Today’s distance / 今日の走行距離: 17.6km
Average speed / 平均速度: 12.9km/h
Time on skateboard / 走行時間: 1h 21m
Total skateboarding distance to date / 今までスケボで走った距離: 839.23km(plus 428.5km)
Total cycling distance to date / 今まで自転車で走った距離: 11,800km
Had a shiner of a headache this morning. The moral of the story is that I need to drink more water. Obviously 4 litres during the day yesterday wasn’t enough. I slept well enough, although getting to sleep was tough. My heartbeat was well over my usual resting norm, so the long day yesterday was obviously getting to my system.
Bram, a reader of my bolg for some time now, had contacted me while I was in Vlissingen, and offered for me to stay with him and his family on my way to the ferry near Rotterdam. Bram is a human powered vehicle fan, and owns one of the finer examples of such technology.
Once I had eaten breakfast and taken a painkiller, I was on my way to Bram’s small town just a few kilometers north of Rotterdam.
The cycle friendliness of The Netherlands certainly does not cease in the big cities. Coming into Rotterdam is a tunnel just for cyclists and other human powered vehicles, running under the main shipping canal.
Cycle paths right into the city centre led me to the Rotterdam Maritime Museum, a large open air ode to past times in the industry.
I wandered around there for a good hour or so, occassionally thinking how much my late granddad would have loved the place. He loved his ships!
I was amazed at the cost of food in Rotterdam. So cheap. One Euro per kilo for bananas. The cheapest I have seen so far in The Netherlands is 1.60. One euro for 500g of Cadbury’s chocolate! This was all at a huge market in the centre.
I arrived at Bram’s place at about 3pm. After a few intorductions it was down to business. It was time to experience good concentrated Dutchness. Hold onto your seats…
Windmills galore at Kinderdiyke, a premium tourist attraction in the Rotterdam region. The small area is home to about 16 different windmills, all used in past ages to pump water from out of the lowlying land. Quite fascinating indeed.
Nowdays, water is transported with huge augers up and over the dykes.
And of course, no visit to Bram could be complete without trying out his velomobile.
These things are custom made to the rider’s dimensions. Obviously I am a little smaller than Bram…