Photo Essay: Autumn Cycling In The Netherlands

If we had to pick a favourite season for bike touring, autumn would be it.

Summers are too hot, and the bike paths too crowded. Spring is too wet, and winter too icy. But autumn? It’s perfect. Who could argue with a ride along a misty, tree-lined road like this, on a Sunday morning in late October?

Beautiful Sunday Cycling

All around us, colours are popping – not least in the ripe corn, just waiting for the farmer to come and pluck it off the stalk.


The beauty of the surrounding landscape, and the good company, give us plenty of reasons to smile, as we ride along nearly deserted bike paths.


Darkness falls early in October, so by 5pm we’re setting up camp. We’re the only tenters in a huge campground.

Setting up camp

We spread a phenomenal amount of food out on the picnic table. Will 3 people really eat all this? Yes, as it turns out. It’s going to be cold tonight, you know – below freezing. We need insulation! From this pile of food, we make a vegetable curry, rice, smores over the campfire and an apple desert. Yum!

We do eat a lot of food for 3 people...

Before supper, however, we cut wood for the campfire and laugh – a lot. Some of us (Andrew) end up working more than others. Well, there should be at least a few benefits to being 6 months pregnant!

Sawing Wood - a team effort :-)

As night falls, we stoke the campfire, roast marshmallows and talk, until only coals are left, and we wonder if autumn will be kind enough to give us just one more weekend like this, before winter really sets in.

Campfire at the natuurcamping in Sellingen


  1. JaccoW
    25th October 2011 at 6:56 am #

    Very nice. I too hope for some more weekends like this. I could use them right now.
    On another note, how do you like the Hilleberg Nallo 2 gt?

    • Friedel
      25th October 2011 at 6:19 pm #

      Jacco, we quite like the tent. It’s actually the Nallo 3GT. You are not the first person to ask about our thoughts on it. I am going to put it on my list of posts to do in the coming weeks.

  2. Gerry Wells
    25th October 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    Hmmm…. do I enjoy reading about your cycle tours more than actually cycling? Very Close, but hope I have a few years, yet! Great pictures.

  3. Brenda Cupryna
    25th October 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Wish we could have been with you. I can almost smell that campfire and that site looks great.

  4. Eirc
    26th October 2011 at 3:37 am #

    Has to be a favorite season for biking and exploring the area. Looks like you were having a great weekend. Enjoy as the real cold weather is just around the corner.

  5. Debbie Clarke
    30th October 2011 at 1:16 am #

    Cycling in the Netherlands at this time of year is better than in New England – bikes are likely away for the season given that we’re getting our first snow storm – 12 inches of snow. NOooooo!!! Lovely to see your pics.

    • friedel
      30th October 2011 at 6:53 am #

      I saw that on the news – eeeek! It will get cold here, and we’ll probably have snow in late December / January, but nothing like what you get in North America.

  6. Robert
    30th October 2011 at 8:01 am #

    What campsite was that exactly? Looking at the campfire photo it appears to be a Staatsbosbeheer owned.

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