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Old 02-08-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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A Kanaal - backyard-trip in Holland

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...




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!


At some places the canal is widened for boats to turn around.


From grass to sand. Almost forgot to take a picture.


Many turn-bridges and the old houses for the bridgewatcher-families.






And a newer bridge to accomodate the many cyclists that come here during summer.






One of the trickier bits I cannot pass.


A three-legged bridge nicknamed Mercedes Bridge by the locals,




Sand again


Some concrete left-overs from the german occupancy, unscratched...

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:23 PM   #2
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A Kanaal - backyard-trip in Holland 2

Sand again.


And one of the sluices build in the canals.




Sometimes the path gets a bit narrower


I have no idea what these are doing here, but I like them.




It's doable, but I do not want to destroy it. Did I tell you the kwak is heavy?


The renovated bastion Bourtange.






and a cup of coffee
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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A Kanaal - backyard-trip in Holland 3

Who's that lady?


Off-roading too!


E-biking


and taking some pictures too






There is one of those buggers again


Boring?




Gravel!




These bridge-watchers houses are popular and well-kept.


Some newer buildings, less atractive.


And a 'Snikke' rebuild to party


This was supposed to be a hedgerow. It's more beautiful this way!


The old cloister of Ter Apel. Getting near home again.




Crossing Ter Apel Main Street


Remnants of old railway bridge




Up the bridgehead


on to the old track


Almost home


Bye Kwak....


Bye people
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tour, beautiful country you live in.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:38 PM   #5
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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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Old 02-09-2013, 01:14 PM   #6
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No mountains

You're all welcome. Happy to see some people also like pictures without mountains!

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Thanks for the report.
Beautiful pictures.
Why is the Kwaka too heavy?
What bike would you prefer?
Answering both questions in one time i hope:
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....&postcount=450
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:31 PM   #7
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You're all welcome. Happy to see some people also like pictures without mountains!



Answering both questions in one time i hope:
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....&postcount=450
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!
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:29 PM   #8
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Thanks for sharing. Nice to see such interesting riding in a beautiful part of the world.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:48 PM   #9
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Brings back memories

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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Old 02-08-2013, 07:00 PM   #10
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Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:43 PM   #11
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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.

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Old 02-10-2013, 01:07 AM   #12
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Very cool. Feel free to post more any time.
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