(original date of this entry: Aug 7, 2014)
3-28-45-47-48-49-27 (Utrecht-Nieuw Loosdrecht)Heading out of Utrecht along the Zandpad, I noticed a long row of houseboats like floating cabins along the bank. I believe they were "peeskamers" where prostitutes worked. But they all look closed now and stamped with a message about abuse. Then the menacing clouds that had been gathering all morning burst and I took refuge in the entry hall of a senior center--no one offered me coffee or anything as I waited out the storm. From there I threaded through the watery polders above Maarssen to the southern edge of the big lake.
|Not in current use.|
28-26-7-5-4-2 (Oud-Loosdrecht - Vreeland)
|The bird hide has landed|
|Utrecht -> Amsterdam|
The next bit, north of Vreeland along the Vecht, is also lovely. As I rode along the lake strip I thought it felt familiar. I'd ridden this way before ... but wasn't there something about a missed ferry cross the Vecht?
|Way to go.|
|Spiegelplas at dusk|
And now I recall: when I reached the Vecht, I headed back toward Nigtevecht but that ferry had stopped running so I had to backtrack to Weesp. (That ferry is not indicated on the map!) Now I will just head straight for Weesp, then at Driemond head up the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal home.
Took LF-23a, staying on the north side of the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal. Reaching the bridge at kp 15, I followed signs for IJburg/Amsterdam Noord. Beautiful nature reserve along Diemer Zeedijk, good alternative route to south side via Diemen.
A superb ride--but a bit too long.