|The Sand: Callantsoog beach|
(original date of this entry: July 2, 2014)
|De Zijpe polder|
I took the train to Schagen, about 15 minutes north of Alkmaar. The only thing worth noting about Schagen is how busy the little town is, a veritable hive. I grabbed a well-made espresso there, then headed northwest 't Buurtje where the route begins. The weather is nice and summery, albeit a trace windy.
I couldn't find kp 88 in Petten, then returned to 33 (where Petten meets the coast) and followed the sign to kp 39 which goes down an old road with damaged surface at the base of the sea wall. The stretch between kp 22 and 73 is very nice, an ancient rural area laced with swamps, with windmills popping up at every turn, lots of cattle and horses. Though I get easily bored by vast rectilinear crop fields, these older farmlands form a gentler, more undulating landscape. A pleasurable ride, though as I say, I felt exhausted through the best part of it.