Brilliant weather so we took a break from house painting to do a fietstocht. I chose Hilversum--less wind. A very pretty route through the forests and heath ringing that town.
(original date of this entry: March 31, 2014)
The trip was easy to do. By train, Sloterdijk-Amsterdam Centraal-Hilversum: half an hour.
On Hilversum's cafe-studded promenade I got some pesto cheese spread and Turkish bread from a vendor, then we followed knooppunt signs seeking a way out of town. We went by Hilversum's architecturally significant yellow-brick city hall designed by local genius Willem Marinus Dudok, then somehow got routed back to the center of town where we found another street market. Finally I spotted a sign for point 11 and we headed west out of town.
|Heide en bos tussen Hilversum en Laren|
Suddenly we entered the woods and found ourselves amidst plenty of company. Everyone, it seemed, wanted a taste of this fabulous early spring weather, and we were sharing the trails with numerous fietsers as we rode through the Spanerwoud. Paths crisscross the forest. Though many trees are still bare, a few sprouted buds and blooms.
|"want to save your neck, then wait a sec"|
|Schotse hooglanden koeien|
|(cow photos by Alice Daniels Klaassen)|
Past point 53, we realized we had only one knooppunt to go so we took a bench and discussed our game plan. It was our first fietstocht of the season, a brief easy 24km loop. Should we just head back to town, have a beer and go home? But it was just 5 and with the clock moved forward we had three more hours of light. Why not take a detour down into the Lage Vuursche?
We turned around and sailed back down to point 53. The cafe at that spot had been full of people when we last looked at it -- now it was empty. The woods south of point 53 -- the Smithwyserbos -- were deserted and we moved silently down the meandering trail, hearing nothing but twittering birds in the trees.