Sunday 26th May
The girls had a nice day of cycling to Harwich, into Maldon for elevenses, through Colchester and stopping near Elmsleigh Market for lunch. We arrived in Harwich slightly ahead of schedule and found a nice hotel/bar that didn’t seem to mind three Lycra clad cyclists sitting in their lounge drinking coffee. Adrian met us at the port, where we had dinner and boarded the overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland.
Monday 27th May
We drove to the Landal Green Park near Scherpenzeel, about a 2 hour drive from the port. It was situated close to the Rhine and in the midst of other cycle routes.
After a late breakfast we set out to explore the local area, taking a couple of ferries across the canals and saw some lovely scenery and wildlife.
Tuesday 28th May
We awoke to torrential rain which seemed set for the day and not safe to cycle. We went to the Airborne Museum near Arnham and learnt a bit of history of the area. The weather eventually cleared allowing us a couple of hours riding in the early evening but much less than we had planned.
Wednesday 29th May
We awoke to a nice sunny day and headed east towards Arnhem and The Veluwe. The scenery was beautiful as we cycled along canals, through the forests and across the reclaimed land. We cycled about 75 miles in total experiencing Dutch cuisine along route with a nice coffee stop and stopped to eat lunch alongside the canal.
Thursday 30th May
A damp drizzly morning but we headed out South towards Nijmegen. It was a public holiday in Holland so quiet to start with but the country came alive with a large “fete” and we walked our through a street market/party. Once we got into the ride we cycled along some beautiful stretches of the Rhine crossing an enormous rail bridge to get into the centre. The centre was buzzing and we had a lovely lunch in a little cafe just as the sun came out for the rest of the day. We cycled around 65 miles, taking in a few hills along the way.
Friday 31st May
All good things come to an end – we headed back to the Hook for our daytime ferry back to Harwich.
A great holiday, thanks to Carol for the booking and Adrian for driving.