In and around Holland

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Just a day and a half away from New Mexico, and we are cycling in Holland.  A long way from home and a quick trip– both relative.  We took the El Paso-Los Angeles Limousines from ABQ to Denver.  Packed up the bikes at Denver B-Cycle, thanks to Andy and Phil.  Boarded an RTD commuter bus to DIA.  Flew IcelandAir to Reykjavik, then to Amsterdam and rebuilt the bikes in the airport.  Rode 15km towards the center of town, mouths agape at spectacular sea-level spring and cycling along infinite fietspad, the Dutch word for bike path, and canals.  At last–we are in Holland, in Europe, along well-signed fietspad, and soon, on dirt trails.  Our bikes are exciting and amazing to us.  Our opportunity, also exciting, in which we credit ourselves for hard work and planning and saving money.  While still late spring in the Netherlands, summer is here!

Thanks to Alle and Irena, our Warmshowers hosts in Amsterdam. We left town via the LF20 Flevoroute toward Haarlem, then connected with the LF1 Noordzeeroute towards the south along the coast.  Rolling along sand dunes at dusk, we took cover under a small shelter as coastal clouds rolled onshore.  Within a day, we will connect with the GR5 walking trail, which connects the North Sea with the Mediterranean.  Anyone in southern Holland or Belgium? Luxembourg or eastern France?  

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Enjoy our summer in Europe with us!  Lael has more great posts on her blog, Lael’s Globe of Adventure.

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22 thoughts on “In and around Holland

  1. Ditto and loved the pictures! Wish I was there, but this blog is the next best thing to riding next to you (okay – really behind you by quite a bit)!

  2. As the greatgrandson of Dutch immigrants I recommend you have yourself some stroopwaffles.
    Honey and butter combined in waffle form.
    One of my favorite midride treats.

    • Nice, I was pretty excited when I found stroopwaffles at New Sagaya. My sister always brings me some when she visits, but it was nice to be able to buy them whenever I like.

      Banket is another favorite.
      Both my grandmothers would bake up logs of banket around the holidays and special occasions.

      Another popular Dutch junk food worth sampling is oliebollen.
      The name says it all if you’ve mastered even the slightest bit of the Dutch language.

  3. Had about 80 people for coffee today. Everyone misses you. Sounds like your new adventure is off to an amazing start. Thanks again for helping us get this started. It really is something you’ll always be a part of….

  4. Very nice to have you in Europe =) I will follow your adventures now even more closely, as I might just intercept you somewhere doen the trail/ road/ fietspad =)

    In NL you should eat Fries with Mayo and Bitterballe, and in Belgium you should try some of their beers.

  5. Great pics, Nick. Congrats on finally reaping the rewards of saving and planning. I love the last photo. You two and your happy thoughts generators. Be well and enjoy.

  6. Thanks for all the kind thoughts! Only a few days from Amsterdam, we have enjoyed world-class cyclepaths, a decidedly un-New Mexican coastal climate, and some great people. We have spent a few nights sleeping in sand dunes, and a few nights in cities so far. Looking for some GR trails soon.

    • Have not yet seen a single ligfiets on the fietspad. Yes, his and hers bike helmets to match his and hers bikes, forks, tires and handlebars. The necessary Giro Rocloc replacement kit to repair the retention system in my old helmet cost $12 and was only available online. REI in Denver was selling a new Reverb for $23. Sold.

      • Yep, I’m living in Konstanz. As I said, you’re absolutely welcome for a stay. If you’re heading south I recommend the Vosges Mountains. Never been there myself but I heard that the GR 53 (not sure if it was this number, but I think the GR hiking trails in general) should be ridable and fun. Also consider riding through the Black Forest. Beautiful nature there!

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