I've tried posting this in the regional forums, without much success. I don't think they have enough traffic (so to speak).
This spring (late April/early May) I'll be biking in Netherlands and Germany. I'm planning to start near the German border and go into the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
I know that Netherlands is very bike friendly, complete with an infrastructure of paths , lanes and trails because I've toured there before. How about that part of Germany? Are there any canals or rail trails that I can follow? I prefer off-road as much as possible. I also stealth camp along the way so I prefer less densely populated areas.
As neat as on-line maps are, I really need to able to the big picture. Are there maps of bicycle routes in this area? By maps I mean OS type - 1:50,000 or 1:100,000 maps, rather than the free ones you get from the tourist office.
I am looking for some low traffic recommended routes. I've got 2-3 weeks.
Oh, by the way...will I need to speak German?