Although it feels a bit later this this year, the leaves are turning now. What better way to see the beautiful autumn colours than going for a cycle tour on a wonderful sunny Sunday afternoon?
When you want to cycle to see the foliage at peak colour you don’t have to pack your bike and drive to a recreational trail in this country, you can simply ride with your bicycle on the public roads from your own home.
In this 24km ride from my hometown of ʼs-Hertogenbosch I rode southwest to Vught and Cromvoirt. From there I rode north to Nieuwkuijk and then east to Vlijmen and back to ʼs-Hertogenbosch. To find a route, I had simply plotted one in the Fietsersbond routeplanner (which also has an English interface).
The route had all types of infrstructure. I saw separate cycle paths alongside major roads, cycle paths in the forest, a dirt road, and even some shared minor roads.
I met a lot of other people out and about, who also enjoyed the sunny autumn afternoon. People of all ages and backgrounds were cycling or walking and also I also saw a lot of cars parked at the entrance of a nature reserve. More on all of that in the captions with the pictures.
Enjoy my 900th video, which – at 1 hour and 18 minutes – is almost feature film length.
Update on my health. Some of you have asked questions and others seem to have missed the earlier announcement. I have a heart condition, due to a birth defect. The situation was checked annually. This summer it was established that my heart condition deteriorated considerably in the last year, to the point that my aorta valve needs to be replaced. To prepare for the operation I underwent a heart catheterisation in September and I had a CT scan made on 2 November in the hospital here in ʼs-Hertogenbosch. That will be the last thing they do here. My medical file has now been sent to Utrecht, where the open heart surgery will take place. I am expecting to be contacted by the Utrecht hospital in the coming weeks. I have no idea yet of the time schedule for the next steps. Since the IC units are quickly filling up with non-vaccinated COVID patients my operation may be postponed, which also depends on the result of that last CT scan. (The average waiting time in Utrecht is listed as 101 days now.) In the meantime I can still do my day job (from home), but travel is very demanding (the walking part especially). I do cycle on, also to try and keep fit for the upcoming operation. Fortunately, I can still cycle longer distances, such as the ride in this post. Although it is clear that my average speed dropped from around 20km/h earlier to 18.4km/h in this particular ride and I need a full day to recover from such a ride. With everything I have filmed already, I am now expecting to continue blogging for the rest of this year. There will be a hiatus when the operation takes place, of at least a couple of months. When I know more about the date, I will tell you.
9 thoughts on “A ride to enjoy the autumn colours”
Is the peak folliage in The Netherlands in early and mid-November?
What kind of camera do you use to film this wonderful videos?
Episode 900, well done, Mark!!!
Too bad about the idiots that are taking the place of people that actually need the hospital beds… I won’t say more than that.
Both my wife and I are hoping that you get your surgery soon, and when so, it is a speedy recovery.
Take care, Mark
Wonderful journey. Best wishes for your health!
Love your posts and fantastic analysis. Hope your heart surgery is timely, smooth, and successful. Good thoughts are coming your way from Wisconsin.
Your posts are avidly followed here in Eastern England.
Sending best wishes for your forthcoming operation. My son, now 20 had a similar minor defect at birth and had an operation to repair a leaking heart valve that seems to be like this, about five years ago. That has been a compete success.
Good luck for the near future and keep blogging when you can.
I have totally appreciated your posts, and I look forward to their continuation (and yours) post-surgery!
I hope your waiting time for ‘Utrecht’ isn’t too stressful.
Enjoy the December celebrations and try to relax with family.