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Netherlands

Your Linesman

Rogier de Bruijn

Rogier lives in the south of the Netherlands. He rides a motorcycle now but, before that he drove a 4×4 quad through the off road tracks of Europe. He now prefers 2 wheels over 4.

He likes to plan tracks in Basecamp on topo maps and then discover new trails and help others do the same.

Since the beginning of the TET, there’s been a fantastic community and he’s proud to be the linesman for the Netherlands. In the future he hopes to explore the whole TET. He likes to carry camping gear on his journeys and likes to wildcamp if he can.

He hopes that you’ll enjoy the TET going through the “”Flatlands”” but asks you to keep in mind that it’s a work in progress due to constantly changing rules. So enjoy your time here and let others enjoy theirs.

DOWNLOAD THE GPX TRACK

The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment’s notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

  1.  Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid
  2. If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group
  3. Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble
  4. Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines
  5. Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse
  6. On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them
  7. Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone
  8. Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

Generally from March to November.
Dutch, most people will also speak English
Not allowed, Hefty fines possible. Making a fire could cost you €280 and wild camping €140
Stay legal, obey the traffic signs. There are plenty of smaller non-traffic signs prohibiting motorised entry to areas of land and woods.

ROUTE OVERVIEW

Mostly flat, sandy terrain. There is a fair bit of sand to ride through which can be a challenge for people on big bikes and/or riders with less experience. You have to be fearless in sand! Depending on the weather and time of year, some patches can range from fesh fesh to moderate quicksand. Rock hard dry places along with slippy slidey mud can be found as well. Plenty of woodlands along the route.

Please note that the liaison section from TET Netherlands to the port near Amsterdam is all tar road. If you have information which will allow it to include some legal off pavement trails please contact the Linesman NL

WHAT NOT TO MISS

You'll see plenty of windmills! Some are open on certain days so you can inspect some of their inner workings. They are mostly open when they are milling.

Some of the foods to try are ""Stroopwafels"" (sort of biscuits) and ""Frikandel speciaal"" which is a fried stick of meat (on a bun or not as you wish) with curry sauce, mayonnaise and shredded raw onions. I like it ! There's plenty more to eat, drink and see but it'll depend on your taste.
Another thing not to miss is the road signs. (not that there are many... )

The fines for speeding can be hefty, along with other things you shouldn't do so obey the rules and you should be fine.

There might be people out walking who will argue that you're riding there illegally but they are wrong. Just say you won't do it again 😉 Be nice to people, stop and kill engine when you encounter horses please and go slow in or near farms and built up areas. It's a small country with limited off-roading, help us preserve what we have.

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