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by Northumberlander
11 Oct 2018, 8:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1849

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

Having received so much helpful advice here, I felt I should come back to say what a really great week I had. Everything you hear - about the brilliant infrastructure, the easy route-planning, the friendly people - is true. Oh, and the bit about the wind too... :shock: I had a lovely tour, did not e...
by Northumberlander
20 Sep 2018, 9:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

I chose to buy the Basiskaart set of maps (full set covering the whole of the Netherlands), rather than the specific Zuiderzee-only route map. This was because the postage cost was almost as much as the single route map, whereas it was only half of the full set - which therefore looked like the bett...
by Northumberlander
20 Sep 2018, 9:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

You can set a distance when you do a circular tour, but not for a one way trip, I think. What you can do, of course, is pick a destination that you expect to be roughly how far you want to go, ask the system to design a route, and then see how far this actually is. I agree it would be nice to have ...
by Northumberlander
20 Sep 2018, 7:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Exeter to Dover
Replies: 4
Views: 427

Re: Exeter to Dover

Sorry, this is not helpful - at all - with regard to your original question, but the word 'Topsham' has me responding... Our daughter has recently relocated there (400 miles from 'home') and a couple of weekends ago we visited her. We rented bikes from Route2 Bikes, and spent a lovely Sunday tootlin...
by Northumberlander
20 Sep 2018, 4:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Needing some help with https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/

I'm planning my upcoming tour in the Netherlands, and have found the fietsersbond.nl route-planning tool to be absolutely excellent. Except for one thing... I can't find a way to measure distances along the route (in my case the Zuiderzee LF route.) Suppose I want to plan a 100km day (or in fact, an...
by Northumberlander
9 Sep 2018, 9:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1849

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

Thehairs1970 wrote:
Buy a map. Use the fiets planner. Be prepared for wind. It can get really blowy.

Have fun.


Thanks! I've ordered the basiskaart set of maps. I have mastered the fiets planner tool, I think - it's great. I'm working on a sail attachment for my bike :lol: And I'm looking forward to some fun.
by Northumberlander
9 Sep 2018, 7:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1849

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

Ron wrote:I found it interesting to visit Schokland, an ex-island!
https://www.werelderfgoed.nl/en/world-h ... rroundings


This does look interesting! Thanks for the pointer.
by Northumberlander
6 Sep 2018, 12:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1849

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

I did the Houtribdijk but not the Afsluitdijk (I was surprised that the Houtribdijk was only a couple of miles shorter than the Afsluitdijk) and I expected it to be really dull, but I actually enjoyed the ride; maybe because it was a sunny calm day and there were quite a few boats out. The dike is ...
by Northumberlander
5 Sep 2018, 6:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1849

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

I cannot repeat it often enough: plan your routes with the Fietsersbond routeplanner: https://en.routeplanner.fietsersbond.nl/ The interface works in a number of different languages, including English. You can specify what type of route you want (fast, nature etc) and you can download the gpx track...
by Northumberlander
5 Sep 2018, 5:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1849

Re: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

Thank you, all, very much. Some really helpful insights there. I was completely oblivious to the possibility of causing offence by calling it 'Holland'! I wonder how and why the name associated with just two provinces became so widely used when referring the whole country... But I shall avoid that m...
by Northumberlander
4 Sep 2018, 10:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...
Replies: 33
Views: 1849

A Holland-touring newbie seeks wisdom...

In three weeks from now, I'll ride 60 miles from home to the DFDS ferry terminal at North Tyne, and take the overnight ferry to Ijmuiden. I'm grabbing the opportunity for a short five-day circular tour in Holland before sailing/riding home again. I'm looking forward to my first tour 'abroad' in many...
by Northumberlander
2 Sep 2010, 3:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: where should I go in November?
Replies: 26
Views: 2259

Re: where should I go in November?

Thanks for some very thoughtful and thought-provoking responses. The bit of fun about Sunderland, Hartlepool or Darlington ignores the crucial point concerning my climatic preferences of course. And the bit about feats of survival and endurance. And do you know how infrequent those trains have becom...
by Northumberlander
31 Aug 2010, 5:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: where should I go in November?
Replies: 26
Views: 2259

where should I go in November?

I'm a returning tourer. Did lots of cycle-camping in my youth, then lots with our young family too, but then somehow it all got left behind. How did that happen? Now as I hit 50 I'm rediscovering the joys of riding my bike again. Lovely - especially since we live in an area where many people travel ...