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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:49 pm 
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Each year, I endeavour to join two good friends for a ride in Europe. Last year we visited Sauerland, a hilly, heavily forested, rural area that spreads across most of the south eastern part of North Rhine-Westphalia, better known for the location of the Dambuster’s dams. We were there midst the 70th anniversary celebrations but, I hesitate to say, this wasn’t the reason for our visit; we were there to enjoy the superb roads of the region. Nevertheless, the dams were spectacular and popular attractions for bikers, well worth a visit.

What better destination for our first ‘red’ ride to Germany? We’ll spend our first night in a favourite Luxembourg hotel before crossing the vast urban, industrial sprawl in the heart of Germany to reach Sauerland. Avoiding autobahns last year, it took us a day to ride this 140 mile route so I make no apologies for making use of Germany’s superb Autobahn network second time around. We spend two nights in a family hotel near Drolshagen with a local guide for a day to ride the region and visit the dams.

Having ridden the best part of 300 miles to reach Sauerland, we can’t miss this ideal opportunity to push further east to the Harz Mountains. With spectacular scenery, fantastic empty roads and awesome challenging bends, it’s no surprise this region is known as the ‘biker’s playground of Northern Germany’.

Continuing east, no autobahn this time, to Bad Lauterberg, our base for another two nights in the heart of the Harz Mountains. Covering an area of 100km by 30km spread over three states: Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Lower Saxony, its landscape of mountains, deep valleys with rich alpine forests, mysterious caves, clear mountain lakes and waterfalls, a secret little gem in the middle of Germany. Historically, its status as a prime national holiday destination has never been questioned but since unification, you can trek along what was the border line between East and West Germany. At 1142m (3,743 feet), the Brocken, located in the Harz National Park, is the highest point of the region. You’ll find hidden mountain villages and romantic towns with their half timbered-framed buildings, castles and old mines waiting to be discovered.

Leaving the Harz Mountains, our return route takes us through Sauerland’s Rothaargebirge (Red Hair Mountains). Spread over an area of 1,355 sq. meters, this large Natural Park Forest of Spruce and Beech is also the source of rivers Ruhr and Eder among many others. We’re brought back to reality by taking a short stretch of Autobahn, avoiding Koblenz, on our way to our penultimate hotel, another favourite, in the Mosel.

If you would like to join us, we have some space but we need to know soon. With some high daily mileage and demanding roads, this ride is for experienced riders.

For further details please go to the News section then click on Reveiller Rides 2014 > Read More and click Download.

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