Today has not been my best day, but it has had several high points. I don’t know whether it was something I ate last night but I woke up feeling a bit off and have had a squirmey stomach all day. It’s not really stopped me from doing anything, other than eating, so I’ve just got on with the day as best I could.
Out of bed about 7 as usual and by the time I’m organised and on the road the time is 8.30. Today my ride was to be only 40 km but the first three quarters of it was through boring country which has only been reclaimed from the sea since the war. However I eventually got to Blokzijl which was originally a Zuiderzee port but is now a long way inland. As I arrived at the old harbour basin I spotted an art gallery so I had to take a look. The owner was a very friendly chap who made me a coffee and chatted for half an hour or so. And that seems to have been the story of my day, after being stopped at a lift bridge/lock I decided to have lunch near by. Out came my drawing pad and I must have had a good chat with 3 couples and a word or two with several more. (pic above)
Then on to gorgeous Giethoorn which is like a little Venice with thatched cottages, in fact I’m staying in one because (after a amazing week) the weather doesn’t look so good for tomorrow. I might stay another night if it is wet in the morning.