... this time! A two-day trip to the lake area where the industrial cities get their water from: The Sauerland with its many reservoirs. Meinerzhagen is located on the "Listertal"-reservoir, which was only recently (1970s) created, flooding a village, which is today visited by divers ... The distance was ninety-something each way.
Well, the ride on Friday was sunny and quite enjoyable, especially so since most of the very hilly landscape was made "bike friendly" by turning several abandoned railroad tracks into very comfortable bike lanes.
In Wipperfürth I came across a memorial site on that defunct railroad indicating that this was the central point of redestribution of POWs and other displaced persons who came to North-Rhine-Westfalia after the War. Here they could find information about their lost or scattered families and could then be sent off in the right direction. These centres were quite important in different parts of Germany to help families get together again after the turmoils of the war ...
The campsite was agreeable, being situated on the lake - the ride there was pretty tough for me, as I had expected.The return trip was cool in the morning (only 5 degrees) and turned wet during the day. I had to pack in my tent completely wet and was glad I didn't have to use it another cold and wet night. My bike computer added up 1250 meters on the way there and 1180 meters on the way back. I wonder why the gps-track shows "only" 873 meters on the way back. I'd like to find out which comes closer to the truth ...
Some pictures under the map
Defunct railroad bridge
Refugee distribution point
Memorial of Refugee Distribution Camp
These "Railbuses" were used to take refugees to Köln and other big cities
Information center on wind power
View of one of many reservoirs ...
Listersee near Meinerzhagen - my destination for today