55 KM To Amsterdam

05/07/2009 22:07 by Amsterdamize

Last Friday I decided to ride back to Amsterdam, instead of taking the train (with Mr Freight). The door-to-door distance is 55 km. It could have been a bit less, as they are more routes than one, but on a nice day like that and in no hurry at all, I chose the more scenic route alongside the Vecht river.

I packed my bike like a mule (that’s what it’s for), got three bottles of water out of the fridge (as it was too humid for comfort), smiled at the absence of wind and I set off at a slow pace (as I usually do), passing through Utrecht and then all the pittoresque towns bordering on and around the river.

55 km to Amsterdam

55 km to Amsterdam

55 km to Amsterdam

Halfway the wind did pick up in a big way and there were some looming clouds, but I was lucky, it never amounted to anything…although at some point I actually wished for that cold shower :).

55 km to Amsterdam

You understand that I had to stop many times to record bits and pieces for prosperity, not just for this blog, but my own appreciation of this beautiful part of the Netherlands. Sure, I know it well (historically) and I’ve been here before a few times in my life, but as it goes, you take it for granted until you actually go the extra mile…I mean kilometer, and take it all in. I sure did.

55 km to Amsterdam

55 km to Amsterdam

55 km to Amsterdam

Even being a native Dutchie and having lived in Amsterdam for almost half my life, entering the city still was something special. One minute you are all alone in rural ecstacy, the next you find yourself in civilization…on two wheels, that is. Of course.

55 km to Amsterdam

Things That Prove You've Arrived in Amsterdam

Things That Prove You've Arrived in Amsterdam

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First vacation sample.

First vacation sample.

And to finish, a notice: last Friday my summer vacation also officially started. Next Saturday (July 11) I will fly to Rome and later on explore Tuscany. I don’t know whether I’ll be doing any more posts the coming week (also dependent on whether my Nikon can be fixed in time), but be sure I will squeeze in some Italian Cycle Chic momentos ;).

With that said, hope you are all well and on two wheels and I wish you an awesome summer! Ciao!





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