What a beautiful day. Let's go for a little ride.
Clever birds wisely don't go in the poisonous water.
(Sign says "Cyanobacteria - avoid contact with water")
Wonder what they are smoking off there.
The Heinenoord Tunnel tube pipe duct barrel.
Just after the tunnel exit the flatlands truly begin.
What a day! In October! It is about 20 degrees C.
Very nice path, it is so long and straight the trees create a tunnel effect with a blueish haze in the distance.
Yep, those cut-off treelines really exist and are accurately modelled in racing sims.
Strange kind of holiday feeling.
Also, I see a herring in the clouds.
So then there were rockets, sci-fi cars with guns and aeroplane parts in that meadow. Tintin's rocket too.
Tavern "Fort de Hel". On the Helsedijk, near Helwijk.
Bet you can order Helemonade there.
As usual, signs and general directions are missing. Evening was nigh.
I asked directions, always nice to see the reaction when I say where I come from and where I want to go :)
Concerned man asked if I had lights on my bike. It obviously gets very dark in the flatlands. Thanks!
Not far away I found a lovely spot in the middle of a potato acre. Dinnertime in the sunset.
No, I brought sandwiches and olives with me.
Back in the saddle. Groovy furrow effect when you drive by.
I see some industry in the distance.
Industry still in the distance. I have doubts.
Asked directions again after I stranded on a dead end - a fence around that industry. After a long while I arrived at another fence across the road stating closed till next day. I turned around but saw a small gate which was open. I felt like an intruder, absolutely nobody there and then I was 'in the industry'.
Of course the only directions were like 1042, 1563, 4182 etc. on the road signs.
Taking a break. Looking around I saw a bright orange arc on the far end of the terrain. Some brightly lit building or contraption. After a while it changed to a half circle and I realised it was the moon. Enormous orange moon. Blatantly photoshopped it as my phonecam showed only a bright blotch, but this comes really close how it was!
Finally I consulted my trusty ball-compass to see at least what direction I should go. NE it was.
Then I saw two men and a dog in the deserted place. No guards. They kindly explained how to get to the Moerdijk bridge. Again nice reaction when they learned I was going to Rotterdam.
I am still surprised myself what a proper bike can do...
At last, the Moerdijk bridge. First time I cross it by bike instead of car. The iconic sculpture is barely visible :(
Hollands Diep on the left. Dark, quiet.
Raging traffic on the right. The continuous lights are constantly blinding me all the way. Not pleasant.
Trainbridge over there. I'll take that one next time.
Taking a break on a pedestrian fly-over.
A meditative place.
Near traffic junction Ridderkerk.
Traffic junction Ridderkerk also is a meditative place.
Brienenoord bridge, almost home.
It looks surreal, that fairylike house in a different lightscheme.
So yeah, no little trip. But what a rare day. Like a summer day in the wrong time of year with a spectacular moon. All went well, got lost a few times, but I like that. Best most interesting things happen when not planned. Not tired, legs started complaining a bit towards the end. No wonder, this was more an endurance type of ride. Still experimenting to find what
riding suits me best.
Can't wait to go again.