|Just outside Dronten|
The tour of Flevoland continues. I had reached Dronten, the easternmost town in Flevopolder (that being the younger, southwestern component of this artificially constructed province). I struck further east, skirting the railroad, to reach the edge of the land mass, location of one of the quirkier works of land art that formed the basis of my tour. From there I jumped over to the adjacent province of Overijssel and had a tour of the ancient rural landscapes around Elburg before proceeding further east through a splendid riverine landscape to the town of Kampen. Now I was poised for the next leg of my journey, the remote Northeast Polder.
(original date of this entry: Feb 22, 2021)
kp 1 → 2 → 3 → 99 → 98 → 50 → 95 → 96
So far, so good. Very easy to leave Dronten. From the train station, I ride up to the N307, then head south a bit, ending up back at the train line (to Kampen). From there, the trail winds gently east along a sort of nature corridor between the tracks and a canal fringed by reeds, the Zwolsevaart. At road/canal intersections, rather than going over or under, the trail circumvents these obstacles. The day is beautiful and a few fietsers, mostly elderly or racers, are out. Trains whiz by now and then. Without really thinking about it, I chose the perfect route east to the Veluwemeer.
|Dronten, Fleveoland - Elburg, Overijssel|
|Temple of the Sun (sans sun)|
|Riff PD#18245 (2018, Bob Gransma)|
kp 42 → 45 → 46 → 30 → 2 → 23 → 6
I then took the bridge cross the river to reach the walled town of Elburg thus arriving in the province of Overijssel— then proceeded southeast to 't Harde, at the threshold of the Veluwe forest. About a minute after I parked my bike at 't Harde, the train to Amersfoort was arriving, just enough time to scan my pass. Oops: saldo te laag. This means I am riding from 't Harde to Amersfoort without paying my fare. ... Made it, tee hee!
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(Feb 24, 2021)
Today's ride had two components: rolling around the old farmsteads and estates between 't Harde and Elburg, and sailing down the LF-9 to Kampen.
kp 28 → 6 → 5 → 22 → 4 → 3 → 81 → 26 → 69
I easily located my bike at 't Harde station, then took the long way round the west side of the village, crossed the N309, which I'd come down yesterday evening, and entered the forest of Zwaluwenburg estate, an old forest (as opposed to the budding ones of Flevoland). There are castles and mansions within.
On the way to Oldebroek I rode through a vast flat field in the sunshine, at points having to make room for the old folks approaching. On the way to kp 4, I looked at an old estate mansion, Landhuis Morren. Here the path becomes an exceedingly narrow country lane.
|'t Harde - Kampen|
Finally I reach the bridge to Kampen (kp 26-69), a modest span supported by stone trestles and somewhat perilous to traverse as the bike lanes are a part of the road and the traffic is regular in both directions. Surprising to find this on the threshold of Overijssel.There is no signage to Kampen-Zuid station but I deduce from the map that I need to follow the trail toward kp 40 for a bit, then bear left down to a traffic rotunda. Then I am channeled on to a side road, which seems like an ordinary road but is mostly clear. Then I cross the highway (N50) and skirt it north. I see Kampen-Zuid station to my left but cannot access it across the road and have to travel a little ways north, finally see a turnoff and loop around through a newly built neighborhood and roll up at the station, a modern brick structure with plenty of protected bike parking.
This frenzy of riding has to do with the fact that I start work next Monday and such long-distance joy rides will be limited to the weekend. The spell of springy weather was motivation enough to ride like hell. Continued...