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_ October 15, 1993 !,458 miles The Message w for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana IIIII IIIII I I III IIIIIIII I III I /I J i iii i i ii ilU iii ii Father Lutterbach cycles through Poland, East Germany This is the thirtieth consecu- tive year that Father Albertus Lutterbach has taken a bike trip; this summer the Bramble pastor rode his bike 1,458 miles through Poland and the former East Germany. On July 5, he left Evansville and flew into Frankfort, Ger- many. From Frankfort, his first stop was the city of Halle. He rode 35 miles his first day in Europe and spent the night in a field. • Wednesday, July 7: He ar- rayed in Leipzig, toting 35 pounds on his rear carrier. After riding 72 miles, he slept on the banks of the Elbe River near Dresden. Thursday, July 8: He rode into Dresden, a city of 500,000. He wrote, "It was firebombed by British and American bombers in 1945 and totally destroyed. You d never know it by looking today I biked through the old city and the new city. Thirty miles north of here, Russian and American troops met at Torgau on !he Elbe in April '45 and cut Ger- many in two. "At a gas station on the way to the Polish border, a lady COmplained how the commu- rests had taken everything of value _ tractors, lawn mow- ers, even wrenches, when they left in October of 1989." Father Lutterbach biked onto the bridge over the Neisse River i-" - aco Poland and began using the language he h:sd been studying for nine month . Friday, July 9: "I went to hoama°ney exchange in Gorlitz , • a, and became a million- theygaalre' i gav e them $100 ao:d ,,00000,000 zw , .-m. ces are cheap in Poland i ate th-- - " wit k L -ee eggs, two toasts " oUtter and two cups of coffee tbr $7.50 in Germany. In Poland, it cost $2.50." Father Lutterbach found that Poles love to tell jokes about the inefficiency of com- munism. "The salesman tells the new car buyer, 'Your car will be delivered on Friday, 10 years from today.' The buyer protests, 'Please, not Friday. That's when the plumber is coming.'" Saturday, July 10: There is no priest shortage in Poland. In Otawa, there were three priests assigned to the parish of 600 families. Sunday, July 11: "I biked into Opole and past the cathe- dral. There was standing room only at all 12 Masses on Sun- day. There were nine priests assigned there." Monday, July 12: "I biked to Lubliniec for a delicious breakfast• I biked 20 more miles to the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Four million came last year." The Poles credit Our Lady with saving their country. Tuesday, July 13: "[ biked into Auschwitz this morning. A big sign reminds parents that children under 13 are not al- lowed to enter the camp, visit the museum or watch the films• "Here, in cell block 15, Fa- ther Maximilian Koble gave his life for a married man and his family. I toured several of the barracks which contained rooms for the shoes, eye glasses and suitcases of the victims. I also visited the gas chamber, the crematories and the public hanging square. I biked three kilometers to Birkenau which was the 40- acre addition to Auschwitz. There are about 30 of the 200 barracks still standing. Wednesday, July 14: Fa- ther Lutterbach biked to the birthplace house of John Paul II and then headed to Za- kopane, 50 miles away on the Czech border. Thursday, July 15: "I had a tasty breakfast looking out at the beautiful Carpathian mountains around Zakopane, the "Vail" of Poland. I biked around town, then headed fbr Krakow, 68 miles north. It was cold and rainy. My lips became chapped on some of the fast de- scents in the mountains. It rained most of the day. [ was lucky to find an apartment under construction at the city limits and I slept there. 75 miles today." Saturday, July 17: "I had to ride 25 miles to find break- fast. I biked on toward Grojec; the roads were now flat. I slept SENIOR CITIZENS SAVE ON AUTO INSURANCE Call us today for discounts New Low Rates! 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His brutal death by the communists helped solidify Polish opposi- tion to communist rule and his grave is a 'must see' for all Poles. "Next I biked to and through the Warsaw ghetto and its monument, the Umschlags Platz. "I biked out of Warsaw and found a smooth grassy field to sleep in. Sixty miles today." Wednesday, July 21: "In Gdansk, I biked to the old city, to St. Mary's Basilica, and down the famous Mariacka Street. I camped near the Baltic Seashore. Seventy-five miles today," Saturday, July 24: "l crossed the border into Ger- Father Albertus Lutterbach, pastor at St. Joseph Church, Bramble, took his thirtieth consecutive bike trip this sum- mer. This year he visited Poland and the former East Ger- many. many and made a check call at Gartz to my sister Sally EI- sner. I exchanged money and noticed immediately the effort that reunification of East and West Germany in higher taxes on everything." Sunday, July 25: "I biked 30 miles and entered Berlin from the East. "It was especially thrilling to return to the exact spot of the Berlin Wall that I pho- tographed in 1984. Now it is just a sidewalk. I slept in a wooden area in the Berlin sub- urb of Charlottenberg. Fifty miles today. "Next to Paris, I think Berlin is the most beautiful city I've biked in." I i , i i ,t, MILLER & MILLER ",4 family name you can trust" 424-9274 I Funeral Homes Four ZIEMER-SHEARS ons EAST CHAPEL Convenient Locati 800 S. HEBRON AVE. Monday, July 26: Father Lutterbach cycled to Wannsee and Potsdam. He writes, "Here, in 1945, Truman, Churchill and Stalin decided the fate of Poland and Eastern Europe." He then rode to Wittenberg and visited the "theses doors" where Father Luther nailed his 95 theses. Tuesday, July 27: "I took the train for 260 miles from Wittenberg to Frankfort. I biked 12 miles to the airport, checked out my reservation and cycled one mile from the arport to sleep in a dense woods." Wednesday, July 28: [ cy- cled one mile t) the Flughaven. put my bike in a box and boarded the US Air flight We flew at 37,000 feet. over Ams- terdam, Glasgow, Gander. Montreal, Syracuse and o Pittsburgh. It was a nine-hour flight and a 33-hour day. My brother-in-law Linus Elsner picked me up at the Evansville airport." Father Lutterbach says of his trip, "I thought the Poles were extremely intelligent and religious people. "I cycled 1,458 miles and rode the train for 620 miles. "Next year? The Lord will- ing, maybe the Czech Republic Slovakia and Hunga-!"