Nachdem ich privat und beruflich viel in Deutschland und im Ausland unterwegs gewesen bin, habe ich nun das Fahrradfahren für mich neu entdeckt. Vor ein paar Jahren schafften wir uns dann zunächst gute Trekking-Bikes (Gudereid und Cube) an und irgendwann wurde die erste Mehrtagestour geplant. Zunächst 6 Tage, aber schnell stand für uns fest das es mal länger sein sollte und so machten wir ein 16-tägige-Tour. Seit einiger Zeit haben wir nun E-Bikes (Winora und Haibike) um unseren Radius zu vergrössern. Der westliche Niederrhein und das benachbarte Ausland bieten dafür wunderschöne Möglichkeiten und ebenso sind bereits wieder größere Touren in Planung.
- 04:4146.6 mi9.9 mph825 ft825 ft
Even today we went on tour and again very little by the water, but overall we had a wonderful day.Around noon we started in Süchteln and first drove along the Niers to Mönchengladbach Airport. From there we went via Kleinenbroich to Glehn to the Ambientehof, where the first refreshment awaited us in the form of a "Laughter plate Gabriella" and "Italian style scrambled eggs" with four types of homemade bread.
I can only warmly recommend this location, but reservations should be made at breakfast time.Afterwards we drove back to the Niers via the very beautiful Liedberg and Mülfort, which we then followed to the Wickrath Castle.
We then continued through fields and forests to the west to Rickelrath and later to the Molzmühle, where we stopped for a coffee.From here the last stage went back to Süchteln via Lüttelforst, Waldniel and Dülken. The connection was then a very good dinner in Buschi's gourmet parlor.Overall, the whole route is mostly paved and mostly far away from busy roads and therefore definitely recommended.Tip: The Ambientshof and Buschi's Schlemmerstübchen can be unreservedly recommended.
3 days ago
- 05:0053.2 mi10.6 mph675 ft675 ft
After a few days break, due to rain and time, we went outside again today.Since the Eifel and the Maas are taboo for a tour, we decided to start the first tour from home and explore the Lower Rhine a little.So we drove from Süchteln to "our favorite fruit farmer" (Schuhmacher fruit farm in Vorst on the Koitzhof). Some of the courtyard complex has existed since 1731.Tip 1: For those who are allergic to apples, there is a very tasty Wellant apple.This was followed by our first stop in the courtyard cafe "St. Töniser Obsthof".Tip 2: Here you will find everything your heart desires that you can get on a farm, from all kinds of vegetables, fruit and sausage to gift baskets and very tasty cakes and bread.Afterwards we drove to Hülser Berg, over the Schaephuysener heights, past the Weiberssee to Geldern, where a coffee made us fit again for the drive home.
Then it went back via the really beautiful Kerken and Wachtendonk to Süchteln. We had dinner in the Fitscheshof near Wachtendonk, every Tuesday there is schnitzel day. Each schnitzel, no matter what kind, costs € 9.90 including fries and salad.You can really recommend this tour to everyone (if it is not too long), as it mostly leads away from busy roads and is mostly paved.
5 days ago
- 04:5948.7 mi9.8 mph2,800 ft2,825 ft
As I mentioned on other tours, we want to do some multi-day tours in the next few years and we test certain things in order to be able to prepare for these tours. Today we wanted to test whether our batteries are sufficient for 80km and 850-900 meters in altitude.
First of all, the result: They are exactly enough for 78km and 850m elevation gain. ;-)Since Komoot user delphin-big always raves about the Eifel, we took her advice to heart and went to the Eifel.To the tour:
Our tour started in Gemünd, where we parked our car and then we started.
From Gemünd we first drove to Schleiden (on a forest path and not on the road),
from there a forest path in the direction of Herhahn (steep incline),
over the Dreiborn plateau (beautiful),
along the Oleftalsperre to Hellenthal,
after a short hard climb over Reifferscheid and Kreuzberg (also a decent climb in it) to Schmidtheim,
then more or less along the Urft via Nettersheim and Urft back to Gemünd.We had a wonderful day and the Eifel in its purest form, but here are two tips that you should heed.Tips:
If someone comes up with the idea of doing this tour as well, then you should consider the following:
1. The abbreviation Monschauer Straße to the Oleftalsperre (see picture at km 25.1) should not be used, as it is very overgrown, washed out and bumpy.
2. The section between Schmidtheim and Blankenheimer Wald station is even worse. The "path" can hardly be seen in the tall grass, you have to cross a small stream (very muddy) and the closer you get to the train station, the worse the path becomes. (see pictures at km 51.8). Better to look for an alternative here.
July 10, 2021
The weather forecast was good, the time was there, so buckled the bike on the car and once again considering a river tour.This time I first went to Duisburg-Homberg, where I parked my car at a park (Friesenpark) and could park it for free.
Then it was first on the other side of the Rhine to DU-Ruhrort, past the industrial and cultural facility and as close as possible to the Rhine to Wesel.
After a stop in Wesel, I changed the side of the Rhine for the return trip.Both sides were easy to navigate, although I personally liked the left side of the Rhine better, because here it was almost exclusively on the dike or through nature.
Nevertheless, the right bank of the Rhine was also interesting, especially since you come very close to various world-famous industrial giants.
