‘Wallhalb-Rad’ offers car-free fun Sunday

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Bicyclists, walkers, skaters enjoy route without vehicles
The union communities of Wallhalben, Landstuhl and Thaleischweiler-Fröschen sponsor their fifth car-free adventure day called “Wallhalb-Rad” – biking fun for the whole family Sunday.
The county roads L469 between Landstuhl and Wallhalben and L475 close to motorized traffic from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The car-free road leads from Landstuhl through Wallhalben into the Schwarzbach valley.
On 40 kilometers, bicyclists, hikers and skaters can move through the so-called “mill valley” without having to worry about any cars. Hikers can walk on the mill hiking way, which is parallel to the street.
Villages along the car-free route offer entertaining activities and the chance to rest.
Mayor Hartmut Grimm and the Sickingen County Market Countess Tanja will officially open the event this year at 10 a.m. at the entrance to Thaleischweiler-Fröschen.
The German hospital in Landstuhl, St. Johannis-Krankenhaus, which is one point to begin or end the car-free tour in Landstuhl, celebrates a May fest with Palatinate and Bavarian food specialties and beverages in the yard of its cafeteria.
In each of the towns and at each of the mills along the route, participants of the event can stop, rest and try out a variety of culinary specialties.
Bikers having problems can get help from the bicycle service station and a German Red Cross first aid station in Mittelbrunn. The tourist office “Sickingen-Toruismus” provides information about the area and the association of dog friends offers schwenk steaks, bratwurst, coffee, cake and beverages at the village exit toward Wallhalben.
Past Mittelbrunn, bikers and skaters pass two mills, Scharrmühle and Knoppermühle.
In the center of Wallhalben, hungry visitors can taste potato waffles, smoked trout, salmon filet, gulasch with dumplings and frikadellen.
At Wallhalb-Markt, German Polizei checks the safety of bicycles and codes them. An automobile club gives information about bikes and the German Red Cross provides first aid.
Kneispermühle, Weihermühle and Rosselmühle are some more mills along the car-free route. Weihermühle offers pony riding, a bounce-a-rama and a children’s race track. Rosselmühle is a mill, where the creek still turns the wheel and where grain still is ground to flour.
The last or first station in the south (depending on where participants start) is the town of Thaleischweiler-Fröschen. The bicycle day Wallhalb-Rad ends at 6 p.m.
For more information, check http://www.landstuhl.de or http://www.wallhalben.de.