Yes, I admit I got lost in Munich…but wait a minute didn’t you ask the concierge for directions? yes…but didn’t you have a map in your pocket? yes…Let me explain what happened.
As you know from some of my past posts that I am a “runner”. New one (only 4 years) but an earnest runner who has signed up for the New York Marathon. It’s even hard to type that sentence. I’ve never run anything beyond 15 miles and I’m scared beyond words of this huge race I have looming in my near future. shameless plug here: I still need to raise a lot of money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and would love all the help I can get! While in Europe I tried to keep up with my running and the first morning Munich seemed perfect. I went on the route suggested and within less than two miles I entered the most magical park with the Isar River flowing through.
Isar River is more than just a pretty sight. The river, whose waters flow from the Alpine region of Tirol in Austria, has long served as a major city attraction and just from these few pictures you can see how beautiful this area is. As I worked my way along the river it turns into a stretch of the river known as the Eisbach - a tributary of the Isar which runs directly through the Englischer Garten. I came upon these surfers and just had to pause my run long enough for some photos and just plain old-fashioned gaping. Wow…this was so unexpected!
I get moving up the river until I realized that I was putting on more miles than originally planned and turned around at the 4 mile mark. I was just fine until I left the park and then I don’t know what happened…one wrong turn here…another wrong turn there….Temperature rising to 87 degrees…no shade…It hits me that I’m lost and the darn map doesn’t have any of the streets on it that I’m on.
A very helpful German stopped and helped give me directions. I must have been a pitiful site with my hands rubbing my eyes trying to read a sweaty worthless map. I returned to my hotel having logged over 11 miles and sporting a sunburn but getting lost in Munich was so worth it!