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Day 2192, Kleve – Münster, Germany: Expedition Mode

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Jan - 22 - 2017

Distance: 115.2 km
Ride time: 6:01:47
Average: 19.1 km/h
Max speed: 42.5 km/h
Total: 57390 km

River and canals seem to be a recurrent theme of the ride through central Europe. Today, first thing in the morning, I crossed the mighty Rhine, the 2nd largest river on the continent. In Denmark we don’t have big rivers, and when you are travelling through Europe by car you don’t really notice. This time I have really enjoyed learning about Europe’s water ways while riding along them.

Otherwise I was back in expedition mode as I have told my family and friends that I will be home in a week. With my favourite podcasts in my ears I made it through villages and German country side. I thought the bike paths would end when I left The Netherlands yesterday but luckily they continue over here in Germany – with the difference that that are mostly unused.

I’m usually stopping for lunch in a Aldi or Lidl supermarket which is working out great. Nice choice and very cheap. Today the sun even came out as I was about to eat my lunch – a perfect chance to dry the tent which got all wet last night.

I passed the city of Borken where I went on a week long school trip when I was 13. I kept looking around for a familiar street or square, but my memory failed me – after cycling through town I hadn’t recognized anything.

Otherwise I like the German villages with their medieval layout, churches, and castles. I also very much like the German Bäckerei’s for a cake and a coffee. I think I should try to lower my consumption of both when I finish cycling, but for now everything goes 🙂

After finding another German field I was ready for a wild camping night in my nice and dry tent. Tomorrow its back to expedition mode again.

Categories: Germany
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2 Responses so far.

  1. Do most German villages have the same, basic layout?

  2. Hi Stephen! Yes, you could say that each town has some characteristics like architecture, type of shops, and layout which make them… German 🙂