Wednesday, August 5 and Thursday, August 6
Wednesday morning we headed to the ferry that would take us to Texel with 20 minute ferry ride. Although we were one of the first cyclists to show up for the 9:30 sailing, we sure weren’t the only ones! Most cyclists were Dutch, but we spotted an English speaking group and went over for a chat. They were mostly Aussies and Americans and part of an organized “Bike & Barg” tour. It was fun talking to them and hearing about their experience of cycling in Holland.
Once we reached Texel our first stop was at the Zegel Fietsenwinkel (Zegel Bike Store), which has been in the family for 4 generations. Later in the day we met for a very nice visit with the one and only other Inge Zegel in the world. Inge had contacted me a few years ago via Facebook wondering if we’re related; as it turns out she is a very, very distant cousin of mine. It was fun to finally meet her in person.
This morning we cycled from the hotel to the dyke in Den Helder to start the last stretch of the North Sea Bike Route which will take us south right along the coast. It’s been a good day of riding with warm weather, flower bulb fields that still had some bloom, beautiful dunes, good food, a nice visit with friends, and a comfortable B&B for the night. Only two more days to go!