A much better ride today, no wind and no rain, although it was rather chilly, but I’ll take the cold over the rain any day!I’ve spent the whole day on cycle paths, in fact since I’ve been in Holland I don’t think I’ve cycled on a single road!
How things have changed, I remember the last time I came here I got nothing but abuse from car drivers, as I cycled along the roads!
But back then we didn’t have the app’s we have today, it was a good old paper map!
And of course the maps I use are of the whole country, and don’t show minor, or rather smaller towns! According to my maps, there was nothing between Arnhem and Rotterdam!
I had an annoying start to the day, in fact the whole day has been rather annoying!
Initially the day started off really well, I got up and found that the tent was more or less dry! No having to pack it away wet for a change. Unfortunately while I was having breakfast, it started to rain! Only for a short while, but enough to get the tent damp, never mind, same old, same old!
About an hour into my ride today, the wind got up and it started to rain and has been doing so on and off all day, in fact it’s been pretty chilly! The weather’s been so bad I only took a couple of photos, and their not exactly brilliant!
What a delightful hotel last night, run by Peter and Brigitte, it made a nice change not to be over charged, as I seem to have been the past few nights! They even insisted on me taking some food from breakfast to have as a packed lunch!
I’ve now left the vineyards and castles, the landscape has become a lot flatter and much more industrialised!
I got caught in a heavy squally shower, just as I was coming into Cologne! That delayed me for a good hour waiting for it to pass. There was no need to try and ride in it, the rain was torrential and the wind was just too strong!
I got pretty cold after getting wet, and it took quite a long time before I warmed up again.
I did have intentions of looking around a couple of the cities I passed through, Bonn and Cologne .
Bonn I couldn’t be bothered and then after getting wet going into Cologne, I certainly wasn’t going to hang around!
I’ve ended up camping tonight, which came as a surprise! I had intended stopping the night in Dussledorf, but once again after arriving there I decided not to stop, and pushed on!
But low and behold a few miles down the road I found this campsite!