Day 3: Zurich to Leeuwarden (38km) and Day 4: Leeuwarden to Winschoten (101km)

Bruce’s pix from 27th:

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Note the bilingual signs (standard Dutch and Frisian)

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about where we stayed

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where we stayed

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About Frisians

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cleaning wool

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making saltpetre

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making gunpowder

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durum de stercore!

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waste not, want not

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Elly!

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If that’s a prenatal device, I am VERY scared

 

Bruce’s pix from 28th

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en route

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en route

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wildlife

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lunch-stop in Groningen

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looking around Groningen

Bubbles in Groningen 1 (YouTube)

Bubbles in Groningen 2 (YouTube)

Looking around Groningen (YouTube)

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IMG_1183 Hostel in a former prison

The curse of day 3 struck me right from the start: heavy legs, various twinges and a nagging voice in my head telling me I am too old and unfit for this trip. This is so familiar that I wonder if the expectation of a difficult day 3 now contributes to my problem. Aside from physical and mental weariness, the cycle was very pleasant, with a sight-seeing stop at the docks in Harlingen and then a cross-country route to Leeuwarden, where we stopped for coffee.

Getting going again after coffee seemed too hard. Bruce took pity on me and agreed that we should spend the night at Leeuwarden. Quick search turned up an intriguing hostel in a former prison building with a private room free. Conversion turns out to have been done very well to creat comfortable and quirky rooms, and the man on reception…

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