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| Sat 20 May 2023 in Frankfurt am Main:|
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In the forest close to the Naturfreundehaus Billtalhöhe.
The hash point was near a path in a nearby forest, and the sunny Saturday beckoned me outside.
To the hash point
I took my bike and rode to the local train station. From there, I transferred to a bus after three stops to reach the quaint town of Königstein (im Taunus). On the bus, I noticed some passengers wearing beautiful medieval robes. It turned out there was a medieval fair in the castle ruins of Königsstein this weekend. However, without proper attire and with my bike, I didn't enter the fair.
From the beautiful old town center, I followed the Woogbach around the hill whereon the castle ruins sit, enjoying the amazing scenery along the way. After crossing the Rombach, the path became more intense, with a 200m climb without respite until I reached the hash point.
At the hash point
The hash point was in the forest about 20m off the path. It was relatively easy to reach since it was dry and had minimal underbrush. However, the exact hash point was in the middle of some bushes and small trees. Nevertheless, I managed to locate it accurately. Even though it was just a random spot in the forest like many others, it was still very pleasant, with soft moss under my feet, the sun shining through the leaves, and birds chirping in the wind.
I arrived early at 15:33, so after taking the prerequisite pictures, I enjoyed a well-deserved afternoon lunch break. Since no other hash point hunters showed up by 16:10, I got back on my bike to make the longer but mostly downhill trip back to Oberursel, where I originally transferred from the train to the bus.
Riding past the Naturfreundehaus Billtalhöhe, I reached the B8 (Limburger Straße), which was exciting because of its super smooth asphalt and steep downhill section, allowing for high speeds. However, it was a busy "highway" without any separated bike lanes, therefore also a bit scary. Fortunately, I only needed to ride on it for 1.2 km, which flew by at quite high speeds. Once I got back onto forest paths, I rode up small final climb into Falkenstein.
A significant portion of this entire region is quite wealthy, and Falkenstein boasts some incredibly beautiful houses. It is a prime location next to the forest, on top of the hill, offering great views.
I followed the Arbeiterweg out of Falkenstein, which turned into the Kaiserin-Friedrich-Weg and, finally, the Altkönigweg. At the last crossing, near the Emminghaushütte, I realized my major blunder with this trip: The superb Flowtrail Bad-Endbach started there (and even went in the right direction), but I was on my regular city/touring bike, not my mountain bike. Unfortunately, I didn't realize I would come across the Flowtrail on this trip, so I didn't think to bring the mountain bike. Therefore, I had to skip it and ride straight to my destination of Oberursel. With a few minutes to spare before catching my train, I explored the historic town center of Oberursel, which was very nice and definitely worth another expedition.
Overall, the nearly 14 km ride back was pure bliss because it was mostly downhill the entire way. I definitely made the right call in that regard.