Getting miles in to Groningen

Saturday 4 August. 150 miles from Vijfhuizen to Groningen, going via Den Oever so I’d cross the Afsluitdijk; a bit of a nerd thing. At 20 miles long, It is a fundamental part of the larger Zuiderzee Works, damming off the Zuiderzee, a salt water inlet of the North Sea, and turning it into the fresh water lake of the IJsselmeer. The Afsluitdijk was the initial demonstration site for a 130 km/h (81 mph) speed limit in the Netherlands.

I parked nearby and cycled onto the dijk for some pics – the salt of the North Sea to my right, the fresh of the IJsselmeer to my left. OK, I said it was a nerd thing.

I love driving here, the roads are great, but I don’t usually have music on as SatNav instructions can come thick and fast on shorter hops. This drive offered long sections of flat, usually straight, quiet dual carriageway, so with cruise control on and REM cranked up loud to offset the hypnotic effect of the drive, I arrived at Groningen, my last stop in the Netherlands. Why Groningen? More on that tomorrow. (Whoo, a cliffhanger!)

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