I Had Been Warned

Warned it was a dump (actual words used were “Lelystad is not a nice place”) but it was in the direction I wanted to go so I thought I’d see for myself. And I’m moving on tomorrow anyway.

I’d managed to get myself on the wrong side of the hilly region to the west of the IJssel, the same hilly region I was avoiding when I went east through Deventer (book fair city). The altitude graph for today’s route clearly shows the hilly region. Left is Heerde (today’s start) and right is Lelystad (today’s destination). Cycling it is not as bad as it looks.

Heerde to Lelystad Altitude Profile

Heerde to Lelystad Altitude Profile

My legs have recovered a bit and ride was enjoyable, but the polder section on the southern Flevopolder (the polder Lelystad is on) became a bit hard work, the clouds came over, I was exposed to the full force of the wind and it was rather dull scenery.

The campsite seems good. They lent me an adapter so I can use their electricity for free (my solar panel is not so useful on overcast days with full cloud cover), well sheltered from the wind, free Wi-Fi/internet, etc.

The nearest supermarket is an Aldi and after my experiences with them in Germany I won’t use them so I had to go somewhat further to find a better one and saw some of the city at the same time.

And I am now the right side of the hilly region.

A few photos from today’s ride

Quay at Elburg, Netherlands

Quay at Elburg, Netherlands

Quay at Elburg, Netherlands

Quay at Elburg, Netherlands

Southern Flevopolder, Netherlands

Southern Flevopolder, Netherlands

Herde to Lelystad

Today 40 miles.

 

Altitude Profile

Altitude-16-Aug-2018
 
Just two overall maps, one for the Netherlands and one for the entire trip.
 
The full route for the Dutch part is at Netherlands 2018 Cycling
 
The full route for the trip is at Europe 2018 Cycling

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