The Road Ahead

MapOur fourteen-day journey will take us on a long, counter clockwise tour of the entire country of The Netherlands. (As I’m learning, there are important distinctions between Holland (which just refers to the southern part of the country around Amsterdam) and The Netherlands, (the whole country). We began with a short spin down to Utrect, which helped us work out the kinks in our systems (more on that later), and will finish with a long, ferry-assisted day from Harlingen out to the Frisian islands in the North Sea, leading back down to Haarlem, just west of Amsterdam.

Along the way, we’ll be riding up to 80 miles a day, though we haven’t barred ourselves from experiencing a little of classic European rail travel if time and our legs warrant it. Our itinerary will bring us through the hometowns of Rachael’s maternal family, many of whom have been gracious enough to open their homes to two sweaty, tired Americans for a night. Where Rachael doesn’t have family, we’ll play it fast and loose between hostels and hotels, which we haven’t reserved on the theory that a little uncertainty leaves room for serendipity.

With that in mind, this itinerary is subject to rapid and drastic change. So if you’re in The Netheralnds and would like to join us for a kilometer or two, please, by all means get in touch. Just don’t wait for us on the Fietspad based on the following; there are simply too many wonderful choices here to stick too stiffly to a plan.

July 12th: Arrive in Amsterdam
July 13th: Amsterdam to Utrecht (~80km)
July 14th: Utrecht to Den Hague (~120km)
July 15th: Den Hague to Breda (~115km)
July 16th: Breda to Heeze (~80km)
July 17th: Heeze to Maastricht (~95km)
July 18th: Masstricht to Posterholt (~50km)
July 19th: Posterholt to Nijmegen (~100km)
July 20th: Nijmegen to Almelo (~125km)
July 21st: Almelo to Zwolle (~60km)
July 22nd: Zwolle to Gronigen (~115km)
July 23rd: Gronigen to Harlingen (~125km)
July 24th: Harlingen to Haarlem (~125km)
July 25th: Haarlem to Amsterdam (~25km)
July 26th: Spent in Amsterdam

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