The multi angle route of the EUROGLIDE 2002 is very well chosen, from Aachen
(Eifel), France, South and East Germany untill Öerlinghausen on a good day,
with the modern gliders, a flight of over 1000km is most likely over the
central european "Mittelgebirge". The only handicap are the restrictions
over Belgium, Luxembourg and the big Paris TMA! A turnpoint E of Trier
might give better routes?
Near Ulm I was just working a cloudstreet, so I didn't bother the detour to
the AKW (atomic electrical plant) however the going near the Nordlinger Ries
went slow and I diverted under a big cloud over Donauwörth. The good climb
made me belief "gliding starts here at 19 00 in the eve".
The thermal day was now surely ending, so before a final climb, I dropped
the WB. With all the bugs and still a westerly wind, I kept sitting now on
my span for best L over D, to stretch the final glide as far as possible.
This brought me to Nittenau Bruck at 400m over the small strip in a forest.
While circling the area, I didn't get a good feeling, porc feeding lots, in
all a shoddy impression. What the heck, I can proceed to Cham. So after a
1000m engine climb, I enjoyed the nice panorama of the Bayerischer Wald and
the barock city of Cham.
While taxiing back from the small macadam rwy, I
noticed the grass was very wet and soft, had to give quite some power not to
get stuck. First happy greeting by glider pilots and a big "Weissbier", that
realy did me good. And YA/YES he was here too. Glider parked and tied down
and we got a lift to the city, for food and yes, a hotel or B&B.
hotels full and lucky I got a nice room in a catholic convention and seminar
complex. If the fathers would take me in their prayers, the next day
couldn't go wrong, the thermals rising with their prayers to heaven!
Remember:-- and god created the seven seas and seven heavens--, it is a
pilots and navigators world.
OK , back to YA team for some more Weissbier and a light meal. Bayern is
worth a visit for its friendly people, landscapes, cities and food and
Back in the room a quick check of my chargers, a "cat"-wash and a well
earned sleep all for only 18 EU.
Still relaxing at the breakfast, I did read
in the morningnews, that they had a big fire in Nittenau, not exectly a
place for a pilot and his glider to be on the ground,
3 days flown now, with almost 1600km, + 250 free km and 400 km to go. Will
the weather stay?
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