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Cycletour along river Maas between Tegelen and Well, April 2014

Stephan Klünker

On 19th April 2014 I drove to Tegelen with my Brompton in the boot, parked my car at Tegelen railway station and mounted the Brompton. On the cycle I crossed the city of Tegelen down to the shore of River Maas. Following the river on it's east side I cycled north down to Koniginnenbrug near Wanssum, crossed the River to it's west side and then continued southwards. I followed River Maas now in opposite direction and on the west shore up to Blerick, crossed the river again into Venlo and headed back to Tegelen where I had started the tour.
The route covered a distance of some 65 kms in roundabout 4 hours (5 hours with some breaks included).
The weather was sunny but with a fresh and a bit gusty wind from north-north-east, which slowed down the tempo on the first half of the ride, but speeded up the ride on the second half. As usual in the Netherlands there were no significant hills to climb. All in all a nice tour in a picturesque environment on very comfortable cycle paths which the Netherlands are famous for.

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River Maas at Venlo heading north, the riverside gets more rural

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Ferry point north of Venlo Town of Arcen

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River Maas at Arcen Springtime ...

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Photo stop near Wellerlooi The Fietspad following the river

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Buffalo watching the passing vessel ... approaching Koniginnenbrug ...

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View back south to the cycleway ... ... on climbing the bridge ...

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The Maas from top of the bridge, looking south Photo stop on the bridge

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Countryside to the west of River Maas Ferry point near Blitterswijck

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following river Maas southwards ... Horses near Broekhuizen

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approaching Lottum ... the town of Lottum

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Windmill in action comfortable and fast cycling on dutch fietspad

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the town of Grubbenvorst under the green trees ...

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approaching Blerick ... Herbie is here!

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River Maas at Blerick another piece of green environment before entereing the city

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crossing the Maas on Zuiderbrug ... ... into Venlo

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checking the computer ... ... back at Tegelen station

© Stephan Klünker, 19th April 2014