The weather when I woke up was gloomy. The famous strong winds of Netherlands is here. It was raining slightly and there was some snow as well. Never mind..I will decide after I had my breakfast at the hostel. Breakfast was a simple affair with good healthy food.
While I was having breakfast I met up with another bicycle tourist from Germany. He had just retired at 60 years old and is seeking some adventures in his life. we were heading in almost the same direction towards Hoofdroop. The distance from Den Hague is about 55 km. Now that I had completed my breakfast and the wind is howling, I decided to take a train to Laden which is 25 km away. that means i will have only 30 km to cycle today.
While standing on the train I met a young lady doing law at the Laden University. We started chatting about the Dutch education system. Soooo good. They were paid quite a sum of money to study in the University. No need to burden the parents. It is all inclusive..fees, food, transport and accommodation. I only wish it were the same here in Malaysia!
The GPS bicycle route on my Garmin seems to be playing havoc when I started to ride my bicycle again from Laden to Hoofdroop. It kept pointing me towards the car highways (which do not allow cycling). I had to use my cow sense to get back to the bicycle path. While struggling to get the correct path GPS assisted, I had to ask for direction. There comes this lady on a bicycle at the deserted country road. She was heading towards her house boat. Looking at the bicycle path map located by the road side she explained to me how to use the Dutch bicycle path to travel along the most scenic route. All you have to do is to join up the numbers on the route and follow the signs joining the numbers. Simple enough but when I rode along I found that locating the road numbers were quite difficult...esp when the weather is less than cooperative
Here I did my shopping for some cheese to bring home. Next moring Keith drove me to the Schipol airport and I departed back home to Malaysia.