Author Topic: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle  (Read 6428 times)

Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #50 on: September 04, 2017, 07:45:37 am »
Yes that's a definite possibility.
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #51 on: September 04, 2017, 08:56:16 am »
I shall be in Groningen tonight for 2 nights staying at Stadcamping if you fancy a beer

Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #52 on: September 04, 2017, 09:46:24 am »
Hi Jen  :D   Not sure I'll be there in time, but we'll see.
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #53 on: September 04, 2017, 08:43:47 pm »
Up & paid for the campsite, then off. Deventer looks a nice little place. They filmed "A Bridge Too Far" there as Arnhem itself was too obviously rebuilt . Following the IJsell all day with a few diversions, but easy & very pleasant riding in the sunshine (I'd think some of these dijk top paths would be horrible in wet & windy weather)


I made a poor choice of cafe at lunchtime, they had no food due to a massive party yesterday. I had a large beer & rode off to find a bench on which to eat bread & cheese.


I got lost in Zwolle, which seems a nice enough place to do it. Another pretty town that has me thinking it would be nice to park the bike up & go for a walk about.


I missed the cycle route so just followed the river to Hasselt, there is a small campsite in the yacht basin.


Rice & beef with garlic & Chilli.
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #54 on: September 05, 2017, 08:46:14 am »
Don't think I've ever had so many mozzie bites. Even my arse is lumpy with them  :(


There don't appear to be that many about, but the ones that get through do the damage. I was sure there were none in the tent when I zipped up last night, but this morning she's there, bloated with my involuntary donation  >:(
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #55 on: September 05, 2017, 08:24:07 pm »
Today started off bright & sunny, but clouded over later. No rain to speak of.


Left Hasselt & the LF9 route took me across dead flat polder fields, following the straight lines of the drainage ditches, zig zagging all the way to Meppel.


Skirting Steenwijk the route goes through a forested area with a lot of military activity & a big army base. I was thinking it was the Dutch version of Salisbury Plain when I found a couple of Neolithic barrows at Havelterberg.  For some reason I don't stop for lunch & make do with muesli bars. More woodland riding to Oude Willem where I camp for the night.


I've run out of tea again  :(
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #56 on: September 06, 2017, 12:02:46 pm »
Just ran into JenM on a cycle path in the middle of nowhere  :D


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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #57 on: September 06, 2017, 03:09:45 pm »
Great tour blog, keep it coming!
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #58 on: September 06, 2017, 05:14:03 pm »
At Groningen after a damp day.  Pitched next to a couple from Milton Keynes.
Will have a look around the city tomorrow & get a train to Den Haag on Friday to ride back to the ferry port.


My battery pack & phone are both dead. Need to find somewhere to recharge.
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #59 on: September 06, 2017, 05:26:48 pm »
In Den Haag visit the Maritshuis if you can.  They make a big fuss about the Girl with the Pearl Earring, but there are also some Rembrandts too. It is a lovely location.

Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #60 on: September 06, 2017, 05:43:07 pm »
Thanks.  I've been before a couple of years ago but another visit would be good. I worry about leaving the bike & gear alone in a city though. Do they have supervised parking over here ?
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #61 on: September 06, 2017, 05:56:57 pm »
They do. Try the railway station.
Should be an attended bike park for a couple of euros per day.

Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #62 on: September 06, 2017, 07:03:22 pm »
I love my "Light My Fire" firesteel but it's no good for lighting mozzie coils.  Light the Trang,  set fire to piece of cardboard, burn fingers, light coil.


Smells worse than joss sticks..... :sick:
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #63 on: September 06, 2017, 09:02:22 pm »
Thanks.  I've been before a couple of years ago but another visit would be good. I worry about leaving the bike & gear alone in a city though. Do they have supervised parking over here ?
In the basement of Centraal Station, accessed via a ramp on the South side of the station. Look for Fiets Stallen signs.
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #64 on: September 07, 2017, 07:37:12 am »
Someone has nicked my battery pack from the campsite toilet block where I'd left it on charge overnight
 >:(

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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #65 on: September 07, 2017, 08:12:42 am »
Bastards!
Eating's a serious business. Don't bollocks around wagging your tail.

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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #66 on: September 07, 2017, 08:52:29 am »
Sorry to hear this, hopfully you can purchase another in Groningen? It's a large enough city.
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #67 on: September 07, 2017, 09:32:50 am »
Just found it in the ladies. Bloody yoof group messing about I think.
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #68 on: September 07, 2017, 10:15:29 am »
What were you doing in the Ladies?  :demon:

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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #69 on: September 07, 2017, 02:09:08 pm »
What were you doing in the Ladies?  :demon:

Recharging his batteries.
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #70 on: September 07, 2017, 02:43:26 pm »
What were you doing in the Ladies?  :demon:

discharging his batteries.

Fixed that for ya!!
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #71 on: September 08, 2017, 10:37:28 am »

Bloody slugs everywhere 😱
On the tent, in my shoes, in my pans, I even found one curled up in the bowl of my spork!


Another was fixed to the spout of my meths bottle & others were slurping on broken bits of mosquitoe coil.
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Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #72 on: September 08, 2017, 02:59:12 pm »
You're really getting value for money from this tour, aren't you?
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #73 on: September 08, 2017, 03:08:11 pm »
You're really getting value for money from this tour, aren't you?

Splutter...    ;D 

Re: AndrewC's Nederland Noodle
« Reply #74 on: September 08, 2017, 09:05:26 pm »
And the last day.....


It pissed down all night, hence the Slug-a-thon.  The battery pack doesn't seem to be holding a charge, so no phone for most of the day.   I packed up all my damp gear & rode to the station where a nice machine sold me a ticket. €33 for me & the bike to Den Haag.  (Groningen station is quite pretty as stations go)


Uneventful 2 1/2 hours on the train. I left the bike & bags in the massive underground parking area & walked to the Maritshuis. As well as the permanent  collection they have borrowed a load of stuff from the main gallery in Antwerp (being refurbished) so several lovely  Van Dyck's & Rubens to look at.


I left at 17:45 and the heavens opened. I was only wearing my light camping trousers on my legs as well.


Gave up on the cycle route & just followed the road to the coast & turned left into a headwind...


I was not a happy bunny when I reached the ferry port.  After standing at a barrier in worsening rain for 20 mins a bloke in a truck thing gave me a personal escort onto the ship.


Now washed & dry, supping an indifferent red in the restaurant. Don't think it will be a late night...
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