Former member and past club president Robert Mitchell was guest speaker at the meeting last Thursday, when he gave an inspiring talk on a cycle tour he made in 2013 entitled “Martin Luther Recycled”.
This was Rob’s sixth tour of the Saxony region of Germany, hence the title. Rob gave a brief history of Martin Luther, the German theologian who was born in the town of Eisleben in 1483 and was instrumental in the reform of the Catholic Church. The cycle tour began in Eisleben and progressed through beautiful countryside and villages, where accommodation had been booked in advance, often in guest houses and sometimes in youth hostels. One such place was Colditz Castle, now a hostel, but formerly, a prison for soldiers of the allied forces during WWII and the subject of many escape attempts at that time, Rob jokingly said he “dressed as an old cyclist to escape.”
The tour was an education, with Rob’s photography providing fine images of the adventure, all backed-up by his informative commentary. Anna Lee, in her vote of thanks, commented that, as Rob has shown, more can be seen on a bike than by car travel.
The meeting on October 16 will be at the Borders Art Glass studio at Galalaw, Hawick, with Peter Holmes.