Category Archives: Cycling

Johnstone to Ardrossan

A longer cycle ride than yesterday, following more disused railway lines (there really are loads of them around here) and then a minor road from Kilbirnie to Kilwinning. The old line is well-surfaced and bordered with flowers and the occasional ghost … Continue reading

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Glasgow to Johnstone via Paisley

This is an impromptu trip: the impulse only came to me late yesterday as the weather turned summery (i.e. wetter and cooler than the previous 2 months of untold drought and heat). So this morning the Brompton and I set … Continue reading

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Utrecht to Nieuwerkerk aan den Ijssel

The first coffee stop today was in pretty Oudewater. It had a witch’s weighing house in the 16th century: if your weight was proportionate to your build + your soul (something *ahem* lacking in witches) you could get a certificate … Continue reading

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Otterlo to Utrecht

Pretty much a repeat of last year’s ride, but it was very pleasant to be cycling in woods and over heathland. There were lots of elderly couples on e-bikes, and you can see why cycling casualties amongst old Dutch men are … Continue reading

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Bad Bentheim, train failures and Radio Kootwijk

It was supposed to be a very easy day: the train from Osnabrück to Apeldoorn, then a short cycle ride across the Veluwe (with a detour to see what is left of the Radio Kootwijk transmitter station) to spend the … Continue reading

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Bad Rothenfelde to Osnabrück

The most beautiful stretch of the holiday was to Bad Iburg this morning: uphill through part of the Teutoburger Wald full of butterflies and birdsong. What could be lovelier? After Bad Iburg came another climb, with a wonderful view back … Continue reading

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Bielefeld to Bad Rothenfelde

Past Dr Oetker’s this morning for the third time, but now heading northwards into the Teutoburger Wald. Another hot, sunny day (oh, I wonder how the garden is faring!) when the shade of the trees was very welcome. It’s pleasant … Continue reading

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