photos from 12 September

view from our hotel

tugging

weird boat

bow of weird boat

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Lelystad to Zaandam; zedding in Zaandam

We had decided to finished the holiday with a few days in Zaandam. We came here in late 2016: here’s our stories from then. So yesterday (Sunday 8 September) was taken up by a relatively long (42 miles) trip. No rain, little wind but much wiggling: https://cyclemeter.com/dd47ea6f33590baa/Cycle-20190908-1049-80348. I’d been keen to see the completely reclaimed countryside of Flevoland, and got it.

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street-names en route

Miles of straight, smooth tarmac made this a pretty smooth run.

crossing from Flevoland to Muiden (mainland)

Crossing from Flevoland to Muiden (mainland)

 

Today has been a deliberately lazy day: breakfast,  shopping, coffee, more shopping, more coffee, dozing, cinema, sleep  Tomorrow we might be energetic!

Our hotel in Zaandam

3rd September: if it’s Tuesday, it’s washing day

Elly realised that marinas may have laundry facilities for customers berthing there. The interesting question was whether random visitors could use these facilities. So we went to Oudeschild to find out, and then on to de Waal to encounter a museum of local farming. Sheep seem to fulfil more roles than just eating and being eaten.

local fire-engine

Brandweer Elly!

 

 

2nd September: to den Burg, then de Koog

Today was a shopping and sightseeing day. Cyclemeter map for now, photos below.

Den Burg sheep-market

Sheep in Den Burg market

The White Angel – sells all manner of Texel wool

how to use a sheep

At the ‘Flora’ shipwreck and beach-combing museum

A nation of cyclists!

Hope to auction fish

Elly gaming

outside exhibits

Jutter boat, previously used by Texel jutter Sil Boon. (A jutter is a beachcomber or scavenger.)

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lifeboat capsule

inside the lifeboat capsule

lifeboat capsule pilot’s station

inside the lifeboat capsule

about the lifeboat capsule’s air supply

ship interior

mammoths!

mammoth tusk

wine, women and song?

rubber gloves

penicillin

whiskey galore

Aye-aye captain!

snail-flour!

de Koog beach

de Koog beach

de Koog beach

Stars and bars

So we are at the hotel 14 Sterren, on Texel. It’s a Saturday afternoon and there is the sound of a wedding in the background. It’s going on at the restaurant in the buildings next to where we are staying. We have had a short but fun ride to get here, and that was yesterday, cycling from Alkmaar to here.

Today’s very short cycles were into the centre of town and back:

Cycling without luggage was welcome. I don’t think we are at the full strength of former years at the moment. That is, we could have done the 36 miles from Alkmaar to our place in Texel in a morning or even the full 58 from IJMuiden to Texel, (i.e. IJMuiden to Alkmaar and Alkmaar to Texel) in a day if we had wanted. But we didn’t want. This is holiday, which means we don’t have to strain our bahookies. Continue reading