Two itineraries aimed at fitness walkers & leisure walkers
I have a T-shirt showing a road sign with an image of a kangaroo and a diagonal line through it and a acaption that reads: “No Kangaroos in Austria.” My then young-teen son brought it to me from a People to People exchange program to Europe. When I think of a group of Australians heading the Austria, that shirt comes to mind.
The Nordic Walking Academy, which brought a group to the Alps last year, is oganizing two back-to-back trips to in June 2011, so there will be a bunch of folks from the land of the kangaroos to the Austria for a Nordic Walking itinerary in the Alps of Austria, German, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Dates: Leisure Tour (1½ to 3 hours of Nordic Walking daily) Monday, June 6 through Wednesday, June 15; Fitness Tour (2½ to 4+ hours of walking), Saturday, June 18 through Monday, June 27.
Tour leaders Patrick Burtschler grew up in the Grosses Walsertal, a glorious UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in western Austria where the program is based, and Maree Farnsworth lived there with him for several years, to they know the territoryand speak the local dialect. Participants meet at the main railway station in the town of Feldkirch in western Austria, so it would hook in well with other travels in Europe. The cost of the trip does not include air fare, so there’s mostly likely no reason for Nordic Walkers from elsewhere not to sign up — except that they won’t participate in the 6-week preparation. Click here for details of the entire program including cost and signup deadlines — and enticing photos, and I wish I could include a larger version in this post than the one (above left) that I captured from their website. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.