|Het Twiske nature reserve, North Amsterdam|
Finally manage to get past the A10 and I'm going through the suburb of Landsmeer, following the signs to Het Twiske. I see the windmill at the lower end of the big nature reserve and stop at a bench facing (probably) the Kerkebreek, a body of water being plied by many a boat on this warm, sunny day.
|Rondom Watergang-route (ANWB map)|
|Road through the Ilperveld|
|On the way to Ilpendam|
As often happens at least once on these journeys I reach a point where I'm tempted to shout, Hallelujah! That is the trail through the Ilperveld, between two long canals, wooden bridge, fields full of sheep and cows, little yellow flowers flanking the trail, very slight, tentative breeze, absolutely deserted. Some frogs are croaking from the surrounding swamps, for it is all marshy land here. Clouds of insects spiraling.
|Ferry crossing Noordhollandsch Kanaal at Het Schouw|
By the time I reached the ferry to Ilpendam--which is just like the ferry to Het Schouw, 4.3 km south, no more than a floating bridge across the Nordhollandsch Kanaal -- it was 7:08, and service across the broad waterway stops at 7. So I took the Noorhollandsch Kanaal a delightful 4.3 km south. On the final approach to Amsterdam, I find a bench by a drawbridge and watch the setting sun paint the sky.