Third and last day. The sun is shining, but it is very humid in the forest, so the tent hits with moisture. So it has to be packed wet today too. For breakfast there are leftovers from dinner. I had tried a new instant ready meal from the organic supermarket. Spelled bulgur with vegetables (2-3 servings according to the label). Bring to the boil with water, simmer for 10 minutes, let stand for another 5 minutes, done.
The route took me through the northern part of the Maasduinen. Very good bike paths through forest, heather, dunes and past the Leukkermeer.
After crossing the border again, I was greeted by typical Lower Rhine agriculture. The corn stands tall, fields of flowers, vegetables and lettuce. The next stop is Kevelaer, a well-known place of pilgrimage. Accordingly, it is well attended on a Sunday. You should take time for the graduation tower to breathe in the brine air there.
September 6, 2021
- 06:3272.6 mi11.1 mph1,925 ft1,950 ft
Saturday morning what is it? High fog instead of sunshine that lasts until well after noon. Under these circumstances, the breakfast will be extended a bit, but since there is a long stage, the tent will be packed soaking wet. It leads us through the De Meinweg National Park. A cycle network with easy-to-drive paths. If you leave this, however (we had already practiced yesterday), then it is time to push through the sand.
Via Niederkrüchten, Born and Brüggen (there are also delicious cakes here) the path led to the Elmpter Schwalmbruch. Nice little paths that can also be mastered with a trekking bike. In the Brachter Wald, nature meets history from the post-war period and the Cold War. Many paths are not allowed to be used, but a well-marked network of hiking and cycling trails criss-cross the site.
September 6, 2021
The Lower Rhine and around the Maas should lead me this weekend. It started at Gate 9 at the former Venlo Air Base. Not far from there, rather hidden in the forest, are the remains of an aircraft hangar. Since the plan was to take it easy, the first coffee stop was on the market square in Straelen in the company of Aunt Käthe and Sophie.
The next destination was Arcen
The official route across the street did not correspond to the idea, so we just turned right and followed the map. A harvested kohlrabi field was found, which still had enough kohlrabi ready for dinner and beautiful MTB trails through the southern Maasduinen. Ok, a bit difficult with my trekking bike and luggage, but doable. From Arcen it went south along the Meuse, where the bank was changed several times by ferry.
September 5, 2021
The Millstätter See
A short walk around the lake in the afternoon. The starting point was Döbriach. A place on the eastern tip of the lake. From there it went along the south bank. A good drivable gravel road with short steep sections. Almost completely located in the forest, which repeatedly offers a view of the lake. On the west side you come to Seeboden. Very touristy with hotels, restaurants and seaside resorts. The path along the north bank leads mostly close to the lake, but also always along the busy road.
August 20, 2021
Today I wanted to explore a new area and have chosen one of the top 10 excursion destinations in Carinthia, the Malta -Hochalm-Straße including the Skywalk. How could it be otherwise? Of course I didn't drive up there in my car, but on my bike.
One IMPORTANT information in advance: take BIKE LIGHTS with you !!
The road leads for almost 14 km and a little over 1,000 meters in altitude to the Kölnbreinsperre, the highest dam in Austria at 200 meters. The road leads through various tunnels and is partially narrow, so that traffic is regulated by traffic lights. Once there is even a traffic light for cyclists only. You have to wait longer at the traffic lights (up to 20 minutes). The first tunnel is over 500 meters long and is not illuminated. I had no lighting with me and after about half of the way I lost all orientation. So the bike started to lurch, I drove in the middle of the tunnel and never came back to the edge, and I was dizzy. That only helped
August 20, 2021
For years I have been looking at this summit from below when I am sitting at the campsite. Today it finally happened. This time I looked down from the summit into the valley.
Steep climbs through the forest, a hut to linger on the Obervellacher Alm and quite challenging climbing for a hiking trail below the summit.
At the summit, a wonderful distant view of Slovenia, Italy and towards the Ankogel group with the Mölltal glacier.
August 17, 2021