A Dutch incursion….
Take the tandem abroad? Avoid airports and packing the tandem? Find somewhere that is hill-free? Why not Holland?
Rolling off the ferry from Harwich into the Hook of Holland gave us a perfect start for exploring some of the most beautiful parts of the country. But if you think Holland is completely flat, think again. Some of its most ‘rugged’ nature lies along the Dunes running from the Hague to Zandvoort……some 80km of rolling, desert-like landscape. And because it ‘rolls’, sports cyclists and would-be Steven Kruijswijks like to pump up the speed, attacking the climbs in search of their Strava points.
But before the thumbnail sketches of each day’s experience, here is an overview of the route: