Netherlands & Belgium

Three days before completing my Northern European loop, my laptop broke down after I spoiled some boiling rice water over it. It’s being send back for repair. Hopefully it can be fixed, as all my data and gps tracks were there.

My first goal in the Netherlands was the ‘Hoge Veluwe’ national park.  It appeared to be a nice rural area, but nothing really spectacular.  The 3 nights I spend in the country, I slept every time on one of the natural campgrounds, a network of simple campgrounds for people who like it quiet and don’t need swimming pools, bars or any other unnecessary facilities near their tents.

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National park ‘Hoge Veluwe’.

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Continuing south after the Hoge Veluwe, I crossed the three ‘big’ rivers, Rhine, Waal and Maas.  Winds were close to a storm, right from the opposite direction, of course.

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Feeling like a king (the chair !)

dsc05408Exactly 5 months after I started this trip, I’m returning to Belgium. I cycled via  the historical towns of Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges towards the coast, all car free along canals.
Total trip is 11.000 km, of which I had to cycle about 80% against the wind, but also had mostly sunny and warm weather.

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New building for the harbour authorities in Antwerp. Something with a ship & diamonds.
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Not sure I like the building.
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M.A.S. museum, Antwerp.
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‘Het Steen’, Antwerp
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Antwerp cathedral. The second tower will never be finished.
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Typical pub, Antwerp
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‘Groenplaats’, Antwerp
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Republique Populaire du Congo airplane.

 

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Ghent
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Last picture of the trip, near the Belgian coast.

I hope to recover my gps data so I have the exact distances, altimeters, etc and I can make a map of my route.

Total kilometer in Netherlands & Belgium: 528 km
Average km per cycling day: 105,6 km

Total kilometer of the trip: 11.038 km
Total altimeter: 76.887 meter (I believe the total gps data will show a bit more)
Total time on the bike: 724 hrs 50 min

Nights slept inside: 0
Nights slept outside: 4 (4 on campgrounds, 0 wild camping)
Average daily costs Netherlands & Belgium: 21 euro

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One thought on “Netherlands & Belgium”

  1. Welkom thuis Koen, even wat uitrusten en op naar het volgende avontuur.
    Bedankt voor je mooie verslagen, we hebben ze met veel plezier gelezen.
    We zien wel als je weer on route gaat.
    Groetjes,
    Frans en Rinie uit Weert

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