2020 - Tour de Benelux

Introduction

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Our original plan for 2020, a trip through Arizona and Utah in the USA, was cancelled because of the Covid pandemic. Luckily we were able to make a nice two-weeks trip relatively close to home, through the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) and Germany. By taking the smaller roads and dedicated bicycle routes, we experienced the beauty of these lovely countries.

Route map

AUGUST 15 - AUGUST 19, 2020

Riding south to Luxembourg

We left home heading southeast, following the bicycle routes (following the numbered waypoints), first passing throught the cities of Zoetermeer and Rotterdam. First point of interest was Kinderdijk, famous for its line-up of mills. As always, we tried to include as many National Parks as we could. First on the list was De Biesbosch, followed by De Loonse en Drunense Duinen. In Belgium we planned our route along two special sights for bicylists: Riding through the trees and Riding through water. We rode along the river Maas, through the city of Luik and into the hills of the Ardennes. In Luxembourg we enjoyed the valley of the river Sure and the many hills.

The mills of Kinderdijk, a famous Dutch scenery
The mills of Kinderdijk, a famous Dutch scenery

Special Covid protection on the ferry
Special Covid protection on the ferry

De Biesbosch National Park (The Netherlands)
De Biesbosch National Park (The Netherlands)

National Park De Loonse en Drunense Duinen (The Netherlands)
National Park De Loonse en Drunense Duinen (The Netherlands)

Along scenic canals in northern Belgium
Along scenic canals in northern Belgium

Riding between the trees (Belgium)
Riding between the trees (Belgium)

iding through the water (Belgium)
Riding through the water (Belgium)

The hills of Luxembourg
The hills of Luxembourg

AUGUST 20 - AUGUST 24, 2020

Riding north along the border with Germany

We left Luxembourg on the Vennbahn. This very nice old railroad converted to bicycle path took us almost to Aachen (Germany). Special point of interest was the tri-border point of The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, which also happens to be the highest point in The Netherlands. Again we use the numbered waypoints to head north passing through parts of Germany, through National Park De Meinweg, again a stretch along the river Maas and National Park De Maasduinen. Northernmost point of our route was near Almelo and National Park De Sallandse Heuvelrug.

Startpoint of the Vennbahn in Troisvierges, Luxembourg
Startpoint of the Vennbahn in Troisvierges, Luxembourg

Re-entering Belgium on the Vennbahn
Re-entering Belgium on the Vennbahn

The border tripoint of The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany
The border tripoint of The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany

National Park De Meinweg (The Netherlands)
National Park De Meinweg (The Netherlands)

Donkeys along the river Maas near Venlo, The Netherlands
Donkeys along the river Maas near Venlo, The Netherlands

Nice forest road
Nice forest road

AUGUST 25 - AUGUST 28, 2020

Riding west back home

The last days of our trip, the weather roughened with (head)wind and some rain. Nevertheless we enjoyed the trip through National Park De Veluwezoom and National Park De Utrechtse Heuvelrug. We went straight through the heart of the city of Utrecht. The final stretch through the green heart of Holland brought us home.

National Park De Sallandse Heuvelrug (The Netherlands)
National Park De Sallandse Heuvelrug (The Netherlands)

The heathlands in De Sallandse Heuvelrug NP
The heathlands in De Sallandse Heuvelrug NP

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