At the end of my vacation I wanted to plan a tour around the Dümmer. Since a Dümmerrunde only covers approx. 20 km, the route had to be extended properly and since "water in the vicinity" is always a highlight for me, we started in Damme, heading south to the Mittelland Canal, along it to the Kronensee to Hunteburg and from there on the Hunte to the Dümmer.
Since I like to drive off the beaten track, I also accept less well-paved paths. But what is marked as a cycle path at Komoot is pretty tough. Shortly after the Damme airfield, we turned off the road onto a gravel path, which later turned out to be a mistake. The path got gradually worse and the call for a mountain bike louder and louder. At some point in the moor, there was suddenly no way at all! 😲😲
Unbelievable. Only fields and pure, soft peat as subsoil! Lt. komoot should be a bike path there. It was far too late to turn back and the landscape was very beautiful, so all that was left was to get off and push. Even that was exhausting enough because of the soft peat. If you are toying with descendants, you should bypass this section, which would be easily possible without a detour.
Then we went on across the country, saw a great old moated castle and were then increasingly pointed out by signs to the Varus battle, which is said to have been nearby. Following the signs, we came to the Kalkriese Museum, which has a permanent exhibition dedicated to this topic. Unfortunately, we didn't have the time to visit the museum, I would have been very interested.
Shortly before the dawn, the sky tore open and we were able to improve our fluid balance 🍺 in the bar dü Mar with "South Sea flair" in the sun lounger on the sandy beach in the sunshine.
Later there were kibbelings to be shot down before the last section went back to Damme.
All in all, a very nice tour, but please don't drive that little bit through the moor!
In addition, the circular route around the Dümmer is reserved for pedestrians on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays and cycling is not permitted! ☝️
September 2, 2021
- 06:2342.1 mi6.6 mph1,675 ft1,725 ft
Today, on the penultimate day here, it should be the elbow at List.
The way there was planned via Keitum, Munkmarsch, Braderuper Heide, Kampen, List and then to the Elbow.
In clear to cloudy weather, but once again a lot of wind, it was a tour that was absolutely worth seeing and recommended!
In List there was a good fortification with fish rolls from Gosch and then on to the elbow.
Until then it was about 40 km and we only had headwinds for 40 km. 😥😅
Everyone knows wind from the front and it can sometimes be stronger and normally I don't mind. But today it came so strongly from the front (especially the 10km to the elbow) that I had to choose the smallest of my 30 gears and we worked our way forward at walking pace. But on the way back it almost went by itself. 😅😅
On the quick way back we only stopped at the UweDüne (highest point on Sylt) to enjoy the sensational all-round view of the island 👍👍 and in Wenningstedt for a super delicious soft ice cream.
August 26, 2021
Today the wind wasn't quite as stormy as yesterday, but it was particularly effective in the open. Although I have already been here a few times, I have not yet been to the Rantum basin and so we went on the dike that separates the basin from the sea towards Morsum cliff.
The trip started well with a good tail wind and the sun did the rest.
Perfect cycling in a wonderfully beautiful environment. 🤗😊🚴♂️🚴♂️
Arrived at the Morsum cliff, it was only a short walk to see it from above, but you can only really marvel from below. For this you had to walk a supposedly small arc, it should only go 50m deeper. But the arch dragged on and was an estimated 2 km long 😅. On the other hand, it was actually much easier to see from below and watch the sand martins, which breed in caves on the cliff, while they were feeding the brood.
Then after the march we went back to the bikes via Morsum, Archsum and Tinnum.
A nice tour, but now the tail wind came from the front 😉😅, which wasn't so bad, we already know that.
I only miss a few more "refreshment stations" along the way. You can only find them here on the island in the localities and even there rather rarely.
But we managed to get hold of a piece of very tasty plum cake on hand + coffee. 😊😋
August 19, 2021
Actually today I would have preferred to drive towards Morsum in the east of Sylt, but if the wind was still very strong (stormy) it would have come from the front on the way back and we saved ourselves that. It was still good footwork in places along the coastline 😅 but on the whole it was easy to drive. There was also a photo break 😉.
Arrived in List, as expected, the stomach reported with a feeling of hunger, because it knows exactly that I can't get past a delicious fish menu at Gosch's there. 😁 It was delicious again. 🐟🐟. There was always something to see and visit along the way.
Since I started my service as a young marine with a stationing in List on Sylt, I was also very interested in what happened to my old place of work. The barracks have been partially demolished, but a research facility (Helmholtz Center) is also housed there.
In some places we had to struggle with our (bio) bikes 😅😅 when the long paths through the dunes went uphill and at the same time the (storm) gusts pushed from the front. We already know that, but today it was a lot more intense.
It was a nice trip by bike. 😊😊😎
August 17, 2021
Today on the 3rd day on Sylt there was also the first bike tour.
Since I've been here several times,
The last visit was almost 10 years ago, I was curious to see what has changed, but on the way to and in Hörnum I could hardly notice any changes.
Everything still fine.
You don't have much choice on the route to Hörnum. On the way back we drove on the east side of Sylt, which I particularly liked, especially since I didn't know it yet. It's just super beautiful here! 😀
Stormy winds from the side were omnipresent with a few exceptions.
August 14, 2021
I wanted to go to the Ahlhorn fish ponds again and so it made sense to cycle along the Obere Hunte and then of course through the Barnführerholz.
It was great to drive everywhere, but in the Barnführerholz and partly around the Ahlhorn fish ponds there were plenty of forest paths that were often still muddy despite the dry days that had passed. I ride my trekking bike almost everywhere, but today it was another tour, I would have preferred a mountain bike. 😅
At the fish ponds it was again interesting to see how the masses of fish bring the water to a boil while they were being fed.
But the countless lakes there, which shone quietly in the sun, are simply beautiful to look at. 😊😊☀️And to my great surprise there was suddenly a single large boletus. That was a long time ago when I saw my last porcini mushroom.
(it is cut into small pieces, dried and then refined so many gravies! 😀😋😋)
July 3, 2021
On special request today we went to the Jade Bay in Dangast. In glorious sunshine and almost no wind (on the descent) airy and tight clothing should be enough. After a short time and the closer we got to the coast, however, the headwind increased significantly. It was warm enough, but we had to pedal hard.
When we arrived in Dangast, we had to go to Kibbelinge first 😋😋😋 and although there was a lot of activity, the order went very quickly. But there was dessert at the nearby Kurhaus. No visit to the Kurhaus in Dangast without the legendary rhubarb cake! 😀😋 It's just super delicious.
The way back could now come freshly strengthened and thanks to the tail wind it was now easier and faster 😅. I wanted to drive in a curve over Conneforde and see how it looks now. As a teenager my passion for camping began there, which has remained unbroken to this day. Back then, you traveled by bike and tent, but the equipment is more comfortable today. 😉
And in the fine weather it looked very tempting to jump into the cool, clear water with the other bathers.
That was a very nice tour. Unfortunately, no smells and noises can be conveyed in pictures ... such as the scent of the blooming elderberry, the drying grass, the sea breeze or the chattering of the chickens, the croaking of the frogs etc.
June 27, 2021
Today we went to the Jümme and in fantastic external conditions with lots of sunshine we drove a nice and comfortable round along the Jümme and Leda via Leer to the Ems and back in a wide arc.
The route ran mainly on calm roads and paths away from car traffic along changing bodies of water and was very well paved (asphalted or concreted).
On the way, various park benches and restaurants / cafes invited to take a break.
It was a very nice tour, which I will definitely do again and because it was so nice, see the next one whether it can be extended by about 10 km.
Very clear recommendation! 👍👍👍
June 13, 2021