The second day of our second mini-tour.
We slept well and as agreed went down for breakfast at 8 o’clock. Anke had provided us a very good spread of breakfast items.
She talked to us a little about some of the cycle tours she had done.
Anke had to leave at 9 so we were gone before then. We decided to visit Maastricht itself and cycled over the bridge and through the pedestrian zone a little.
We found ourselves in a large square with lots of buildings around it and a large church.
Klaus took this interesting pic of Celeste!
And also this Panorama view of the square.
Here is Millie in front of the church.
Klaus had talked several times about the bookshop in a church so we googled it and discovered it was just around the corner. As I pulled up outside I noticed Millie rather nicely reflected in the doors!
We parked outside.
It was a beautiful building inside with very clever design for the bookshelves on three levels.
There was also a café where the altar used to be and so we stopped for a cuppa.
We set off again after a nice relaxing time in the bookshop and wended our way through Maastricht town on a Saturday morning. There was lots on as the weather was good. Klaus stopped to take a picture of a building and Millie photobombed him!
We then crossed the river and looked back at the town (photo by Klaus).
It was lovely to just stand in the sunshine, warm enough to be outside the velomobiles without jumpers/coats on.
However, we were on a bike tour so it was time to set off towards Roermond.
Our route today was as follows:
On the way to Maastricht we had ridden on the west side of the river/canal, this time we were going up the east side.
We had plenty of time for the 60km day so decided we would stop for a leisurely cake halfway if we could find somewhere. There were lots of interesting places along the way.
Here I stopped for a photo of a lovely church:
And at the same time Klaus was also photographing it from further back – you can see Millie in his shot.
You can tell from the skies in the above photos that it was turning into a really lovely day. The temperature was about 10 degrees but inside the velomobiles we were toasty warm.
It’s a very nice route that we were riding although surprisingly quiet for a Saturday, except for lots of MAMILs riding in chain gangs.
At about halfway we started looking for somewhere to stop for a cuppa but couldn’t find anything. Finally, just past Berg an de Maas, we discovered a restaurant with lots of signs saying ‘Open’ so stopped, only to find that the door was locked. We rang the bell but no response came. As we were waiting two more cyclists came and sat down.
We started checking on our phones to see if there was anywhere else open not too far away when a car arrived and two people got out carrying parcels from a bakery. It was the owners of the restaurant and they had cake. A bit odd they hadn’t put a sign up to say “back in 5 minutes” or something, but anyway, we got our tea and slice of cake.
Although they spoke no German or English and we spoke no Dutch we managed to communicate perfectly well.
In Maasbracht we saw this very pretty view whilst we were riding down a bit of a hill (photo by Klaus)
And we stopped to look at this windmill. Some passers-by said “hello” to us and they turned out to be Brits.
We continued on and eventually arrived in Roermond at 3 o’clock. I phoned the Vrienden op de fiets host but got no reply so we decided to go to the riverfront and eat something. We had originally said we expected to be there at 5pm so being two hours early meant perhaps they were out.
We ordered a bit of food
And Klaus relaxed with a bit of sun worship
We received an email from the host saying they were at home, possibly in their back garden, so we headed off there.
It was a retired couple with a lovely quaint house with lots of wood panelling (I reckon the chap used to be a joiner or something similar). This was our room:After we had showered Klaus got in touch with his friend Istvan who lives in Roermond to see if he was free. He and his wife invited us for dinner, so we hopped into the Velomobiles and rode the 3km to Istvan’s house, where we had a very tasty meal and lots of very good conversation. Istvan and his wife Ingrid were really interesting people and it was great to get to know them. Klaus met Istvan through a photography forum and had known him for ten years or so.Istvan has a very good coffee machine…We also had some cake!We were all pretty tired so headed off at 9:30pm through Roermond, which was a really lovely ride in the dark on the good cycle paths.The total ride today was 58.52km at an average of 18.4 km/h.Here are the statistics, note that the average heart rate is a very relaxed 120.Once again we were really happy with the Vrienden op de fiets accommodation. The velomobiles were in the garden under an awning and well away from prying eyes. We slept very well after our cycling and socialising!