I'm at a gateway to the Dwingelderveld National Park, fietspad crossroads in the park's northwest corner, about 2.5 km from the village of Dwingeloo. It's very peaceful, just the oaks and some lower trees and the lazy cheeping of birds. Morning overcast but it is now clearing and looks to be quite warm with just a slight breeze. But as I sit here at this knooppunt I notice a fair amount of activity, mostly elderly couples with matched bikes, including some e-bikes. It's Friday.
I visited this national park last summer to get a taste of it for the guide--but now I'll make it the main course. At that time I enthused about the beauty of the area and its many lakes.
(original date of this entry: June 3, 2016)
kp 86 -> 56
|Dwingelderveld national park|
A signage variation in Drenthe: Below the hexagonal route markers (e.g., Dwingelderveld route) are knooppunten with the note 'volg deze route' so as to avoid excessive signage. Efficient!
kp 57 -> 83 -> 43
Another outstanding tour, though not quite what I expected. Soon I reach the heart of the Dwingelderveld which is a giant flat field. None of the lakes that I recall on this end. It is lovely to ride through on this sunny breezy day but could be rough in colder wetter conditions. It is a wasteland studded with ball-shaped shrubs in endless succession. Way over at the other end of the field, at the end of a winding sandy path, looms the radio-telescope.
|ASTRON map showing locations of global telescope network|
Beside the telescope (kp 83) there's a nice shaded picnic area.
kp 43 -> 32
|Dwingelo to Ruinerwold|
kp 58 -> 54
At the exit from Dwingelderveld national park is an atmospheric old cafe of some sort. Outside is a table with boxes of used books. I grab three (€1) and drop a coin in a jar. One was Volle Maan, a PG Wodehouse novel translated to Dutch; I chose it for its vintage cover.
|Tryntje & Martin, Ruinerwold|
Now they're inside, watching TV, while I sit in the rear garden where beets, lettuce and potatoes grow. Beyond it is a strip of greenery, then a corral for horses, though the horses are now at 9:30 pm ensconced in a brick stable. It feels so peaceful and rural back here. Why did I choose Ruinerwold? I don't know but it's nearby some more good cycle excursions. One more, then back home. Continued ...