the winter is over, so it’s the perfect time to take our bikes and spend a day out, enjoying the Dutch nature and a bit of culture.
This tour is a part of a longer route (220 km) from Katwijk, on the North Sea coast, to the German border at Millingen (passing through Leiden, Woerden, Utrecht, Arnhem and Nijmegen), that follows the Dutch section of the Limes – the border of the Roman Empire – which ran along the old River Rhine. In 2nd century AD – when the empire was at its greatest – the Limes ran from the North Sea at Katwijk along the rivers Rhine and Danube all the way to the Black Sea.
Along the border Romans built twenty forts and a series of watch-towers (castella), interconnected by roads. Unfortunately, not many evidences remain, but we will see modern reconstructions and information boards (in Dutch).
The tour starts at Arnhem Centraal Station and ends at Nijmegen Centraal Station.
This ride is a bit more challenging than the previous ones (300m total altitude difference and up to 8% slope), thus a bike with gears is needed.
Since tour ends at a different location, please bring your own bike on the train (supplement of €6.90 needed).
After the tour we may relax a bit in Nijmegen, having a drink or a bite close to the station. You may also leave at 18, just after ride, if you prefer.
We will have packed lunch somewhere on the way. Bring some sandwiches or your favourite food and enough water.
Last, but not least! Dutch weather is unpredictable, so in case of bad weather, the day before I will cancel this meetup.
Looking forward to meet you and cycle together!
P.S.: This meetup is cross-posted on Gay&Lesbian Social The Hague Meetup.