01 June 2013

Run for the Border - Sundays in My City

No, I'm not on the run from the law (the open borders of the EU make running for the border pointless anyway) and this is not a Taco Bell commercial (I'm happy to say Taco Bell doesn't exist in this country).

I live less than 2 miles from the German border although there really isn't much difference from one side to the other.  I'm not a runner and running isn't my favorite activity so I have to set specific goals when I train.  If I just head out without a plan I won't go very far.  But when you're training for a 12 mile obstacle course, running needs to be part of the training.  So today I decided to run to the border...just because I can.

I headed out the back and took the dirt road through the fields.

Directly behind my house
The dirt road that the dogs and I take most often. Lots of slugs to dodge this time of year.
In the spring the farmers feed their sheep here. They install electric fencing to keep them where they want.  There were no sheep when I left but when I went back out with the dogs they were there. Of course, I didn't have the camera with me then.
This house is at the end of the dirt road (0.75 miles from my house).  The house is very old but the Limburg flag is a new addition.
The view running towards Germany. I ran on the bike path because there are no sidewalks here.
A couple times I had to move to the grassy area to make way for cycling teams.
The German region bordering Limburg.
I couldn't find the Netherlands sign going the other direction.
Speed limits are usually higher in Germany (Deutchland...thus the "D").
The view doesn't change much once you cross the border.
Apparently they've raised the highway speed limit in the Netherlands.  It used to be 120.

Then this happened...I'm used to getting out of the way of cyclists and horses but this?  I don't know what this was. I briefly felt like I was in some sort of sci-fi episode.
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  1. Thank you for taking us on your run. Good luck in your race!

  2. Lovely scenery for your run. I'm impressed... a 12-mile obstacle course? Good luck with your training.

  3. I enjoyed your run! Hope your training goes well.

  4. I can't even run to save my life! I am impressed by what you are doing. What lovely scenery :)

    to answer your question on my blog, yes they did served fried bread and as we were the last in the queue they cooked some more so we had extremely fresh made ones and they were delicious.

  5. Thank you for taking us along on your run, it was fun. I am curious as to why there is the crossed out and 80 on the second part of the panel?
    Have a great week ahead,

    1. The 50kph is in town, when you're out of town (the crossed out town) the limit goes up to 80. That's standard throughout the country. You know you've left town when there's a sign with the town name crossed out.

  6. Ha! The last shot made me chuckle what an odd looking thing


    1. I just stared with my jaw hanging open...I had no idea what to make of it. I've never seen anything like it.

  7. I might walk for the border but I ain't running.

  8. Woooohoooo! Yay! you!!!!! Yes!! you need a plan! :) I'm so proud of you! I didn't know you ran. Very good! Keep us posted on your training!

  9. I find it so amazing that you can just run to Germany. I've never really lived in a place where the border is so close (well, in New England, Canada is pretty close...and it's french canada so you know, that's a pretty big cultural difference).

  10. I like the idea of open borders. I'm not much of a runner even when I'm in top shape. More of a trotter.

  11. Love the photos! What a lovely run, color me jealous. And color me jealous about the open borders too ;)