Day 2, Saturday, May 21 – Dijk Bij Duurstede to Nijmegen

Saturday 21 May 2011

Our lovely hotel, De Oude Lantaarn,  served breakfast at 8 am, so we stuck around; and SO glad we did.  A typical and bountiful Netherland breakfast of many fresh breads, homemade jams, meats, cheeses, granola, fresh yogurt and cream, not to mention some seriously good coffee awaited us.

After breakfast, we walked around town, even sat on the hotel rooftop trying to find a good internet signal to post the blog, but when the church tower rang 10 am, Jerry said we had to go.

So we pedaled down brick-paved roads past the bakery, butcher shop and windmill to the bike path along Amsterdam canal.

Almost the entire ride today was on a nicely paved road that was lined for one car and generous bike lanes on either side.  Though there were a few cars from time to time, it was filled with bikes of all kinds enjoying the weekend’s beautiful weather.

The path was along the top of the dike, so we were afforded delightful views of the little towns with tidy homes and perfect yards

and beautiful churches.

At two o’clock we took a break to make a plan for the rest of the day.  With a 24 oz beer down the hatch,

we decided to take the small trek across the bridge, find a place to stay and enjoy the oldest city in the Netherlands, Nijmegen.

As we checked into Hotel Courage, directly on the River Waal, we learned of the historic bicycle museum that adjoined our hotel.  Though quite small, it had dozens of bikes dating as back as far to the early 1800’s, looks pretty comfy, hmm?

After our quick history lesson, we strolled the waterfront enjoying the constant traffic on the river and the sites and foods from the riverside restaurants.

We enjoyed a couple delicously fresh dinners at La Pasta and some very entertaining conversation with the owner, Mike.  We are still trying to get used to the sun being high in the sky at 9 pm; so we slowly strolled back to the hotel and called it a night.

2 Responses to “Day 2, Saturday, May 21 – Dijk Bij Duurstede to Nijmegen”

  1. Jim & Denyce Says:

    We are just back from Atlantis. It was wonderful, but not beautiful like where you are currently biking. Have fun and drink lots of that great European beer!

  2. Robyn Says:

    schones fotos!
    I’m enjoying the ride and don’t even have to pedal. Looks like JB is enjoying the beer. Can’t wait to see what is ahead.
    Sicher Reisen.

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