As with my ride to Utrecht, I prepared by copying the fietsknooppunt list from the Vrij Vogel website and reviewing the map:
Then I added some air to my tires and hit the road!
In ten minutes, I was out of the city. The route led across the longest pedestrian-and-bicyclist bridge in all the Netherlands, and onto a fast stretch of asphalt through a "nature park."
|Nesciobrug, longest pedestrian/bike bridge in the NL.|
|Wearing my helmet doesn't mean I should take pictures like this.|
|Smooth like butta'. And no puddles this time.|
After exiting Diemerpark, the path ran past this old military bunker and museum:
And through a herd of sheep. Sheep herd pies were all over the trail.
I was now in unexplored territory. When Ed and I biked out here two Saturdays ago, our soggy socks and gloves forced us back at this point. The trail became decidedly less rustic for a mile or two, facing traffic on a busy freeway and passing a Burger King and an electric plant. In no time, though, I was in Muiden...
|Muiderslot, from the non-paying tourist's perspective|
|Squint hard, and you can see Muiderslot.|
After leaving Muiden, the trail turned into a shoulder on a none-too-busy road leading into Naarden. I admired this nice plank siding along the way.
I reached Naarden exactly one hour from leaving our apartment, including stops, which confirms it as a pleasantly quick ride for a morning or afternoon when the wind isn't blowing at gale force. Naarden is a point of interest mainly for its well-preserved 15th century Grote Kerk and because it was built as a star fort. There is a bike/walking path around the outer moat, and I definitely want to check out this "wallenloop" race in the spring. As it was, my feet were getting cold in my poorly-chosen cotton socks, so I snapped a couple of pictures at the outer moat and headed for home and a warm foot bath.
|Grote Kerk. Grote Lamppost in foreground.|
...What's that you say? What about the Dutch camels?
|There they are, just outside Naarden!|
Well. It's all Bactrians under the bridge now.