Anyone who likes to go for a gravel ride at the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal should absolutely not do it on a weekend. The path along the water is just too narrow to share it with pedestrians, dog walker, fishermen, runners, other cyclists and still have fun while riding bicycles.
So it was just a logical decision to go for a ride on a wednesday noon and it paid off.
I almost got the entire path for myself and was able to ride flat out for miles and miles. The temperatures were lower than I thought, lower than the thermometer at home indicated, but once I showed up at the channel, it was too late to turn back anyway.

There was almost no wind at all on that day, which delivered an incredible view all along the channel. When there’s no wind, and no ships or boats cross your way, the water gets so quiet, that it works just like a mirror.
Everything at the side of the channel is shown upside down on the surface of the water. That was absolutely incredible.
I even came across a rather large group of geese, that couldn’t believe their eyes either…

The path along the channel is made for an easy gravel ride, but there are always things to be seen or discovered. It connects the harbor in Dortmund to the larger rivers and water higways in this area, so there’s a lot of industry along the channel, new and old ones, most of them rusted, some of them abandoned. This makes the path along the channel to a perfect place to get some decent pictures with a great setting.

I already planned a longer ride from Dortmund to the old floodgate in Henrichenburg and back along other rivers, which should be a cool ride. However, I’m definitely going to wait for temperatures above 5°C for sure …

-Dennis

A few days ago I did a gravel ride across the university of Dortmund and further on to the harbour and the channel.
The bright colors of Autumn Wonderland have already past and what remains are tons of dead fallen leaves on the ground. The entire world seems to be covered by them, it’s crazy!
And it’s even more crazy to ride bicycles right through them. The wet leaves are so slippery on a descent and so gripless on an ascent, that it’s hard to find some fun on an autumn ride like I did some days ago.
The cold temperatures at night and the short days predict that winter ain’t too far away, so I aim to do as much outside rides on the bicycle as possible before the temperatures drop below zero.

And of course, I’d also like to get as much new footage for the YouTube Channel and this website as I can get!

I did a video of the Autumn Gravel Ride I just wrote about and I’m going to drop it right below this blogpost.
Fallen Leaves, a Gravel Descent and a super narrow dirt trail through the fields are absolutely part of this video:

Tell me what you think about this video in the comments below and make sure to keep on riding bicycles outside whenever you can!
In case you’re located on the southern part of this globe, make sure to send some sunshine over!

-Dennis

I’m back in my hometown, Dortmund. Back to the old daily job / ride routine and back to good old german summer. Right now, I’m sitting at my desk and I can’t hear anything except of the rain drops hitting the rooftop windows and the wind blowing against the rooftop. That’s basically how the weather has been for the last couple of days. Rain, sun, wind / rain, sun. They said, it’s going to stay like this for the rest of July. Some districts and cities around Dortmund already did have problems with flooding. Luckily, I didn’t run into problems yet, but who knows what’s going to happen in the next days and weeks. I got a small water pump for times like this, that I already set up just to be prepared and be ready for whatever’s going to happen. So, yeah, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for some nice and dry summer weeks ahead, even though the forecasts predict something different …

On days like this, I’d like to think back to my time at the North Sea coast some weeks ago. What a great time that was!
I was able to ride bicycles on nearly empty roads, meters away from the ocean, just me riding roadbikes and noone else in sight for a huge part of the time … and all of that for dozens of kilometres!
The bike path right along the ocean between Cuxhaven and Otterndorf was a real highlight. I never rode my roadbike straight through herds of sheep and cattle before, that was awesome.
And I’d like to go right back to the benches that were placed metres away from the shore. I could sit there for hours and watch all the cargo ships and fishing boats go by …
There’s a video on my YouTube channel, in which I ride a huge part of the bike path at the ocean. The video should be able to show you what’s so special about this path. So, take a look at it, if you’ve got a spare minute left … or ten!

However, right here, right now in Dortmund, I can’t do anything else than take every chance I get to get out and ride my local route. You gotta be spontaneous these days. Not long anymore until I’m going to be the local legend on nearly every Strava segment that is on my favorite local route. That’s seriously keeping my motivation up at the moment!

So, yeah, that’s it for now … see y’all soon!

-Dennis


Whenever I’m looking for ideas, that would be great as a next YouTube video, that’s when I’m most creative.

The Highway Loop is my latest invention, if you want to call it like that.

What’s the Highway Loop? – It’s a cycling route, that I created while I was scrolling through the streets of Dortmund on google maps, while checking out nice routes for my next YouTube video.

The Loop actually is a cycle path right next to the B54, one of the smaller highways in Dortmund. It starts at the Phoenix West highway entry, follows the highway for 3 km out of town, turns left to cross the highway under a bridge and then follows the highway for 3km in the opposite direction back to Dortmund. While the first part of the loop is challenging your endurance with a light ascent of round about 2%, the way back to town is making up for it, with a light descent of round about 2%. Basically, this just means, you can’t go as fast as you want to on the way out of town, but always as fast as you like on the way back. You should always keep in mind though, that the cycle path is crossing several highway exits, so you better make sure to keep an eye out for cars. Beside of this, the loop’s your classic average cycle path. Tons of potholes, bumps, highway debris and garbage are going to test your reaction and handling skills.

However, the great thing about the highway loop is the fact that you can usually ride without interrruptions like traffic lights or pedestrians. Of course, you might have to stop for cars at the exits, but most of the time you can avoid that with good anticipation.

I did the highway loop on a sunday and I think, that might be the best day of the week to ride it. There’s no rush hour on the highway and most of the weekend cyclists are choosing much nicer routes around town, so there’s a good chance, that you got the cycle path all for yourself.

As I mentioned before, I did a whole video about cycling on the Highway Loop, that I’d like to share with you so, here it is:

Thanks for reading, replying, sharing and liking…

-Dennis