Bike: 22 miles
Monday, June 23, 2008
Bike: 22 miles
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
So the decision was made that I would leave my bike with Austin... and I started traveling without my bike.
Friday, May 30, 2008
I find it to be a lot easier to ride with minimal rest days... Biking through England, I basically was riding everyday. But since I've gotten to mainland Europe, I've been having a rest day pretty much every other day. I actually think it makes it more difficult, because I get out of the mindset of riding. And so yet again, after not having ridden in three days, I was not really in the mindset...
So I ended up being rescued by Austin by car in a city about 15 miles from his place.
Route (Brussels to Enghien): N8 / N285
Bike: 22 miles
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Well let's see. What should have been a 60 mile ride turns into a 90 mile ride. Am I really surprised. Not really.
Getting out of the Netherlands was relatively easy. There were bike path signs leading all the way to Belgium. Even to Breda, which is a city a little before Belgium in the Netherlands.
Oh, and it definitely started pouring basically once I got into Belgium. I didn't want to be as wet and cold as I was during my ride to Luton in England, so I decided to give my poncho a try. And it actually worked out well. I wasn't sure what it'd be like wearing a pancho while riding, so I didn't use it during my ride to Luton. But now that I know it really doesn't interfere with riding (besides minimal wind resistance), I will not hesistate to use my poncho in the future!
Anyway, so the hard rain lasted for about an hour (actually I have no idea because I have no sense of time when I'm riding... or ever haha), and then it let up and the sun came out.
So I made it to Breda, and there, as far as I could tell, the bike path signs that were so helpful abruptly disappeared. Oh! And I came across a street named after JFK--how random! Anyway, so in Breda, I started using my compass. Unlike when I used my compass to get to Rotterdam, the roads to Antwerp didn't always go in the direction I wanted it to. So I ended up going too far east, and then figured out a road that went southwest (or maybe just west, I don't remember) to get me on a road that went straight down south to Antwerp... or something like that. That probably didn't make sense anyway haha. Oh, and I passed through a street carnival (in a city I shouldn't have even been going through). One of the rides was called "American bump cars." With an American flag. But I liked how they distinguished bumper cars as being American haha.
Anyway, so eventually I found my way to Antwerp.
Route (Rotterdam to Antwerp): followed bike paths signs to Breda, then used compass
Bike: 91 miles
Friday, May 23, 2008
Amsterdam to Rotterdam
It took me over an hour to get out of Amsterdam. Of course I started using my google map directions, but when that failed, I resorted to plan B, which was to just start heading south using my compass. There were occasionally signs pointing to different cities, and had I known what cities were between Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the signs may have been a little bit of a help. (I really need to replace my lost map.) But instead, I just kept heading south and southwest, in (what I thought was) the general direction of Rotterdam.
I came across a sign pointing to Utrecht, and started going in that direction because I thought maybe somehow it could work out going that way... but then texted Dinja to have her confirm my suspicion that Utrecht is much further east than I want to be. Rotterdam is more southwest of Amsterdam. East would be in a completely wrong direction. So then at the next possible intersection, I started heading in a different direction. This took me to more of the countryside and back roads.
I just kept looking at my compass and riding either south or southwest, just hoping I would end up in the right general direction.
Eventally, I found out what city I was in by asking someone on the street and went into a bookstore to look at a map. I was going in the right direction, YAY! After that all I had to do was follow bike path signs to Gouda and Rotterdam! Yes, it was wonderful, there are signs specific to bike paths leading to various cities.
So I was able to make it to Rotterdam!
It actually turned out to be a good thing I didn't follow my directions. Or else I wouldn't have had as scenic of a route as I did. Lots of open fields, lots of canals, lots of residential areas I passed through.
Oh, and I had my first incident of a bug flying into my mouth while riding. And I swallowed it. SICK!!!!!
Route (Amsterdam to Rotterdam): following bike paths going south/southwest
Bike: 59 miles
Bike around Amsterdam throughout stay: 17 miles