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Day 3 sightseeing in Assen (maybe 1km!) and Day 4 Assen to Gronigen (28km) — August 11, 2022

Day 3 sightseeing in Assen (maybe 1km!) and Day 4 Assen to Gronigen (28km)

The deer enclosure in Assen has a pond with a fountain

We caught a train from Lelystad to Assen as planned, and had a sightseeing afternoon once we had dropped the bikes off at our hotel. I have to take a moment to rave about travelling with a bike on a Dutch train – proper bike space, no hanging the bikes by their wheels and all very easy.

Rail route Lelystad to Assen
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Back in the saddle again 2022 days 0, 1 and 2 (18km, 59km and 40km) — August 9, 2022

Back in the saddle again 2022 days 0, 1 and 2 (18km, 59km and 40km)

Some striking houses on the outskirts of Lelystad


It looks as though I didn’t ever finish my blog about our 2019 trip. That’s a shame, as we had fun – cycled on from Lelystad to Zaandam and then returned to the UK via the usual ferry. I had no idea, of course, that we wouldn’t get away for a cycle tour again for three years due to Covid and family issues. It feels like longer, to be honest. It felt familiar and unfamiliar to be cycling from Newcastle out to North Shields to get the ferry to IJMuiden again – lots of the old landmarks but also brilliant sunshine, which isn’t traditional for us. Sitting outside in the ‘Sky Bar’ on the ferry while it headed out to the North Sea felt properly holiday-ish.

Heading out to the North Sea in brilliant sunshine
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2019 – Texel and random touring – Enkhuizen to Lelystad – Days 9 and 10 (35 and 10km) — September 7, 2019

2019 – Texel and random touring – Enkhuizen to Lelystad – Days 9 and 10 (35 and 10km)

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Checkpoint Charlie roadhouse is a welcome coffee stop

Over the Houtribdijk to Lelystad on another windy, but mercifully mainly dry, day. We cycled over this in the opposite direction in 2017 into a mad headwind the whole way. Mainly crosswind this time which was only a problem on the first section where the cycle path runs right beside the road, and every passing lorry gave us a big sideways gust with added sand. It took some time to shower it all out of my hair and face when we reached the hotel.

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2019 – Texel and random touring – Texel to Enkhuizen Days 6, 7 and 8 (21, 25 and 0km) —

2019 – Texel and random touring – Texel to Enkhuizen Days 6, 7 and 8 (21, 25 and 0km)

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Looking across to Enkhuizen from the museum ferry

We are really not putting in the distance this trip – and only partly by design.  We set off on day 7 to cycle to Enkhuizen, which should have been around 69km. The weather forecast didn’t look too good but we put our faith in goretex and neoprene. The cycle to the ferry was a slog into the wind most of the way, but the real fun started at Den Helder as the heavens opened.

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2019 – Texel and random touring – Days 4 and 5 (59 and 19 km) — September 2, 2019
2019 – Texel and random touring – Days 1 to 3 (29, 51 and 8 km) —
2018 Rhine Trip – Day 27 and Overview (40km Rotterdam to Hook of Holland breakwater and then 27km to Haarlem via train from The Hague) — August 30, 2018

2018 Rhine Trip – Day 27 and Overview (40km Rotterdam to Hook of Holland breakwater and then 27km to Haarlem via train from The Hague)

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We finished!

We finished!  Grey, drizzly and windy day for the finish, alas, with full-on rain later. Winding our way out of Rotterdam was slow and made me very glad we didn’t try to finish the previous evening when we would have been tired and hungry. Eventually reached Hook of Holland and cycled out to the end of the breakwater for the obligatory photo before looking for some lunch. 

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2018 Rhine Trip – Day 25 and Day 26 (84 km Arnhem to Vianen and 51km Vianen to Rotterdam) — August 28, 2018
2018 Rhine Trip – Day 24 (84 km Wesel to Arnhem — August 26, 2018
2018 Rhine Trip – Day 23 (75 km Düsseldorf to Wesel) — August 25, 2018

2018 Rhine Trip – Day 23 (75 km Düsseldorf to Wesel)

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We crossed this bridge over the Rhine twice, in crosswinds and with cross words

A day of detours and wind today.  According to the infallible Wikipedia, Düsseldorf is the seventh largest city in Germany and Duisburg the fifteenth – Duisburg with a population approaching half a million and Düsseldorf well over 600,000. There is only a very limited belt of farmland between the northern suburbs of Düsseldorf and the southern suburbs of Duisburg, so the morning ride was slow and complicated as Bruce navigated us through urban streets.  It’s much more tiring doing the endless starting and stopping at junctions, and quite wearing keeping the concentration up to figure out the route cyclists are supposed to take. 

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