Oct 28

Another tour in the Pfalz. A lad could get addicted to these forests and hills. Sensational flow. Today we were riding around Hauenstein, further into the Pfalz forest than the Leinsweiler Tour on Monday. We were rewarded with brilliant trail flow…

Trails galore around Hauenstein

Trails galore around Hauenstein

Well, after my initiation into the world of mountain biking in the Pfalz, I was keen to repeat the experience as soon as possible. It’s about an hours drive away so it takes a little more organization, but it is worth it. The ground is more sandy, being made up of sandstone and limestone. It is soft and pleasant to ride on. There are incredible stone motifs everywhere you look.

We started just outside of Hauenstein and straight away began a fairly steep climb. Our first destination was Hühnerstein (456m) and this was the best view of the day. You climb up this stony outcrop…

and are greeted by spectacular panoramic views. It was early in the morning and the valleys were still draped in a light fog.

Below us, deer were grazing meekly at the forest edge but flitted away suddenly. Perhaps they heard our voices above them.

We headed back into the forest. The trails are a delight to travel. Not too difficult, however the autumn cover of leaves concealed tree roots and ditches, so it was wise to keep my mind on the trail in front of me. Sometimes it was hard even to see where the trail would head, sometimes we would wind along beneath the outcrops of sandstone. Stunning!

Between forest and stone

Between forest and stone

The next stop was Bärenbrunner, along wide forest paths. I like to climb along paths like this. This is a chance to get a rhythm going in my pedals and to chat with my riding partner. I made the mistake of mentioning that I still needed to practice even simple cornering. Before I knew it S. had me following her back wheel, matching her pace and learning how to corner. I can’t stress enough how important some of the simplest mountainbiking skills are, such as riding extremely slowly, or watching the apex of the corner you are negotiating. Of not staring at the obstacles you don’t want to hit, because if you stare at them you will almost certainly hit them!

Easy flow

Easy flow

We rode back down into the valley and then up past the Altdahn castle ruins.

Burgruine Altdahn

Burgruine Altdahn

We’d been riding for a while now and S. informed me that it was just a short distance to our scheduled stop. It’s so nice to have the tour planned out for me :-) . Just up another delightfully pretty trail…

The trail to the view from Dahner Fels

The trail to the view from Dahner Fels

Unclick from our bikes…

The viewing platform from the Dahner Cliffs

The viewing platform from the Dahner Cliffs

Lunch! (or more to the point, Water!!)

OzJeff enjoys a break

OzJeff enjoys a break

I have to admit the photo shooting slowed down from here. After our break we headed down a sensationally great, flowing trail which ran pretty much all the way back to Vierbucher. From there we made one last climb, then back to Hauenstein and our transport.

Well, what can I say. This is a great place to mountain bike.

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Tour around Hauenstein

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