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D · Nude hiking and biking weekend in Münsterland [25 September 2016]

 ► Nude biking and hiking weekend in Münsterland [24 September 2016]

Nude biking
Nude biking

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.

The hiking group frequently passed farms along their trail, where they were often waved and greeted by joyous groups of children and their adult companions, while the men and elder youngsters of the farm worked on the corn harvest in 12-hour shifts.

Nude cyclists encounter hikers in the buff
Nude cyclists encounter hikers in the buff

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]

Barefoot on gravel? Brrrrr!

Hiking in the buff – sometimes also barefoot on rough ground
Hiking in the buff – sometimes also barefoot on rough ground

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.

Of course, many groups, who prefer to hike or cycle in sweated clothes, had also made their way into nature, and so many encounters between nude and clothed nature lovers happened on this day, all of which were in friendly, mutual understanding.

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 hike on Saturday, 24 September 2016, started surprisingly: Despite the directions given, two naturists were not sure, at which wind power station we would meet. “You're funny, there are so many wind power station here!”, one of them said later. It is actually pleasing, that the turn to regenerative energy supply already shows so many visible results, that the hint “Meeting at the wind power station” can confuse foreign visitors despite accurate directions due to the sheer number of them in the area.

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.

He smiled, as he asked, if we were the ones, who had hiked and cycled nude in the area a few weeks earlier, and if we were the ones, who had dinner in the nude in the restaurant Das kleine Kartoffelhaus [en: The Little Potato House].

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!

Our naturist message in English
Slogans to be printed on posters or clothes to inform others about your hobby
Slogans to be printed on posters or clothes
to inform others about your hobby

At the beginning of the following week, two of us visited the farm with a “Thank you!” card and a bottle of good regional, wood-barreled corn schnapps. Of course, we were dressed – wearing shirts with a naturist message in German printed on our shirts. Luckily, we met senior and junior farmer, a conversation begun after the “Thank you!” expressed also verbally.

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.

Also, other cars parked there would cause insurance issues in case of objects falling down by accident.

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

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