Today I had a great bike ride under cloudy skies, I mapped out a route with the HammerHead App that took me north west of Amsterdam along the North Sea Cost to the town of Bergen, then across to the village of Schardam on the shore of Markermeer, south along the coastline to Amsterdam.
First part of my ride was through the Westport area, the wind was a moderate breeze, which help me keep a good speed to Ijmuiden. In Ijmuiden I too the ferry over to Velsen Noord. On the ride over with the ferry I noticed something peculiar, when we went onboard the ferry there was many birds swarming over our heads. When the ferry start moving the birds settled down on the ferry and rode with us over to Velsen Noord.
From the ferry station in Velsen Noord I headed north to Wijk aan Zee to find the bike path that would take me along the Noordhollands Duinreservaat to Bergen, I found the bike path and headed up through the Noordhollands Duinreservaat. Biking through the Noordhollands Duinreservaat is very interesting, there is a lot things to watch out for especially longhorn cattles, that are roaming the area and sometimes are very close to the bike path.
I got through the Noordhollands Duinreservaat without running into any animals, when I reached Bergen I headed east towards Schardam, on this part of the route I passed through the city of Alkmaar, got a bit lost as my Hammarhead device did not give me the right direction in a roundabout. I got sorted out by some locals, so after a while I was on the right road heading to Schardam.
After I reached Schardam I headed south following the Markermeer shoreline tills I reached Amsterdam. Along the way I passed through the tourist town of Volendam where the party was on, loud music coming from the bars and resturants, band playing for people on the dock. This was in the middle of the day.
I liked this route, will do it again someday here is how I went.
Some pictures that I took.