I had a great nigh, and slept very well. I woke up around 7am. After a nice breakfast and some talks in the morning I packed my backpack and started stage 2.
Not as impressive as yesterday, the start today was just me, leaving a house, and saying goodbye and thanks to Yvette. I just started walking, in the right direction.
I walked from Gouda to Utrecht. A wonderful walk through the ‘Green Heart’ of The Netherlands. Here are some pictures to illustrate that:
Sadly the weather was bit grey-ish, but the temperature was good.
During the route I had some close encounters with animals. The first was a very friendly dog. Here he is:
Then, I had to cross a field with some cows. And a massive bull. I survived, but the bull was so impressive I even forgot to take a picture.
After that, I had to take a path with some high grass. I took a turn to the left, and there she was. A soon-to-be-mother swan, with 5 eggs. I saw the eggs, because the swan was scared by me, stood up and started hissing. I was startled and again did not make a picture. You just have to believe me.
The sleeping accommodation
I arrive a bit early today, but Rik was already at home. I took a quick shower, and we had a beer, togerher with his girlfriend Femke. Great hosts, adventurers and they really liked to hear my story. Then Rik made us dinner and we chatted some more.
I also tried to sync my strava activity, during a little ‘mobile-moment’, which in the end worked out.
Thanks Rik and Femke, and sorry for breaking your little showertimer-hourglass.
Tomorrow, I will walk to Amersfoort. A walk of 28km.
Welterusten / sleep well!