Wassenaar – Groningen via the new polders

In August 2016 I made trip to Groningen, in the North of The Netherlands. This time I wanted to take another route than a year ago, so I decided to go via the polders, reclaimed land in the IJsselmeer. The first track was very nice via small back roads to Muiderberg, leading me from home to the start of the polders in the IJsselmeer.

Those relatively new polders are a more or less empty land with some new, uninteresting towns. The main reason why some people now Emmeloord, the town I stayed for the night, is that it is the main potato centre of the world.

It was a very long first day with 160 kilometres head wind.

The second day was shorter (80 kilometres) and much nicer. It took me from Emmeloord via Wolvega and Heereveen (a famous skating centre) to Drachten. If you like the flat land with Dutch skies, small rivers and tiny villages, this is the place to be.

The third day I wanted to visit Dokkum, a scenic old town in the North-East of the province Friesland, so I made a detour to get there. With beautiful weather and not much wind, this was an enjoyable summer day.

After the two-day visit to my friends I took the train back home.

June 4, 2018
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  • Created: June 4, 2018
Route type: Distance > 100 km
Round trip: No

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Day 4. Valkenswaard – Breda – Wassenaar (back home) 158km

Today was the opposite of yesterday. It was a sunny day, the route was a nice mix of attractive scenery and roads to make good progress. I changed my original plan to cycle to the province of Zeeland and go home tomorrow. Tomorrow’s weather forcast shows a lot of rain and potential thunderstorms. I hate thunderstorms in the open country.

From Breda I had to improvise because I had no gps-route prepared from there to Wassenaar. If you are in that situation, you have a few alternatives:

a) Find an app to make your own gps route that you can follow off-line on your smart phone.

This is the best option, but I could not find how to do this with my app (I’ll give an overview of my app’s shorly). You need a computer to do this properly.

b) Follow the so called ‘knooppunten’ (cycling junctions).

This is the best option, but be prepared  to ride some extra kilometres. You can check your route at each junction; there is always a map along the road.

c) Follow the special direction signs for cyclists (not recommended, unless no alternatives).

This is what I did today, but it is the most risky way. In Breda the signs were clear and only a few were missing or turned around by jokers. Outside Breda the signs disappeared. May be I missed one? With the help of a local I found my way. Around Dordrecht it was a disaster. My recommendation: avoid this method unless you really have no other option.

Below I add my gps track. From Breda to Rotterdam I had to reconstruct it because I made a few detours along my trip around Breda.

Potato field

May 29, 2018
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  • Created: May 29, 2018
  • Updated: June 10, 2018
Route type: Distance > 100 km
Round trip: Yes

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  • Distance 288.22 km
  • Time 37 h 15 min
  • Speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude -7 m
  • Peak 43 m
  • Climb 258 m
  • Descent 282 m