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Black Forest - Day 16 : From somewhere near Loch to Valkenswaard

We woke up early, the sun had been out for a while.

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This is what we saw when we woke up
 

We didn't have to take our tent down, so just packet our sleeping gear and started breakfast. It wasn't even 8 when we got on our bike. I didn't mind because it would mean we would get back home early. We still needed to cycle 170 km though.

We made good progress and didn't take any wrong turns. Around 11 we bought groceries. Lunch was around noon and again consisted of toast. By then we had cycled 60 km so we were right on schedule. From there to the Dutch town of Roermond would be another 40 km. On our way there we found some dedicated bicycle paths. Those were usually nice, but this one was filled with puddles. By the time we reached its end we were covered in mud. We saw gigantuous antenne in Julich, it were huge electricity poles with wires in between.

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The antenna in Julich

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The antenna, here you can see how many there were.
 

We had planned to eat fries in Roermond, but as we were ahead of schedule we continued to Weert. Fortunately it wasn't very crowded in the cafeteria, as we just cycled 210 km without showering. There were also people from Rotterdam. The man was on the phone and ordered fries babi pangang and a cola light (you have to be Dutch to get the stereotype).
 

We couldn't find the right roads from Weert to Maarheeze, so followed running roughly in the right direction. The kilometers before Leende were really tough for me. We both weren't looking forward to climbing the hill between Leende and Valkenswaard. Normally that was already a tough climb, but with all our gear it would be even worse. When we actually got there it almost felt like cycling on level ground, I guess the hills in the Black Forest had trained us well. In Valkenswaard we saw our friends Mathijs, Stijn, and Mitchel, but didn't feel like chasing them. We wanted to get home and couldn't make them suffer our bad smell. At my parents' home we got something to drink and told them about our adventures.


We arrived home around 8, which was 2 hours earlier than we had expected that morning and 4 hours sooner than planned the day before. It was also a full day sooner than anticipated for the entire return journey. 

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Here you can see how much gear we carried and how tired we were after cycling 1360 km.

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All the straight roads made today go by fast.

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The last leg of the journey

 

Distance cycled : 164 km