Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I Head North To The Netherlands (1)
An earlier trip to the Netherlands 2006 - Somewhere close to Volendam, north of Amsterdam.
Someone once said that "We are not here for a long time, so we might as well have a good time" - I quite like that saying - So having recently retired (and to also prove my maxim 'Carpe Diem' is not just a whole lot of hot air), I will this Friday the 11th of September begin a series of aeroplane flights that take me to The Netherlands. I will be away for 6 weeks on a cycle ride through The Netherlands and Belgium.
This trip is something that I have been quietly planning for some time. Lately the pace has quickened and I have completed an overnight camp, purchased some more cycling gear to pack into my panniers, pored over some maps with a magnifying glass (don't laugh, at 58 a magnifying glass is a serious piece of equipment), read a couple of guide books and completed much internet searching. So on Friday I shall place my destinations, expectations and resolutions in my shirt pocket, clamber aboard a big steel bird and head northwards.
The Netherlands and Northern Belgium (Flanders) have amongst other attractions, two that are important for cyclists - both these areas are as flat as a pancake and both are cyclist friendly places with dedicated cycle tracks alongside the roads and special cycle only routes. When you combine this with the huge cultural and historical interest of both countries taken at a leisurely cycling pace (I am praying for a Northern Hemisphere Indian summer here) you have the potential for an interesting and attractive holiday - I shall keep you posted.