Emden to Grosser Meer, Ost Friesland by Bike

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What more could an explorer want than a sunny, warm summer’s day, what more could one ask for when planning a cycle across the heathlands of Germany to the inland waters of Grosser Meer. With a depth of one metre, surrounded by meadowlands and edged with tall reeds, this lake provides the right breeding conditions for the bird and animal life. A quick … Read More

Emden to Pewsum in Little G2

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Little G2 was readied for her first sojourn since late last year. She was perfect for today’s trip, since we could motor beneath even the lowest of bridges. Past the new harbour, where we saw a lift or two for the large ships. Under the first of the bridges, past the Alt Harbour, another bridge or two, and a gentleman … Read More

Electrical Glitch, Emden, Ost Friesland

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Today our intended eastbound journey to Aurich came to an abrupt halt as, with the turn of the key, all that was to be heard was a choking croaking sound followed by a ‘whirrrrrrrr’. Key turned off, water shut down, ‘Bo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-b!!!!!’ Up he came to have a go. ‘Whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!’ ‘Electrical problem,’ said Bob, and down into the depths went he. … Read More

Emden, Ost Friesland, Germany

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An explore of the township today. Emden is only a small town, so it didn’t take long to come across the interesting highlights. It wasn’t that many decades ago that lighthouse ships like this one below were stationed out in the North Sea. No matter the weather or height of the seas, the people that manned them were on board 24/7 … Read More

Dörpen to Oldersum: Kustenkanal, Ems River, Ems Seitenkanal, Germany

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Exiting the Dörpen lock, we moseyed down the last three kilometres of the Kustenkanal to its intersection with the Ems River. At first glance on approaching, it looked a little confusing with its four – way intersection. Fortunately, well sign posted by the authorities, the map and chart plotter at hand, our right turn went without a hitch. The journey … Read More

Oldenburg, Kustenkanal, Germany

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This morning saw us undertake the short motor that took us beneath the Cäcilienbrücke and through the Oldenburg lock into the Kustenkanal. A peaceful mooring was found just past the lock opening and only 3km from the Altstadt. Work was being carried out on the opposite bank. At high water later in the day, it was totally immersed. How is … Read More