|Noordwijk beach, Zuid-Holland|
Fietstocht! This will be slightly different. Rather than putting the bike on the train, I'm going to get it. It is still parked out in Zandvoort. So the idea is to head down the coast, a route I have long contemplated. The weather today, and as forecast for the upcoming week, is not ideal. But it should remain warm, 20°C or above. Today the sky is filled with big cumulus clouds with patches of blue between them. Sun is not out of the question. A bit windy.
(original date of this entry: Aug 4, 2017)
For today I have the modest ambition of getting to Katwijk, around 29km from Zandvoort. Saturday I'll aim for 's-Gravenzande which is not far from Hoek van Holland. After that the Maasvlakte and Rockanje. Then it will depend on the weather and my mood. But in theory I could make it down to Vlissingen, then Ghent.
|A great wall (LF-1)|
|'bike path/thus no mopeds or scooters/except over 65 and disabled'|
Emerging from this patch of woods, I find the wind is still blasting and sand drifts over parts of the trail, here made of asphalt. I reach another low-key public beach. It is a stunner but the sand is blasting off the dunes, stinging my eyes and lodging on my eyelids. There is just one cafe, the clapboard, utterly gezellig Zeespiegel Duindameslag, with wraparound windows overlooking the choppy sea, just a few kids hopping or surfing in the waves. A terrace of white picnic tables, inside white-painted wood walls and solid oak tables. Germans at next table. A real beauty, this cafe, and a still interlude from the wind. That's it: the dramatic beach and the cozy cafe.
South of that beach, the trail is fringed by low trees, and at various points there are hiking trails traversing the dunes to the beach. Now I am at a lookout and can see kite surfers beyond the verdant dunes. A sparsely visited zone that invites exploration. Katwijk can't be far. Continued ...