Biking in The Netherlands – 09 – Gouda (Waddinxveen) to Kudelstaart

[Categories: Travel, Photography, Travel Photography]
[This series of posts is about our recent 3-day sightseeing plus 7-day  Bike & Barge, Holland:Tulip Tour in the North and South Holland Provinces of The Netherlands.]
[See a list of all posts currently in this series HERE.]

Today is our final full day of biking.  We prepare to embark on bikes.  If we look a little chilly, mornings have been fairly cool with temps from the low to high 40sF on various days.  Layered clothing is ‘costume de rigueur’.  Well, not required, but highly advisable.

Today’s route:

‘Dis-Embarging’ as we hit the road:

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We bicycle from our Waddinxveen overnight location back to Boskoop for a lengthy and informative visit at  The Tree Museum!  (In Dutch here.)

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Lunch is in Boskoop again, at a better restaurant this time, but still one that takes only a specific bank’s credit card.  Then we are off to traverse the idyllic countryside.

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The Strava app tells me we clock 11.2 miles from Waddinxveen through Boskoop and on to Alphen aan den Rijn where we meet the barge at a temporary docking point.  The app is pretty cool because you can drag your cursor along the elevation chart and it shows you data as well as your point on the graph.  The point moves as your cursor moves.

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Love that elevation.

Nine of our group opt to spend the afternoon on the barge as it motors to Kudelstaart for our Thursday overnight.  The rest of us hit the trail again for a beautiful ride through Dutch dairy cattle country.  Biking in the Netherlands is great!

We come to another historic windmill with a scale model next to it.

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We bike along more paths and see a waterworks.  (Pix HERE.)

We bike a somewhat narrow path straight across a lake and stop in a church parking lot where kids and parents are leaving a nearby school.  (HERE.)

Finally we reach Kudelstaart but the barge hasn’t arrived yet.

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It soon does. (Click through fast for a pseudo- time lapse HERE.)

Biking distance is 23.7 miles for the all-day riders, 11+ miles for the half day.  About 2914 kCal in 7hr 51min on the heart monitor.

You know the drill.  Dinner:IMG_1824

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The sun sets on Kudelstaart:

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G’nite all.

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About JohnRH

Retired, avid winter skier, avid reader, traveler (avidly). :)
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5 Responses to Biking in The Netherlands – 09 – Gouda (Waddinxveen) to Kudelstaart

  1. frankiekay says:

    Wow – its so clean! And so flat!

    • JohnRH says:

      Ha ha. Even the smallest home garden is meticulously trimmed and pruned. And flat indeed, a good bit of it below sea level. I think you’ve mentioned in your blog doing water surveys? I suspect water engineers around the world study the work of The Netherlands. Quite amazing.

      • frankiekay says:

        We look for water, like 60 – 100 meters underground! All that water on the surface is totally unheard of where we come from! (Other than lake Kariba!)

  2. cindy knoke says:

    What an impressive itinerary and you well deserve that gorgeous dinner. Fab fotos too!

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