A week ago I opted the possibility of biking around the IJselmeer with my two sons. A distance of 400km in 4 days. Untrained. Common sense took over and I decided to restrict the distance and time to 66km and 1 day. From home we cycled a few km north to Muiden, a town at the mouth of the river De Vecht. Long ago the river De Vecht was a major river between the river Rhine and the former Zuidersea.
|Zuidersluis - Muiden|
|Oldfashioned windmills along the Vecht.|
|Loenen aan de Vecht|
Dark clouds covered the sky by now and I expected rain or even thunder as is always the case being furthest away from home. It didn't rain however and soon we were back cycling in scorching hot sunshine again. We left the river Vecht to enter the peatmoors of the province of Utrecht.
In the past lakes appeared where peat had been cut and those lakes our now mainly used for yachting, kite- and windsurfing and swimming. The small stretch of land in between these lakes is completely occupied by marinas and (holiday)houses. I found it quite depressing. The final part of our journey was mainly through our neck of the woods and gave us some shelter from the burning sunshine.
We'd covered 66km in 4hrs and 15mins with an additional 1hr15min for breaks. There were hardly any complaints from the boys although we used just ordinairy bikes so I think we'll be able to cycle around the IJsselmeer, covering 400km in 4 days, in the future.