Cycling Across The Netherlands
I left the Netherlands about a week ago, but I am finally taking a break in Hannover, Germany to try and process what I have experienced thus far.
These are my favorite photos from my week in The Netherlands from:
Rotterdam-> Delft-> Den Haag-> Gouda-> Utrecht -> Arnhem -> Groenlo and everything in between!
It was so wonderful cycling across The Netherlands. I was lucky with wonderful weather. The countryside is covered in bike paths crossing canals and bright green fields.
I mostly followed the bike signs from city to city and a little bit of the LF4 Cross Country Route. Overall I appreciate these routes and the great signage, but it is so annoying when these routes send me in circles. I guess they want people to take the most “scenic” paths, but to me, everything is “scenic,” so I can live without going backwards, forwards and where-ever. I am slow enough with my heavy loaded bicycle.
There were a few nights when I would be looking for a place to “wild camp” and legal campsites would appear, so that was nice. I did camp in a few odd places on other nights though: deep in the woods and once in some dense trees by a freeway. Every night was an…adventure.
Everyone I met was so nice and helpful but it does get really old to hear: “wow, what you are doing is not safe, especially for a woman. I would never let my children do that. Be careful.” I appreciate the concern, but sometimes these comments get to my head, especially when I am alone at night.
I know I am safe. Most people are in the world are good people. I have a higher chance of dying in a car accident back home than I do with cycling and camping. And I am careful, whatever that means. I am not stupid. I try to make the best choices, but of course, I don’t know everything, especially when I am traveling through foreign countries. So I make mistakes, but it is okay.
Bicycle touring is mentally exhausting more than anything else, but I will write more about that later, for now here are some Dutch highlights!