A Kanaal - backyard-trip in Holland

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Hunebed, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Hunebed

    Hunebed Sand Wasp

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    Accessable through my back-yard is an easy going 70km trip, mostly unpaved roads and tracks. It's great for getting a free head and on terms with the bike again. This is a farewel to the most comfortable off-road bike I've owned. I don't need much steering lock on this trip, but the lack of it is the reason this bike had to go - and the weight...


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    Near Ter Apel are some canals used to lay dry a moor and transport the peat to Groningen and other city's.
    They are lined with unpaved tracks and lots of trees, mostly on both sides. Let's give it some stick!
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    At some places the canal is widened for boats to turn around.
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    From grass to sand. Almost forgot to take a picture.
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    Many turn-bridges and the old houses for the bridgewatcher-families.
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    And a newer bridge to accomodate the many cyclists that come here during summer.
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    One of the trickier bits I cannot pass.
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    A three-legged bridge nicknamed Mercedes Bridge by the locals,
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    Sand again
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    Some concrete left-overs from the german occupancy, unscratched...
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  2. Hunebed

    Hunebed Sand Wasp

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    Sand again.
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    And one of the sluices build in the canals.
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    Sometimes the path gets a bit narrower
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    I have no idea what these are doing here, but I like them.
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    It's doable, but I do not want to destroy it. Did I tell you the kwak is heavy?
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    The renovated bastion Bourtange.
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    and a cup of coffee
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  3. Hunebed

    Hunebed Sand Wasp

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    Who's that lady?
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    Off-roading too!
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    E-biking
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    and taking some pictures too
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    There is one of those buggers again
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    Boring?
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    Gravel!
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    These bridge-watchers houses are popular and well-kept.
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    Some newer buildings, less atractive.
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    And a 'Snikke' rebuild to party
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    This was supposed to be a hedgerow. It's more beautiful this way!
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    The old cloister of Ter Apel. Getting near home again.
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    Crossing Ter Apel Main Street
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    Remnants of old railway bridge
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    Up the bridgehead
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    on to the old track
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    Almost home
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    Bye Kwak....
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    Bye people :wave
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  4. bovine

    bovine Adventurer

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    Thanks for the tour, beautiful country you live in.
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  5. LC4nicator

    LC4nicator Certified Wino

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    Thanks for the report.
    Beautiful pictures.
    Why is the Kwaka too heavy?
    What bike would you prefer?
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  6. evanqueen

    evanqueen Learning Contentment

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    I lived in Holland from 1986 through 1991. I lived in Scherpenzeel and Soesterberg. You Dutch are the friendliest people on earth. Thanks for posting this pictures of Holland.
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  7. Psycho18th

    Psycho18th Been here awhile

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    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
    Psycho
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  8. Hunebed

    Hunebed Sand Wasp

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  9. GP MX Fan

    GP MX Fan Been here awhile

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    I spent a couple of years in Limburg near Maastricht, was stationed there in the Army. Loved every minute of my time there and was fortunate enough to see most of your beautiful country. Thanks for taking us along on your ride.

    Dave
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  10. Bendernz

    Bendernz Torrential

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    Very cool. Feel free to post more any time.
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  11. LC4nicator

    LC4nicator Certified Wino

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    That's a sweet bike!

    Looks great without the decals as well.

    I would love one myself but I just cannot see myself riding a bike that weighs less than me! :rofl
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  12. Backcountryboy

    Backcountryboy Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing. Nice to see such interesting riding in a beautiful part of the world.
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