We ride from Leiden to The Hague and then I finally get to ride the LF1 Noordzee route from Scheveningen to Zandvoort.
While you were all watching the eclipse I was having a pleasant day riding through the forest of Amsterdam.
300 miles later I have officially made it to Amsterdam and take several days to just be a tourist.
The city route turns out to be a happy accident when I get to experience 2 markets and several lakes in and around this quaint little town.
Riding by 18th century windmills, mini horses, and swans into cheese town.
My first time using Vrienden op de Fiets and experiencing a Benelux Pride.
A new country, new friends, and the beautiful old city of Ghent.
Rain and knee pain filled my second and third day’s but so did a beautiful cathedral and a welcoming Warm Showers host.
A 60 mile day full of backtracking and getting lost on weird cobblestone streets, hiking trails and roads that were bigger than I wanted was a real test of wills…but I did it.
Jet lag loomed and setting up the bike was stressful but a weekend in Paris was also just as lovely as you would expect.