31 May, 2007

Day 11: Riding to Maastricht

50 miles today, 283 miles total.  

"P.S. There were tons of hills today, but none too steep."

It did not take long to get out of Aachen, and out of Germany. Holland is in love with bikes, and practically every road is a bike route in the rural southern province. We had the option of crossing dirt farm roads or staying on pavement. 

It makes me so happy to know that bicycles get access like this somewhere on the planet.

It threatened rain all day. With so many bike routes the trick is finding the right one! Packs of roadies passed us with gleams in their eyes and smiles on their faces. The fields of wheat and hops? were amazing and we even saw a windmill. 

The language here is extremely difficult for us and without their English we would be resorting to pointing or using German.