|LF-1 south of Castricum|
|Parking lot, Wijk aan Zee|
(original date of this entry: Sept 18, 2016)
|Grey plover, maybe|
So I headed into the dune reserve, following signs for Strand Heemsteed and Wijk aan Zee until I hit the LF-1a. Typical coastal dunes landscape: stretches of brushy wasteland followed by patches of forest, the trail winding along and sometimes climbing. Don't think I've traversed this stretch of the LF-1 yet. Numerous cyclists, particularly elderly and stone-faced types on high-end cruisers and e-bikes.
|Castricum -> Amsterdam|
|Velsen-Noord, near mouth of Noordzeekanaal, which links Amsterdam to the North Sea.|
On the south side, I follow the Noordzeekanaal for a bit, then drop into Spaarnwoude, a nature zone/recreation area, and the path cuts between lakes where I take a bench, the sun lowering into clouds behind my back. It says 20km to Amsterdam. This ride is a little treat.
Around kp 89 it got dark. I never saw any sign of Ruigoord, the storied countercultural community. Somehow I bypassed it. I was riding through the woods in the dark, with only my headlamp for illumination. Then another patch of forest, the Houtrak. Under the trees I caught glimpses of the bike icons painted on the trail to guide me. At kp 28 I hit a canal and the LF-20. This I followed east back toward Amsterdam. Some stretches were illuminated by lamps, others were pitch dark. I saw no other cyclists. But it was clearly a beautiful ride along a wonderful greenway, most of the way paralleling the railroad tracks, so trains periodically powered by in the darkness. Finally reached Sloterdijk station, then took Admiral de Ruiterweg south. Scored some curried chicken and potatoes at a toko and went home.