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

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


This is what we saw when we woke up

We didn't have to take our tent down so just packet our mattresses and sleeping bags and started breakfast. Afterwards we checked the time, it wasn't even 8. That was very early to get going. I didn't mind because it would mean we would get back home on time. That still required cycling 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 Roermond would be another 40 km. On the way there we noticed some dedicated bicycle paths. Those were usually nice. 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.


The antenna in Julich


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

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

From Weert to Maarheeze we couldn't find the right directions. We followed the highway which turned out to run in the right direction. The part before Leende was really tough for me. We both didn't feel like climbing the hill between Leende and Valkenswaard. Normally that was already a tough climb, but with all our gear it would likely be worse. When we actually got there it felt nearly as cycling on flat ground, I guess the hills in the Black Forest had trained us well. In the village 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 smell. At my parents' home we drank a bit and told our stories.

We arrived home around 8, which was 2 hours earlier than expected this morning and 4 hours sooner than planned yesterday. It was also a full day sooner than planned for the entire return journey. This is the last picture we took.


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


All the straight roads made today go by fast.


The last part of our journey


Distance cycled : 164 km