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  • Bill Weidenfeller

Day 11. July15 KAMPEN to AMSTERDAM.. Distance 68 mi /109 km

We left KAMPEN at 9:00 am and rode in a pace line headed west to Amsterdam. The ride is mainly on bike paths, often bordering water controlled to inlets from the North Sea under crucial water management control systems.

The paths are excellent and often on burms or levies allowing us views of the water and and its birdlife ....ducks, swans, a stork on one side, and often cattle, horses, goats and sheep grazing on the other side.

We rode quickly through through the unique Dutch villages: Harderwijk, Sparkenburg, and Naarden and others.

We stopped for a ferry crossing of a canal. The approach to the city of Amsterdam, population 863,000, with its motor and bicycle. Traffic went smoothly. Amsterdam is the #1 biking city in the world, so the interaction between motorists and cyclists is uniform and safe. We biked right to our hotel located on the waterfront of the Ij River.

We look forward to exploring Amsterdam; “A magical city on canals!”