Day 2: Harwich to Amstelveen

Saturday April 7, 2007, 86 km (54 miles) – Total so far: 248 km (154 miles)

Our ferry arrived in Hoek van Holland at 4:15pm local time and we still had the 80km ride to Amstelveen ahead of us, it was going to be touch and go as to whether we made it during daylight. We met a few other cyclists on the boat, two British riders and a Dutch guy named Peter who had been touring in England. Peter very kindly acted as our guide, explained a little about cycling in the Netherlands and led us as far as the beautiful city of Delft.

The route from Delft to Amstelveen followed a series of canals and rivers and was all cycle path. in fact, cyclists are not actually allowed to use most of the Dutch road network. There is far more water in Holland than I had realised, it reminds me a bit of Venice and the Po delta region. There were some really nice (and expensive looking) houses on the river banks, many with their yachts moored at the bottom of the gardens.

We arrived in Amstelveen just after dark and telephoned our host Richie for directions. Richie already had some pizza in the oven by the time we found his apartment, and some chilled beers in the fridge. Thanks mate!

The canal side cycle path would lead us all the way to Amstelveen

The canal side cycle path would lead us all the way to Amstelveen

An old bridge in the town of Voorburg

An old bridge in the town of Voorburg

Darren enjoying our afternoon ride

Darren enjoying our afternoon ride

The Netherlands is famous for its windmills

The Netherlands is famous for its windmills

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