Saturday, 24 May 2014

April cycling Luxembourg City - Berdorf - Moesdroff

Piste Cyclable Luxembourg - Echternach (PC2) is 43 km long. It has been a long lasting favourite, but I haven't done it for long time. This time I didn't do it all either, but most of it anyway. Starting from Bonnevoie, to Luxembourg Centere - Kirchberg - Senningerberg - Rameldange - Ernster - Gonderange - Eschweiler - Beidweiler - Rippig - Hemstal - Bech - Wolper - Consdorf - Berdorf (coffee pause and strawberry sandwiches at the house of friends), then Grundhof - Dillingen - Reisdorf - Moesdroff.

The track as recorded by Sports tracker. This time the app didn't fail me, like many times before.


In the City we suddenly became a tourist attraction sans egal.
Asian tourists taking photos of us

The Red Bridge leads to Kirchberg where European Institutions are located.

European parliament translation service twin towers.

The same one morning earlier.
Morning mist

Out of the city! Luxembourg forests are wonderful at all season.
Road to Senningerberg

Caltha palustris (kingcup, marsh marigold, Finnish: rentukka, 驢蹄草, Sumpfdotterblume) is a perennial herbaceous plant of the family Ranunculaceae (buttercups), native to marshes, fens, ditches and wet woodland in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Palustris (latin) means "of the marsh". Just like many buttercups, it is poisonous. (Have you ever seen cows eat buttercups? They don't). Some people get rash by only handling Caltha palustris. Marsh-marigolds are in decline as agricultural land continues to be drained. That is a pity, since this plant is very pretty. No wonder it is commonly mentioned in literature, including Shakespeare:
Winking Marybuds begin
To open their golden eyes.

One of the easiest places to appreciate Caltha palustris is on the Piste cyclable 2 between Rammeldange and Ernster. I have seen it in other places, but this is the most impressive.

Junglinster has many interesting historical, cultural sites and beautiful nature, but for me, the most interesting is the Unesco heritage site, the Junglinster Radio station.

Junglinster Longwave Transmitter went into service in 1932. Its aerial consists of three free-standing steel-framework towers, which are ground fed radiators. These towers formed a directional aerial for the frequency 234 kHz and until 1980 were 250 metres high. Since 1980 their height has been 215 metres.

Junglinster longwave transmitter was at time of inauguration one of the most powerful transmitters in the world. It was discovered that its signal can under some conditions show cross modulation with other radio stations by ionospheric reflection (the so called Luxembourg effect). This phenomenon was named Luxembourg Effect after the circumstance that it was first detected at the signal of this transmitter in Luxemburg.

Radio Luxembourg, 208 meters

Also at the site of Junglinster Longwave Transmitter are the shortwave transmitters of RTL, at the frequencies 6090 kHz and 15350 kHz were used. Transmitting on 6090 kHz, it is of special interest as it was (until the 80s) one of the best known radio stations in Germany and several radio sets had a special switch for its reception, the so-called "Luxemburg"-switch. Today this transmitter works in DRM-mode.

This is the antenna for digital (DRM) test transmissions for short wave. There are not many receivers available, tho.
Unesco heritage site and experimental antenna

Reflection of the radio mast.
R. Luxembourg mast reflection

Antenna structure
Antenna structure

Only few kilometers further from Junglinster we spot the masts of another radio station. It is the Beidweiler longwave transmitter that replaced Junglinster transmitter in 1972. The Junglinster longwave transmitter is now only a spare.

The Beidweiler Longwave Transmitter is a high-power broadcasting transmitter for the French-speaking programme of RTL radio on the longwave frequency 234 kHz. The Beidweiler longwave transmitter uses a directional antenna consisting of three 290 metre tall guyed masts, each equipped with a cage antenna. The output of this antenna is mostly directed toward Paris. The transmitter, which had at time of inauguration in 1972 a transmission power of 1400 kW, which was pushed up to 2000 kilowatts in 1974 belongs to the most powerful broadcasting stations in the world.
Beidweiler Longwave 2000 kW

The legendary Radio Luxembourg on 1439 kHz (later 1440 kHz) was working from the North of Luxembourg, the Marnach transmitter.

Another photo of Beidweiler mast, now embracing the moon.
Beidweiler mast embrace moon

Junglinster hosts a monument for the victims of traffic accidents "Op Wäimrecht". It was inaugurated in 2012. While the overall number of road deaths in the EU has roughly halved over the past decade, they have increased  in Luxembourg for several years in a row. Back in 2001, EU-wide there were 113 road deaths per million inhabitants. By 2013, this number had decreased to 52, but Luxembourg had 87! Poland had the same figure and only Romania had more deaths (92), while Denmark, UK, Sweden and Holland had around 30! Why?? More statistics about road deaths in different countries.

This is fake!

Cyclists dream.

This cone allow you to learn what is echo.

The Piste cyclable 2 follows in the most part an old narrow (1000 mm) rail railway track from Luxembourg City to Echernach. People called it with the name "de Charli" or "Chareli". In 1954 the train was replaced by bus service. This is the only tunnel of the Charli, close to Bech. In the other end of the tunnel there is a camping site build around an old railway station.

Can you see and hear the steam locomotive Charly?

Birch trees make me emotional. Anybody who was born in the North of Europe or Russia understands why.

Consdor - Berdorf area is popular among the Dutch tourists during summer season.

Berdorf is famous for Berdorder keis, Berdorf cheese The new water tower is nice as well.
Berdorf chateau d'eau

After a cup or two of cappuchino it is easy to smile again, sort of.

These girls have cool piercings and tattoos. Usually piercings and tattoos suck, but here they are beautiful.
Piercings and tattoos look good on these ladies

The downhill from Berdorf to river Sauer valley was awesome, but due to the high speed, no photos. This is already down in the river valley.
By the river Sauer

The last photo is from the track following river Sauer to Ettelbruck.
Reisdorf to Moesdorff

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