Cycling: Delft – Gouda

kb_eu16bike_0890aRoute of 4th day: Delft – Zoetermeer – GoudaTotal km/day: 41.56 km – (gpx)
Accommodation: hotel

  • We got lost at Zoetermeer’s exit, there was no or we didn’t see one of the signs at a road junction. I really wanted to go to the bathroom but there was no toilets around. I even knocked on a house and asked if there was a bathroom nearby, they told me to go to the train station. When he got there, there was nothing, no attendant, no bathroom. As it was all very populated and without an open filed, only beautiful houses with perfect patios, I had nowhere to pee … It was stressful, simple things of life can be stressful. The relief was when we arrived in a village that did have a bar with a bathroom. Before I had stopped at a bakery and said that the bathroom was only for employees …
  • I got scared at one of the junctions on the road, I almost got hit by a car. I stopped on a traffic light and had no angle to see the green or red. My father, who was behind me, said to go and I went but a car came on the Kruisweg bend. She honked me loudly… I was already nervous that I did not find a bathroom, that I was lost, more this episode…
  • On arrival in Gouda (I love cheese, it was the ideal place to spend my birthday) we saw some bands playing around the city. It was a signal to celebrate the anniversary and rest from the day of pedaling.

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Tínhamos o plano de chegar a Gouda para comemorar o aniversário da Karla (27/05), e assim foi feito. Saímos de Delft no meio da manhã e seguimos pelos bem traçadas ciclovias até chegarmos a Gouda, na metade da tarde, fazendo um passeio pela praça central da cidade, onde havia uma parada de diversas bandas, comemorando o que nos disseram ser o “Dia da Caminhada” que envolvia as escolas e as crianças da cidade. Claro que, para nós, foi a forma que os holandeses encontraram para dar os parabéns para a aniversariante.

Ficamos no centro até o anoitecer, acompanhando o evento, tomando uma boa cerveja e degustando queijos maravilhosos.

À noite, fomos para o nosso “compromisso social” da viagem, ou seja, comemorar o aniversário num restaurante mexicano escolhido pela Karla, com boa comida, cerveja e margaritas….aspas_fecham

Renato Brunet

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