July - August 2017
  • Day1

    Pat's Cycle Tour - 2017

    July 8, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The time has arrived. Cycle tour 2017. Central Europe from North to South

    Enjoy go carefully hope weather good

    6/15/17Reply
    Anthis Maouris

    Have a safe trip Patrick, looks amazing so far👍🏻👍🏻

    7/10/17Reply

    Enjoy and be safe

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  • Day2

    Amsterdam (NL)

    July 9, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Arrived at Schipol airport, unboxed my bike, loaded my gear and pedaled the 15 km into the city. Very fortunate to be hosted by friends from South Africa in an apartment close to the city center.

    Amsterdam is considered the most bicycle friendly city of the world. Bicycles by far outnumber the cars in the city. No Peter Sagan wannabes in flashy lycra, with top of the range carbon bikes around here, and also no helmets.

    Got my cultural fix and visited the Rijksmuseum. One of the sixty museums in Amsterdam, and ended the day, at the other end of the spectrum, the Heineken Museum.
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    I am extremely envious

    7/10/17Reply

    Hope you have another wonderful adventure - enjoy and thanks for sharing - Tops

    7/11/17Reply

    Seems like the bicycles outnumber the cars, but Heineken bottles outnumber the bicycles...good luck Pat! Beer and bicycles, sounds awesome!

    7/11/17Reply
    Denyse Halse

    I could never believe there were so many bikes in Holland with mothers ferrying kids back and front of bikes uphill and over canals. :Enjoy

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  • Day3

    Zaanse Sanchs (NL)

    July 10, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. It is a little hamlet, really just for tourists. My timing was perfect, as I was leaving all the tour buses began arriving.

    Leaving Zaanse Schans I battled a bit with my navigation. Lesson #1: don't always believe directions given by a local. Finally found my way and began heading towards the coast, and the North Sea.
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    Denyse Halse

    So pretty and what luck you escaped the tour buses

    7/11/17Reply
    Denyse Halse

    How long will this cycle route take? Thoughts with you

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    Denyse Halse

    Looking good like a local cyclist

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    Denyse Halse

    Something magical about these windmills and canals, such good pics

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  • Day3

    Hoek van Holland (NL)

    July 10, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    The next stop after Zaanse Sachs was Zandvoort. First glimpse of the North Sea. The coastal section was quite pleasant until the wind picked up later in the afternoon, direct headwind but fortunately only for the last 30 km.

    Went through The Hague and then settled down into a campsite at Hoek van Holland. The ride was slightly longer than I had planned at 136km.
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    Denyse Halse

    Well done riding against the wind

    7/11/17Reply

    Jenni Botha - At least you did not also have hills to battle with the headwind. Such neat rows of umbrellas on the beach - that would not happen here - enjoy

    7/12/17Reply
    John Larkan

    Hi Pat Wonderful pics... thanks. Impressed with the extremely neat way you load your bike. Must be quite q thing to balance weight. The bonus I guess is the flat terrain. They really do have a lot of windmills.

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  • Day4

    Gorinchem (NL)

    July 11, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Left Hoek van Holland with a glorious tailwind. Happiness !! At some stage during a serious downpour, I think I passed through Rotterdam (world's third biggest sea port).

    The route took me through Kinderdijk, known for its iconic 18th-century windmills. Its water-management network features 19 mills, plus dikes and reservoirs that control flooding in the polder (low-lying land).

    Lost count of how many ferries I used today to cross the numerous waterways.
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    Denyse Halse

    You're making good progress despite the varying weather conditions thrown at you. Such cute ferries.. Safe ride today.

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  • Day5

    Rhenen (NL)

    July 12, 2017 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Woke up to rain. Checked the weather App and 99% chance of rain most of the day. Decision time. Bunker down all day and do nothing, or bite the bullet and get on with it.

    Back on the bike. Stopping once on the bike was not an option. At 13 deg and wet you just get to cold.

    Did my deed of the day and stopped to help two kids stuck with a puncture in the middle of nowhere. The younger was just 7 yrs old.
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    Pedal Africa

    Great stuff Pat ... wish I was there riding with you 😀

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  • Day6

    Wesel (DE)

    July 13, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Along the cycle paths they have what look like windsocks, only larger and made of netting. As you cycle along you lob your trash into the net !

    Rode over a hill today, must be out of the Netherlands now.

    This area is heavily populated, and with all the towns it is slow going. All the wind turbines that dot the countryside were stationery, which if you are cycling is a good thing.
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  • Day7

    Cologne (DE)

    July 14, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Not all green pastures, and tranquil meadows. This northern section of the Rhine is also known as the Industrial Ruins. Slow going and without a GPS it would be even worse.

    Rode through Duisburg (couldn't help myself and stopped at a Starbucks for a cappuccino) also Europe's largest inland port, then to Dusseldorf (the Tour de France started here 2 weeks ago), then to Cologne (one of the oldest cities in Germany.

    The biggest landmark in Cologne is the gothic style Cologne Cathedral completed in 1880 and took 632 years to build !
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    Don't overtake the TDF Peloton Pat...that would be plain embarassing!!

    7/15/17Reply
    Patrick Leary

    Who's that ??

    7/15/17Reply
    Denyse Halse

    Well done Pat you're doing so well. We visited the Christmas markets in Koln and recognise the cathedral in your pics. Glad you treated yourself to a Starbucks cappocino

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  • Day8

    Koblenz (DE)

    July 15, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Approaching now the more scenic part of the Rhine.

    When its a long day, to pass the time it's fun to chase the eBikes till their batteries go flat, then pass them. Once done with the eBikes, then start pacing yourself against the barges heading upstream along the Rhine (barges are slower).

    Passed the remnants of the last bridge that was still intact during the 2nd World War. The USA troops used this bridge to cross into Germany. Hitler had four of his officers executed as he believed that it was sabotage that they had not blown it up.
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  • Day9

    Mainz (DE)

    July 16, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today was the start of the Middle Rhine, the picturesque section with medieval castles. This section has no fewer than 50 castles, and is also know as the Romantic Rhine. All the castles and fortresses are proof that this section of the Rhine was an important trading route during the Middle Ages.

    Lining the Rhine from the Netherlands to Switzerland are nine UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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    Pat, how many ebikes did you notch onto your handlebar? 😂

    7/17/17Reply