(I just see, a few pictures there wouldn't have hurt).
July 7, 2021
- 03:4340.4 mi10.9 mph825 ft825 ft
After it had rained more in the last few days, it was time to come out again today.Today I decided to drive to the border area between the Netherlands and Germany. From Süchteln we went along various lakes, over the old Kempen - Kaldenkirchen railway line through the Kaldenkirchner Grenzwald, the Brachter Forest, the Elmpter Schwalmbruch and Brüggen back to Süchteln.Overall, the paths were pretty easy to drive on, even if there was a puddle here and there.A tip: If you don't know your way around the border forest and don't have a GPS available, you shouldn't leave the signposted paths. Too great the risk of getting lost or lost due to the size of the forests.
July 2, 2021
- 04:2349.3 mi11.3 mph900 ft925 ft
Again today I was drawn to the water with a friend. Somehow I am magically drawn to these paths along the rivers and streams.This time it should be the Erft, an area that I didn't know very well before. But, I have to say, the Rhein-Erft district is really very beautiful and I can only recommend it.We have chosen the Erft estuary in Neuss-Grimlinghausen as the starting point. From there it went via Grevenbroich, Bedburg and Bergheim along the Erft. The path is very easy to drive and mostly with shady passages.
So that the tour doesn't get too long, we drove back to Neuss from Bergheim (on a bike path next to the road) via Niederaußem (directly past the power station), Rommerskirchen and the Knechtsteden forest reserve.
June 15, 2021
- 05:1350.6 mi9.7 mph850 ft850 ft
Today's tour took us to the Rur.
Since we didn't want to drive the same route on our way there and back, we decided to drive the right side of the Rur first and the left side on the way back.
We have chosen Wassenberg as the starting point.
From there it went via Hückelhoven and Linnich to Jülich. After a short round in Jülich, the way back followed the Rur as far as possible, again via Linnich to the mouth of the Wurm and then back to Wassenberg.Note: The tour leads to a large extent over unpaved paths, which, however, are not an obstacle at any time.
June 12, 2021
- 04:2548.1 mi10.9 mph1,300 ft1,325 ft
What should you definitely not do when you ride an e-bike? Right, forgot to charge the battery. ;-) So it started with a delay of 1 hour and with a not fully charged battery.
In cloudy weather, we started with a friend from Meckenheim and then over to the Ahr to Ahrweiler.
After a little refreshment (French fries on hand) the path then led us along the Ahr (attention, parts of the cycle path are closed at Bad Neuenahr, but the diversion is signposted) to the Rhine.There we took a ferry across to the other side (I didn't know this one yet) and headed north.
In Bonn we took the next ferry back to the left bank of the Rhine, through the Rhine floodplains and then up to the Kottenforst back to Meckenheim.Happy ending: 100-200m before reaching the car, the battery showed 0%. Thank you Haibike for relying on you. ;-)
June 6, 2021
- 02:4732.4 mi11.7 mph450 ft450 ft
Today's tour went a little with mixed feelings.
First I loaded my bike on the car and drove to de MeinWeg Nat`l Park on the German-Dutch border.
From there it was about 4 km up to two imposing buildings in the middle of the forest. The whole thing is fenced in and guarded by a gatekeeper. When asked, I was told that this is an Indian meditation center. Unfortunately, I was only able to take a photo through the fence.
Later we went deeper into the Nat`l Park on a real bicycle freeway, then also over unpaved roads, but apart from racing cyclists we can recommend everyone to cycle here for a while, just wonderful.
Originally I wanted to go to Roermond at the mouth of the Rur, but the first raindrops came and so I decided to shorten the tour without further ado. I also got lost a long way.
In the end, I got to the car dry when it started dripping again. On the way home near Mönchengladbach there was a thunderstorm, as if I had driven through the car wash with my car and bike.
June 4, 2021
Today it was mostly over unpaved stretches, but in an idyllic landscape in the Maas-Schwalm-Nette nature park and especially to the Nette lakes. The aim was to drive as close to the Nette as possible.The Nette rises in Dülken and should not be confused with the Nette river on the Middle Rhine.
It is approx. 28km long and leads from Dülken to Boisheim and forms on its way
to the confluence with the Niers (near Wachtendonk) 10 lakes.
Since the water level is also influenced by the Garzweiler opencast mine and illegal water abstraction, a problem arose during the dry period of 2018, no more water reached the Niers. Affected fish were caught at that time and released back into the Niers.Nice lakes:
Breyller See, Nettebruchsee, Windmühlenbruch, Ferkensbruch, De Wittsee, Schroliksee,
Hinsbecker Bruch and Glabbacher Bruch. (at least the last three also emerged from peat extraction from the 14th to the 16th century)It then went on to the confluence of the Nette in the Niers and past this back
to the starting point.Tip: A large part of the route can also be driven on paved paths, otherwise
The route is partly about hiking trails and mutual consideration should be a matter of course. In rainy weather this might be a better alternative.
I can recommend this tour, apart from two smaller sections of my tour, this one
But I will mark “not passable” as a highlight. In addition, there is a section after the cafe at "de Witt See" that is forbidden for cyclists. Nevertheless, you should take this section with you and push your bike. It is worth it!
June 2, 2021