Veluwe Zoom route by bike [70,26km]
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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.
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.
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,.
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.
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.