A few days ago I did a gravel ride across the university of Dortmund and further on to the harbour and the channel.
The bright colors of Autumn Wonderland have already past and what remains are tons of dead fallen leaves on the ground. The entire world seems to be covered by them, it’s crazy!
And it’s even more crazy to ride bicycles right through them. The wet leaves are so slippery on a descent and so gripless on an ascent, that it’s hard to find some fun on an autumn ride like I did some days ago.
The cold temperatures at night and the short days predict that winter ain’t too far away, so I aim to do as much outside rides on the bicycle as possible before the temperatures drop below zero.

And of course, I’d also like to get as much new footage for the YouTube Channel and this website as I can get!

I did a video of the Autumn Gravel Ride I just wrote about and I’m going to drop it right below this blogpost.
Fallen Leaves, a Gravel Descent and a super narrow dirt trail through the fields are absolutely part of this video:

Tell me what you think about this video in the comments below and make sure to keep on riding bicycles outside whenever you can!
In case you’re located on the southern part of this globe, make sure to send some sunshine over!

-Dennis

Whenever I’m looking for ideas, that would be great as a next YouTube video, that’s when I’m most creative.

The Highway Loop is my latest invention, if you want to call it like that.

What’s the Highway Loop? – It’s a cycling route, that I created while I was scrolling through the streets of Dortmund on google maps, while checking out nice routes for my next YouTube video.

The Loop actually is a cycle path right next to the B54, one of the smaller highways in Dortmund. It starts at the Phoenix West highway entry, follows the highway for 3 km out of town, turns left to cross the highway under a bridge and then follows the highway for 3km in the opposite direction back to Dortmund. While the first part of the loop is challenging your endurance with a light ascent of round about 2%, the way back to town is making up for it, with a light descent of round about 2%. Basically, this just means, you can’t go as fast as you want to on the way out of town, but always as fast as you like on the way back. You should always keep in mind though, that the cycle path is crossing several highway exits, so you better make sure to keep an eye out for cars. Beside of this, the loop’s your classic average cycle path. Tons of potholes, bumps, highway debris and garbage are going to test your reaction and handling skills.

However, the great thing about the highway loop is the fact that you can usually ride without interrruptions like traffic lights or pedestrians. Of course, you might have to stop for cars at the exits, but most of the time you can avoid that with good anticipation.

I did the highway loop on a sunday and I think, that might be the best day of the week to ride it. There’s no rush hour on the highway and most of the weekend cyclists are choosing much nicer routes around town, so there’s a good chance, that you got the cycle path all for yourself.

As I mentioned before, I did a whole video about cycling on the Highway Loop, that I’d like to share with you so, here it is:

Thanks for reading, replying, sharing and liking…

-Dennis