The third day promised a route through a national park thence several kilometres of long beach shores, shirting along scrubby sand dunes then inland following canals often with huge industrial complexes and finally into the university town of Leiden. It threatened rain all day thankfully it held off till about 7 km from our destination then pelted down for 15 minutes so we had lunch from a supermarket under the awning.The City Hotel Nieuw Minerva is really quite quaint reminiscent in its decore of Fawlty Towers!
The day dawned wet and rather miserable. It was therefore a less than enjoyable 65 km trip, flatness not withstanding. The delightful Dutch lass who served us coffee around 11am pronounced confidentially that the rain would finish at 4pm and the sun would shine, which it did at 4:01 precisely. The village of Edam a mere 10 km into our day’s journey was delightful.
The day remained delightfully sunny and cool – ideal weather to cycle. Our hotel had the feel of a cross between a country club and RSL casino! This is my bedroom
As it turned out this Sunday was the annual village fair! The older male generation dressed in the typical black sailors pantaloons! The younger generation in tank tops. Irrespective of age all were making serious efforts to finish the day inebriated. The village is quite touristy.