A training for Patagonia ?

DSC00371After entering The Netherlands from Belgium, I continued cycling along the LF1-North-Sea-Cycling Route. I was surprised in a positive way by the landscapes. Dunes & car free cycling lanes. The only negative thing was that I was freezing my butt off. Temperatures were unusually cold for the time of the year and all the way through the Netherlands & Germany, I woke up to white, frosty lawns.
But it were the wet days that were spoiling the fun. And the terrible head winds.
One night in Groningen province, hail bolls of more then a centimeter were torturing the new tent.

Lf1 entered Germany shortly after Delfzijl and followed the German coast in Ostfriesland. At a certain time though, one get’s enough of sea views (oh, and did I mention the head winds ?), so I turned inland a bit and started following the ‘Jutland Bicycle Route’. It mainly follows existing old routes like ‘Ochsenwegen’ in Germany and ‘Haervejen’ in Denmark.

And then….. the weather turned and all became great. Except for my health. Upon leaving the town of Schleswig, Germany, I felt a bit weak already, but at the end of the day it seemed like I cycled it out of my body. Only for the sickness to kick back twice as hard the next day. It kept me idle for a day, but the diarrhea would last for a week so I started making shorter cycling days, but at least I was outside, enjoying the sun. Not sitting under artificial lights in a concrete block. If it weren’t for those continuous head winds ….

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After 1.700 km from Belgium to the tip of Denmark, tomorrow will be my first ever cycling day in Sweden.
Quite excited about that.

Total kilometer in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark: 1.710 km
Average km per cycling day: follows later
Total altimeter so far: 5.534 meter

Nights slept inside: 2
Nights slept outside: 24 (21 on campgrounds, 3 wild camping)
Average daily cost: 25,85 euro

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A Start.

16th April 2016.
10:26 hrs. 11 degrees C.
It’s cold and windy as I ride away.
 This is the first time I’ll be starting a long trip from home.
16/4/16 must be a very auspicious day to start such a trip.
Everything seems in balance.  
I don’t feel so balanced.
It’s not because of the heavy bike.  
Last months have been way too hectic and I feel ill-prepared for the trip.
Still, that bike really is seriously overloaded.  All the space and weight saved since I travel with an e-reader instead of (too many) books, is now occupied by other electronic gadgets which seem to be compulsory nowadays (they ‘re not).
We’ll see.  Stuff can always be posted home.

I’m on my way north.  I don’t know why.
I like it warm, so should go the opposite direction but I’m always drawn to the North because of the spectacular nature, the wild camping opportunities, the quietness.

I’m heading North along the Plassendale-Nieuwpoort canal. Later, after crossing the Dutch border, I will follow the LF 1, North-Sea-Cycling Route.

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The over loaded bike with the Belgian coastline in the background.

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Going opposite directions.
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Along the LF1 North-Sea Cycling Route

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Rob, a cyclist from Alkmaar who joined me for some km’s today.

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