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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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2018 Rhine Trip – Day 22 (52km Cologne to Düsseldorf) — August 24, 2018
2018 Rhine Trip – Day 21 (34km Bonn to Cologne) — August 23, 2018

2018 Rhine Trip – Day 21 (34km Bonn to Cologne)

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Looking across the Rhine at Widdig

The Deutschland Tour cycle race finished its first stage in Bonn today. We had reconsidered our plans yesterday and decided only to cycle as far as Cologne. We spent the morning at Haus der Geschichte, a museum of German life since 1945. This was fascinating and it would have been easy to spend the whole day. It was also tempting to stay and see the finish of the cycling, but that was not going to be till late afternoon – and we still have some way to go. 

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