Rural Netherlands

The Netherlands is of course biking country, and not just in the cities. It is perhaps surprising that such a dense country still has so much agriculture, but it does. Within a few minutes bike ride from the center of the city we are amongst farms. We took a bike tour of the nearby countryside. While this was in general as lovely as Delft,

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there were some rough spots, like this cycle track adjacent to the motorway.

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But much of it looked like this, actual farms (which is only surprising when you realize how close it is to Rotterdam, the Hague, and Delft),

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There are nice villages along the canals

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with affordable ice cream shops there as well

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And helpful navigation signs are usually there to help the bicyclists navigate.

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We also took a bike ferry (pulley system) to cross a canal. So I can add a new mode of transport to my collection.

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The authorities were nice enough to put chairs every so often so riders can relax.

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Photos of our bike trip to the Delft countryside can be seen on Flickr.