The night

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.

The start

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.

The route

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.

This is the route I have walked.

The animals

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.

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Tomorrow, I will walk to Amersfoort. A walk of 28km.

Welterusten / sleep well!


  1. Bridget M Willard on May 21, 2019 at 00:49

    That’s awesome. I love seeing your updates.

  2. Estela R on May 21, 2019 at 09:47

    Not sure what’s more exciting the reason why you’re doing it, the walk/adventure in itself or the stories coming out of it, but I’m looking forward to read your posts every day. See you in Berlin

  3. Carole Olinger on May 21, 2019 at 14:12

    I truly envy you for all the impressions you’re collecting. This is so inspiring – YOU are so inspiring! Thanks for keeping us updated, besides walking hours and hours a day! You rock!

  4. Femke on May 22, 2019 at 08:47

    Goede reis, Marcel! Geniet ervan!