Upon arrival Amsterdam was the one million dollar question..shall I ride or shall I take a train to Gouda my destination. There was a slight drizzle and the temperature was about 4C...not too bad so I decided to ride. The distance is slightly less than 45 km but I am not sure about the distance using the bicycle path. In Holland you must use the bicycle path and these paths link the whole country.
Exiting from Schipol airport was not that easy. i had my Garmin 60CSX GPS with me but it was showing me all over the place. Turn left at 30 m, Turn right at 50 m.....real headache but eventually I found the bicycle path.After a few kilos towards the general direction of Rotterdam I came across a lift that was made just to carry the cyclist and bicycle up to an overhead crossing!
Come out from the lift and just continue to ride across the highway.
Huge acreage of farm land were being plowed to plant the winter crop..maybe it is potatoes but I am not sure. this route is quite isolated with very few people around. it must have been because of the weather as it was getting quite cold.
Boats! yes..they are just in the canals along the road side. Sometimes the boats are higher than the road!
Finally I arrived at GOUDA a pretty small town that is famous for Cheese .
I went to bed early after a meal of burgers and chips