Bike Touring Highlight
As Old Ride a disused section of the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal Dattelner Meer is called. The 8,650-meter section stretches from Datteln (channel kilometer 21.5) to behind Olfen (30.3 km).
The Dortmund-Ems Canal was opened in 1899. In the area of the Old Ride, the channel was provided with particularly high dams, at 5,600 meters higher than twelve and at 2,775 meters higher than nine meters. In addition, five canal overpasses had been built in this area, three roads and Lippe and Stever crossing. From 1929 to 1937, the first new, brisk line was built by Datteln in the direction of Lüdinghausen. Overall, the Dortmund-Ems Canal has received eight "second journeys". They had become necessary in order to take account of the increased volume of traffic with larger types of ships. In particular, the bridge structures, which did not allow ships to navigate, previously delayed the rapid transport of goods. The construction was also a job creation measure of the National Socialists, after their seizure by prisoners from the concentration camp Börgermoor completed.
July 10, 2015
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