► Nude biking and hiking weekend in Münsterland [24 September 2016]
The last weekend of September should again spend a nice and warm weather, so the initiators of the WNT offered a continuation: 17 naturists splitted into a hiking and a biking group and started their tour with sunshine at 19°C.
For the bikers, the airstream was still a bit cool, but the temperature arose quickly and reached over 25°C. 58 km made the biking group on their tour, the hikers needed an hour and a half longer for their 24 km.
Bikers and hikers in the north-western Münsterland were greeted with funny comments or questions.
Towards the end of the hike, a group of nude bikers met the group halfway. A sportive biker, who passed them at the same time, said: “I thought, I am lightly dressed. You do it right!”
At the end of the day, we stopped again for a bite to eat at the restaurant Das kleine Kartoffelhaus [en: The Small Potato-House] in Altenberge, where the naturists were served again exquisitely. Because a dinner in the nude in August in Altenberge has been well around, we also left here the German version of our informative brochure about nude life as information for interested restaurant guests.
► Nude hiking in south-west Münsterland [25 September 2016]
Last Sunday in September once again offered a high summer day with temperatures of up to 28°C and deep-blue sky. Nude hikers in Münsterland, Hamburg, Marburg, and Swabia felt attracted by nature, in order not to miss this splendid day.
Particularly noteworthy were farmers working 12 to 13 hours utilising the dry weather to harvest corn before the next rainfall.
In the south-western part of Münsterland, an international group of hikers had gathered. We had the option to hike through a meadow or through a neighbouring brook, the latter also offering an occasional whole body cooling.
The final visit at the restaurant Haus Waldfrieden was dominated by a Bavarian-style Oktoberfest, whose original is celebrated each year 600 km away. The most popular dish was Bavarian style Sauerbraten, which had a different taste than the dish with that name in Rhineland. We were very satisfied!
► 27 September 2016: Thank you very much indeed for your liberal consent! [supplemented on 13 Febrar 2017]
The two triggered a big surprise by asking at a farm nearby, in a distance of approx. 4 km from the centre of Altenberge, at which of the many wind power stations we naturists would meet. This prompted the senior farmer to drive to our meeting point and inquire, why there were so many vehicles parked at the wind power station nearby.
We confirmed that with a smile back.
He informed us, that parking lots at wind power stations are actually reserved for the operators, who occasionally have to bring large-scale equipment there, to carry out maintenance or emergency work.
That Saturday, he allowed us to park on his private property for this day as an exception. Our tour was rescued!
We learned, that farmers leasing land needed for a wind power station to the respective operator, need to contractually commit themselves, to keep the space clear at all time for large lorries. The space is reserved for maintenance and emergency work.
We take this into account and will no longer park cars at wind power stations.
Surely, our “Thank you!” sended a message well understood and distributed among the farmers' community, that we are normal people, who know how to behave well in society, to listen to others, and to respond in an appropriate manner.
– Report: Rainer
53 km and some local highlights along the route
Davert is the largest contiguous forest area in Münsterland, which until approx. 1800 was nearly always wet and foggy and was considered scary and dangerous. Afterwards, people started digging ditches for drainage.
Biking in the buff
The start of the bike ride along the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal [en: Dortmund-Ems Canal] was a little bit cool at 19°C, and occasionally even some drizzle. After lunch, however, as promised, we had sunshine and the temperature rose to more than 25°C.
Among the highlights along the route were objects as diverse as a beautifully designed private chapel at a manor, the 200-year-old Teufelseiche [en: Devil's oak], the ammunition dump, that caused the British Air Force to bombard the area in World War II, and a tower house with loopholes (an old knight's seat) or a fortified house with brick walls 1.5 m thick.
At the end of the tour, we strolled in the nude through Venner Moor and then had dinner with delicious Westphalian broad beans (bot.: vicia faba) in the restaurant Zur Davert in Davensberg.
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