Autumn bike trip Eindhoven – Münster

Posted: October 23, 2012 in Cycling, Germany, Netherlands
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Probably the last warm weather weekend of the year had to be taken advantage of. A bike trip in the autumn orange light, through forests of bright red and yellow leaved trees, their colours raining on me down as I cycled past. A 315 km trip from Eindhoven to Münster in Germany.

The plan was to cycle with Volker (who joined me on some of my cycle trip in Norway this summer) from his parent’s house in Rheine to Münster: the bicycle Mecca of Germany. On Saturday I put my head down and aimed at maximum kilometres in order to amble to Rheine on Sunday by noon, and then to Münster on Sunday afternoon.

I left Eindhoven on Saturday at 06:30 in the dark and headed north east. It was an overcast day as I cycled through the cow studded fields, and through the bright red forests with the trees shedding their leaves.

The bright red of the autumn forests

The bright red of the autumn forests


Enschede in the Netherlands was my distant destination, and I made it just before nightfall at 1830.

But Sunday was the gem of the trip. Starting misty, the autumn day turned sunny, warm and perfect. The mid afternoon light made highlighted beautiful contrasts in the forest and river surroundings. As the afternoon turned into evening, and the light softened to its mellow departure, the colours became rich and orange. What a lovely light to experience this beautiful nature.

Me near the Ems River

Me near the Ems River

The Ems River

The Ems River

The Ems River

The Ems River

Orange tree in the mellow late afternoon light

Orange tree in the mellow late afternoon light

Cycling in the soft evening ilght

Cycling in the soft evening ilght

Münster

Münster

Comments
  1. AndrewGills says:

    Looks absolutely beautiful! I think I will have to go to Holland on the pretence of visiting family so that I can go on a cycling holiday 😉

  2. Dina says:

    OMG, you bikers are really special! 315 km on a bike on a weekend….puuuh!
    Why is Münster the bicycle mekka of Germany?

    Enjoy your weekend, Matthew
    lots of love from Klausbernd and the bookfayries and myself,
    we’re enjoying the mountains in the Alps 🙂
    Dina

    • I’m not sure why Münster is so bike friendly. It seems to be quite known around Aachen and Köln as being the bike capital of Germany. It is flat, has nice surroundings, and lots of bike infrastructure. A beautiful city: especially seen in the late autumn light.

  3. reesephoto says:

    Nice series. enjoyed watching your trek.

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