you find the stork?
Can you find the stork?
EuroVelo 5
Véloroute du Vignoble d’Alsace (part of EuroVelo 5) goes via Dambach-la-Ville
Chapelle Saint-Sébastien
Chapelle Saint-Sébastien
Ossuary
Ossuary: ce que vous êtes nous l’étions et ce que nous sommes vous le deviendrez.
View over Dambach-la-Ville
View over Dambach-la-Ville
Bibelefelsen rocks
Bibelefelsen rocks
Château du Bernstein
Château du Bernstein
Château du Bernstein
Château du Bernstein
Sign(ed) poem
Sign(ed) poem
Forest track
Forest track
Ortenberg Castle
Ortenberg Castle; do not confuse with Ortenberg Castle in Schwartzwald.
Scenery
Scenery
Hiking path
Hiking path
Tic tac toe wall
Tic tac toe wall
Coat of arms
Coat of arms