What a trip….

Well, we’re back!  Our trip to the Netherlands was superb; mostly good weather, great people, interesting sites and amazing cycling.  We did a lot of tenting at various campsites and had a few nights at some very nice B&Bs around the country.  With the exception of the last three nights, typically we did 3-4 nights camping and then one a night in a B&B.  Our route was similar to our pre-trip map but we didn’t make it to the North-East at all – next time!  The distances are tiny but we didn’t want to stretch ourselves too far and we wanted to really experience places and people, not spend all our time on a bike seat!

Cycling infrastructure in the Netherlands is the best in the world.  Often times, we would do a 50km ride and 47km would be on dedicated cycle paths.  In the towns, roundabouts and traffic lights were specific to bicycles.  We’re so far behind in Canada.

Overall, it was a great trip.  I did learn a few things:

  • Most bike shops in the Netherlands have an outdoor air hose; take every opportunity to use it.
  • Don’t pass up an opportunity to use a toilet or fill a water-bottle.
  • With the exception of the coast areas, the wind was never as bad as everyone warned us.
  • The LF routes (national cycle routes or fietspads) are fantastic but circuitous; distance between two points was typically at least 50% greater than the same route via car.  Take this into your calculations when ride planning!
  • Camping is a great way to get around; lots of sites, most of them with excellent shower facilities.
  • Pack light; our travel mantra but one which bears repeating.
  • Have fun, laugh and realize that the worst situation we were in was about 1% of what some people suffer.  This made the rainy rides and soggy camping a lot more tolerable!

I would highly recommend a cycling trip to the Netherlands.  The cycling infrastructure is amazing and the scenery and people wonderful.  I hope to have my movie made in the next few days and will post it when complete.

Enjoy!

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