(original date of this entry: Sept 17, 2014)
|Group house in Gorinchem|
Anita looked like an aging movie star--how many Anita Ekbergs and Miou-Mious' disciples are roaming Euro terrain--with sunglasses and coiffed blonde, too blonde, hair. I'd thought we might ride together but arriving in Woudrichem, she told me she'd be on her way, which was other than my way, as I was taking the LF-9. Tot later.
|Gorinchem-Breda via LF-9|
"We are lucky," she said, referring to the weather I guess but perhaps to the fortunate circumstances of our living a day like this one here and now. Think of the dreariness that the masses of humanity face daily. To have all this ... and now to have Anita by my side. But then she split, crying out, "This is really riding" and tore on ahead. So I had thought she was enjoying riding beside me at a leisurely pace but she was just being nice.
It was very warm and sunny. I took the sun by a lagoon beside the fietspad to kp 56, Almkerk. The highway over on the other side of the water a soothing distant drone. I would like to get to Breda early. It's about 30km, not far so if I avoid loitering ...
|Ferry cross the Bergsche|
After passing a series of farm centers, the air stinking of synthesized manure, I reached another big river, the Bergsche, which like the Lek and Merwede was plied by big cargo ships. It seems the whole southern part of the country is a lattice of shipping lanes. I stopped and descended to the river, sat under a big tree and had my lunch of hummus-avocado rolls and nuts.
In Breda my Vrienden op de Fiets are, atypically, a young couple, Lieke & Luuk. They have a modern comfortable flat on the south end of town, not far from the Mastbos forest. Lieke is the cyclist of the pair; she likes to cover long distances on her state-of-the-art Merida racing bike. Interestingly, Luuk is not interested in cycling but would rather drive, which is why he loves America, despite the fact that he complained of being stuck in traffic yesterday on his way to Alkmaar. Driving is like a religion whose tenets you must adhere to despite adversity. Continued ...