From Rockanje I rode south alongside farms, then went up on the Haringvliet Sluizen, the northern section of the massive Delta Works dam, to reach Goeree, a finger-like peninsula that looks like part of Zeeland but is actually Zuid-Holland. From the east end I took the coast trail. It is as beautiful as the last time I took it in the reverse direction, a packed white sand path rolling through the dunes, fringed with shrubs and some raspberries, glimpses of the deserted beach and open sea between gaps.
Now I am at the beach at Goeree. The entire north shore is a protected area (no windsurfing or jet skiing allowed), a vast flat sandy beach rolling on endlessly, the smokestacks of Europoort visible to the northeast. There's a public beach with cafe at kp 55, quite busy on this hot sunny Thursday. Now it seems the tide is way out, maybe 300 meters between the edge of the beach and the water, with tidal pools in between.
|Goeree to Schouwen|
The LF-1 continues along the north coast Schouwen. The path turns to sand and winds appealingly through dune forest. I arrive at Renesse and relax on the beach.