Veluwe Zoom route by bike [70,26km]

Arnhem Travel Blog

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Heathlands are pretty common here and I have to cross them for a long time. Mainly because the road isn't in straight line and zigzags about.

Stayokay Arnhem was more quiet and cosier then the one I had been in Amsterdam. But still it isn´t my thing. I was lying in a room with one other girl who came in at 4 o´clock quit drunk. After that I suspected a little afterparty in the bathroom. Well, all is fine by me, I got my urges too. But do they really have to bang the doors and get that bright light in my face all the time in the middle of the night? I see two guys walking by and when they have finally buzzed off and the damsel is in her bed, there is a constant banging on the door. By now I'm quit awake from all that turmoil and with a pretty empty stomach I go to the bathroom. I shoot the doorbanger to go to bed, but there is no respons.

Here you see how the landscape goes up and down. Still nothing spectaculair high, but for biking those hills can really be steep.
On the floor of the toilet I find a card to open a dormitory. Probably one of the guys lost it and that's was what the banging was all about.

I gather my belongings and decide to sit on the terrace, read my map for the day, waiting for the bike shed to open up. The terrace is however occupied by a very boozed teenager, who probably lost his card. I really did plan on giving it back, but before I get the change I'm being hit on. He asks me what I'm doing and if he can help me read the map. When I refuse I ensures me that he's very good at mapreading and that I suck at it anyway. Auch kinda bad remark to throw ar a proud Lady. "At the moment you're just very drunk." I throw back at him. "I'm not drunk." he says defensive, "that's just the beer!' as he waves with a bottle of passoa.

These wild cows walk around the forests here. There was a fence so I do not know if somewhere here they are really loose. In Rotterdam there is a island were these kind of cows live and you have to bike or walk between them.
A silence is falling for a moment, when I ignore him and he slowly starting to realize he's getting 'zero on his request'. That off course means I will be shit over. Probably has to do with male ego or something. "You're insane aren't you?" When I keep ignoring the little pest, I hear some remarks how I would like to be jumped by some sporttrainer. Since I do not know the man, I strongly doubt it. His constant demand for attention gets so ennoying that I walk off to the lobby. I never did gave him his card back.

Unfortunately I'm not that save in the lobby either. There a night porter roams about, who speaks a mixture of broken English and broken Dutch. Three times he asks me if I would like breakfast, if I'm sure, where I'm from, how long I'll stay, if I'm miss Whatshername,.

More cows finding shelter in the shadow of a tree. The weather was still very nice. As you can see. The zoom-function on my camara isn't really good.
.. Finally he disturbes my pro-bike nap and sits himself beside me. The kind of friendly conversation, which you can't hardly reply with a 'piss off', but you know as a woman there's more to it. Minutes drag along. When I tell him I like to biking as soon as the bike shed opens he doesn't reply. But when I ask him past opening time who is responseble for opening the shed, it turns out to be him. "You go now? You eat breakfast?" he asks for the tenth time. Some kind of ritual follows where he pretends he can't get the door open and he walks around for some keys he has to search. In the meanwhile I go to the bathroom for the last time, to fill my bottles with water and to check for any sign on my forehead reading 'EASY'. When I come back, he still walking about and asks when I get back to Arnhem.
A mixed landscap of coniferous forest and forest. Even without the hills its prettier then the ever the same polders.
I tell him a story that my boyfriend is from Arnhem, so I come here quit a lot. He disappears and the receptionist comes out with the right key. Aha! Boyfriend was the magic word here. Like I'd sleep in a hostel when I have a boyfriend living nearby...

Actually I had planned for me to leave a little later. Than I would have been in Velp around 8 o'clock and the supermarkets would have been open (I assume...). Now everything is still closed and I move on. I find the startingpoint of the Veluwe-Zoom route pretty fast. A steep climb of a coiuple of kilometres  through a piece of forest follows. If this is going to be the whole route, I'm not going to make it. I'm realistic here. I'm not trained for this and I do feel the worse for wear.

I couldn't refuse shooting this picture. I really liked those roots.
But then a plain comes up where up and down alternates. Then another piece of forest with a more steep hill, but nothing very Tour-de-France-ish. So I'm kind of anxious about that steep hill, the book warned about. But then all signs stop and I'm on the highway. Near Loenen. That was steep? Or did I missed it. I at least expected the Loenermountain or something.

But new problems arise. The signs don't come back. The tour leads through Loenen and Eerbeek, so I follow the carsigns. In Eerbeek I stop at a supermarket for breakfast. Strawberry-banana-juice and a box of cherries. And for in the afternoon a piece of cheese. I keep on biking using a too little map and my own navigationskills. After Eerbeek the sign return and along the Apeldoorn Channel I eat my delicacies. In the mean time I feel rougher than rough, more tired than tired and my knee is cracking now and again. I never made so many stops and breaks and start my lunch at half past 11. Because of my exhasution and the unclearness of the map, I miss out on the 'onzalige bossen' (un-gorgeous forests) and the posbank. The reason I made the tour in the first place.

Near Arnhem al puff is wrenched out of me and I am treated for the hill I had to climb in the beginning, but now I take it down. For about 7km I can go down down down and I thank the angels on my bare knees. Quickly I search for the trainstation, a route that leads me along the awarded town centre. I take the first train back home and feel half-dead.

Pretty Arnhem: Sight from above over the Onderlangs and Rijn, Entrance castle Rozendael

Veluwe Zoom route: Mainly the challenge keeps calling.

Don't forget: Take a plaid next time to lie on the grass.

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Heathlands are pretty common here …
Heathlands are pretty common here…
Here you see how the landscape goe…
Here you see how the landscape go…
These wild cows walk around the fo…
These wild cows walk around the f…
More cows finding shelter in the s…
More cows finding shelter in the …
A mixed landscap of coniferous for…
A mixed landscap of coniferous fo…
I couldnt refuse shooting this pi…
I couldn't refuse shooting this p…
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