1. Sleep in late (is 8 o’clock late?)
2. Sit around reading and drinking coffee
3. Do laundry
4. Go for a walk in the park
5. Take pictures
6. More reading and a little writing and a little planning for the sunny days ahead!!!!
I suppose that every adventure comes with its surprises…some good and some, well, ????
Last night we arrived at our Vrienden cottage and let’s just say it was definitely not the usual…
It also doubles as a Yoga Studio….so that was cool…I had a very good session all by myself this morning! A great way to start the day!
So today we headed back to the IJssel River to follow it to its mouth near the town of Kampen. We had a bit of a crosswind, cloudy skies but no rain.
And we came across this lovely little set up to take a load off our poor tired buttocks and have a coffee. This trip we have brought along a thermos which we fill every morning with Starbucks coffee for our afternoon “pick me up”.
And here is a map showing exactly where we were…the GPS was working! (that’s the pink arrow)
We wandered a bit through the town of Kampen and picked up some groceries for dinner.
We had a lovely 2 days zigging and zagging around the Veluwe and now we are into the Overijssel area. Missed yesterday’s post because we had little or no internet connection! But our Vrienden cottage (near the town of Epe) was absolutely lovely and the Brummel family were very friendly hosts! As you can see, I just couldn’t stop taking pictures…it was so beautiful….
The previous Vrienden in Uddel was also very lovely but I forgot to take pics!!! We had 4 friendly goats for neighbours there!
Here is a photo summary of our last few days…
Some cool art exhibits along the way…
Some cool art exhibits along the way.
The fungi of the day.
Signs, signs, everywhere signs!
Not sure what it is about the Dutch countryside but once I get on my bicycle and start pedaling I get such a feeling of peace…in a way it is a meditative state. The colour green is also so soothing, the sky is so big, and the clouds always changing! Sunday is a very quiet day on the roads and trails….or maybe it is the area we are cycling through…apparently it is the ‘Bible Belt” of Netherlands. Anyway…heading for the IJssel River today, then North towards Kampen….Tomorrow!
location map of the Veluwe
A forest on the Veluwe
“The Veluwe is a forest-rich ridge of hills (1100 km2) in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. The Veluwe features many different landscapes, including woodland, heath, some small lakes and Europe’s largest sand drifts.
The Veluwe is the largest push moraine complex in the Netherlands, stretching 60 km from north to south, and reaching heights of up to 110 metres. The Veluwe was formed by the Saalian glacial during the Pleistocene epoch, some 200,000 years ago. Glaciers some 200 metres thick pushed the sand deposits in the Rhine and Maas Delta sideways, creating the hills which now form most of the Veluwe. Because the hills are made of sand, rain water disappears rapidly, and then it flows at a depth of tens of metres to the edges where it reaches the surface again.” (Wikipedia)
I could hear the raindrops this morning, but I could also hear the birds singing, which gave me hope for a brighter day. As the morning progressed a few blue patches of sky appeared eventually turning larger and larger until the sun came through.
We had a lovely evening in our Vrienden Op De Fiets garden cottage…cozy warm and dry! Our hostess Carolina was friendly and spoke perfect English. We headed out of Putten towards our destination of Uddel but wanted to explore the Veluwe area so took a roundabout route which was completely unplanned! The landscape is truly varied and at times even “hilly” (okay, so it’s the Netherlands where anything that’s not perfectly flat is cosidered a hill). Anyway, I had to actually shift gears a few times today! We passed through lots of forested areas where you definitely see the evidence of wild boars along the trail…all the ground was dug up and their hoof prints were everywhere.
After riding through the forest we came out into the fields of heather similar the ones we cycled through near Hilversum. It is a stark change from the forest and the sun warmed our backs as we pedaled along. As we sat eating our picnic lunch we studied our maps on Pocket Earth as it was still too early to head to our cottage in Uddel. I noticed an icon just north of our location which was a castle…hmmm, I love castles…so we decided on a route to pass by and check it out. It was a lovely ride on a paved narrow road with very little traffic lined by huge beech(?) trees, some of which had been taken down and had these amazing fungi arrangements growing out of them!
Eventually we arrived at the Staverden castle…
The coolest thing was that the Coach house where they had kept the horses has been turned into a brewery…and is also a historical monument. (Stay tuned for pictures to follow)
It was time to head to our cottage in Uddel which was only a few kilometres away…more on that later….it’s been a long day and time to hit the hay!
We finally made the big leap and left our safe and cozy cocoon back in Hilversum.
We are now heading east towards the Hoge Veluwe National Park avoiding all major cities if at all possible!
A cloudy day eventually turned into a Dutch drizzle…
After passing a Marina in the middle of some green fields with cows and sheep grazing, we passed a mobile bridge and eventually came to the EEms River at Eemdijk where we got on a very small ferry to cross which cost €0.90!! Then a quick lunch stop at another marina where we watched a very large barge sail by…
The drizzle turned to a rain as we pulled into Spakenburg where a warm dry coffee shop provided a bit of shelter and a hot drink….10 minutes was all it took…and we were back to merely a cloudy day. As we wandered around the ‘Brink’ (ie, Dutch for Town Square) we stopped to check out this shipyard building very cool traditional Dutch sailing vessels…
I find it quite interesting that a small country like the Netherlands which has such a large population still has so much green space and wild wetlands with a huge amount of bird life!
Yes, well, we were indeed soaking wet by the time we arrived at our lovely cottage in Putten!
Obviously this photo was taken on a better day…maybe tomorrow?
And here is a map of the route we took from Hilversum to Putten…