"Water, Lightening & Mountain Biking" Rhön Sports & Outdoors Tip by Weissdorn

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  Open fields are dangerous in thundershowers
by Weissdorn

Although you will find pick-nick tables and park benches in regular intervals, but you won't find drinking fountains anywhere. Bring enough drinking water with you (at least 1 liter - 2 is better). To keep you body salt household level in order, you should buy a tube of dissolvable isotonic tablets, which are available in any German market or drug store. The come as magnesium, calcium or multi-vitamin forms, and dissolve on contact with water. A tube of tablets is cheaper than a single isotonic drink. This is very important in the summer months, because Germany can have up to 96% relative humidity, which could cause a heat stroke, if your body salt household gets out of balance. If you have to refill your bottles along the way, you can fill them with tap water at any restaurant/bar bathroom. The tap water is perfectly safe to drink. Do not re-fill your bottles in town square fountains.

Germany is so green, because it rains a lot, especially in the summer. The rule of thumb is 3 days of nice weather followed by 4-10 days of rainy weather. This makes rain gear vital. The Rhoen has a somewhat cooler climate, which means it's apt to thundershowers in the spring and late summer. Thunderstorms pose a danger to bikers they might not realize if they live in urban areas, namely lightening strikes. If you get caught in a thunderstorm, you should seek immediate cover. Remember that trees DO NOT protect you. In fact they attract lightening strikes. Open fields are just as bad. If you study your map material, you will find that there often are huts or shelters along the way for thunderstorm protection. Make a footnote in the back of your mind, where the nearest shelters are along the way, if it looks like rain. Even bus stop shelters are adequate protection against thunderstorms. Once you safely reach a shelter, stay here, until the thunderstorm has passed.

Theme: Biking

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  • Written Mar 14, 2006
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