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.