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MARKENMEER – a 170km cycling loop from Amsterdam

The road north out of Amsterdam

I set myself another cycling project this week – to ride around the Zuider Zee. 170km is further than I want to ride in a day, and a force 4 gale coming up from the south-west makes riding by the water tough at times.

Fortunately there are stations nicely spaced along the route, and trains with compartments for bikes shuttle back to Amsterdam a couple of times an hour. I can take it one day at a time. Continue reading


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FLEVOLAND – spuds from the sea

Niek Vos and several hundred experimental new potato species ready for planting.

Cycling on safe, flat bike paths and quiet country roads, gentle tail winds blowing between green fields, stopping for a pleasant chat with potato farmers, taking a break for coffee and apple cake at a World Heritage village and finally, after a satisfying 90 kilometres, sleeping in a comfortable chalet – just another day on the Pieperpad. Continue reading


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