Holland cycle tour plan
Mrs Taylor has organised this one single-handedly. She's been on some Dutch bike route planning website or another and planned the following for us in September:
- Day 1: Europoort – Den Haag (30 miles)
- Day 2: Den Haag – Haarlem (40 miles)
- Day 3: Haarlem – Hoorn (41 miles)
- Day 4: Hoorn – Oppenhuizen (62 miles)
- Day 5: Oppenhuizen – Kampen (52 miles)
- Day 6: Kampen – Deventer (35 miles)
- Day 7: Deventer – Nijmegen (64 miles)
- Day 8: Nijmegen – Dordrecht (67 miles)
- Day 9: Dordrecht – Europoort (41 miles)
She's also booked B&B accommodation from a list of budget establishments in a book called '2010 Vrienden op de Fiets' which is all written in Dutch. The route and all the overnight stops are now on my Garmin. My only stipulation for this trip is that I want to cycle across a 30 kilometre-long dyke on the way from Hoorn to Oppenhuizen, called the Afsluitdijk. On the first night we're staying with Friedel and Andrew who live in Den Haag and who've kindly offered to put us up, which will be nice. They've cycled round the world and are still very keen cycle tourists.
I'm also looking forward to cycling across the Nijmegen Bridge. I went over it by car in 2005. I love cycling across bridges but this one is special as my father (now 92) was involved in heavy fighting there in WW2 and stayed a while in Nijmegen.
We're sailing to Holland from Hull, which is a lot nearer to drive to than Harwich, the ferry port we use to get to Denmark. That's all I know about this cycle tour! (except that Holland is flat and is partly below sea level)
Chris, our CycleSeven fellow-blogger, lives near Hull, and we're leaving our car at his house instead of the long-stay car park at the port. All we have to do is cycle a few miles, then we're on the boat. Thanks Chris and Mrs Bailey.
I'll write a full report when we are back.
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