Weather is promised to be obscenely good this day. Let's check Beerenplaat, it stands out on the map and I have always been curious about it. It is a "spare water" basin. That was the plan. |
Google says there is a road around, but those installations are mostly closed off. we'll see for ourselves today.
The traditional stop here.
PP break here
Interesting flats here at the "Vier Werelden Park". Top part sliding slowly over the edge. Bikers directed into the danger zone.
Beautiful drive along the river later on. There was a lookout platform at the end of this promenade with two identical girls sitting on top of it.
Yes, Twin Towers :) sadly didn't take a picture.
It is so hard to switch between 'photographer' and 'riding bike' mode. And fixie was flying. Still amazing, this effortless speed.
There it is, Beerenplaat. Fences all around, I tried. Shame, but expected. Moving on randomly, see where the road brings us.
Here I learned from a shepard (arriving in a 4x4 btw.) that he checked the lambs twice a day if they were still alive. Did not know that. Wonder why necessary.
Break at the waterside. Yep weather is very nice. Have to get used to the higher temps, thinking about how to prepare for riding when it gets REALLY hot.
The plan is now to go back trough the 'sheep route', a bit further than imagined, but hey, I am having fun on my fixie :)
Sun getting low. Some amazing paths around here (along the Bernisse). Could have stopped every 2 minutes for photo's. Didn't, just enjoyed riding.
Brielse brug in sight. Giant mosquito cloud here. And clouds of insects of all kinds, exploded into existence, are hovering over the warm bike path in the cooling air. Glad I brought glasses. Remembering to not breath through your mouth.
Dinner time, opposite the Caland bridge, at the start of the 'Sheep Route'.
Sat there till nightfall and weaved through the moonlit sheep a bit later on.
Beautiful, very serene.
Suddenly got attacked by a wild goose! It came flying straight toward me at a low angle, violently braking mid air at the last moment, half a meter away. I felt the wing tips! I noticed the road was plastered with white droppings and there were many wild geese around, but they were rather moving away when I approached. This one goose must have had a bad day or something :)
Backtracked to get over the Hartel bridge, which is unaccessible from the end of the Sheep trail. Very hard to find, the last part was a completely dark km towards the bridge entrance.
Looking down here at the sheep trail. Always looked up from there wondering why there is no way to get on that bridge. There are stairs but they are locked off...
...maybe for the best, keeps it a little harder to get to that little gem of a trail.
Little break here, enjoying the atmosphere, lights and sounds. And interesting structures needed for the flow and distribution of vehicles.
Maybe 't was here that 46.1 kmh on my fixie :)
Calculating now how far I have gone, I could do another Gran fondo. Must go the extra mile(s).
There, back. Beautiful lit Erasmus bridge greets.
Turned out I needed to go and make a detour to get above 100km. Okay an extra 18 km why not. Legs are OK, the delicate point of contact is protesting a little. Fixie is a bit more demanding then roadbike, she can kick your behind violently!
This was the roads covered today. But don't I see the contours of an angry goose in there???