Riding from L'poo St to London Bridge station in London traffic is a real eye-opener after a week on roads that, even in cities, were totally traffic-free. Because they're proper "cycle lanes". As opposed to a crowded road with a bit of paint on.After however many days of clean, efficient Northern Europe, this country is filthy and everything seems 'Temporarily Out of Order'.
If I remember rightly, left at the first roundabout had no entry signs except for 'special people/transport' so we carried on a bit further swung a right and somehow found ourselves doing a loop that took us back to the roundabout. Went back to that left turn and TC spoke very nicely to the man in the box who let us through into a bit of a mess, then the station carpark. The lift to the station platform wasn't working and the directions were absolutely (not) clear cut for the alternative 'wheelchair friendly' route, but we eventually managed it. Ticket office was shut and didn't see any ticket machines, so bought online.Isn't it just turning left at the first roundabout on the way out of the port or have they farked that up for cycling too, like the high kerb you plummet off if you're daft enough to follow the cycle route from Harwich proper to the port instead of the direct and fairly quiet Station Road?
Not at all. But when it comes to building roads, the Dutch government appears to be extremely unwise.Is any government anywhere 'always wise'?
Antwerp was delightful. As were Gouda and Dordrecht. Delft was lovely too, but I could have done without the twee blue-and-white porcelain.I have always considered Ghent to be underrated. But not as underrated as Antwerp. Bruges, generally, is rated correctly. Ypres overrated and Brussels Hors Category. Lille gets silver-gilt for being a Flemish city in France with an amazeballs Grand Place.
I feel a trip coming on.
@wanda2010 and I had a very nice, and mostly waterside, ride from Delft to the Hook - we were extremely pleased with ourselves for having chosen to start from there instead of the sprawling grimness of Rotterdam. In accordance with your post above, I don't really share the widespread excitement about the Dutch road system - it's that monofunctional thang [don't make me post that video of Groningen roads again], and the fact that the my conviction that segregated facilities mean surrendering more space than we gain appears to be entirely justified. Plus, as you say, the madness of major junctions. What does work, however, is the abundance and connectedness in some areas of what are essentially small roads without unnecessary markings on which cars are simply not allowed - like those smoothly tarmacked ones of the Fietsparadijs Limburg, and the wide paths alongside canals. But the morning out of Leuven was easily my favourite riding of the tour. We didn't get around to twee porcelain, but can report that the khazis at Delft station are not just un-twee but uncommonly minging.Antwerp was delightful. As were Gouda and Dordrecht. Delft was lovely too, but I could have done without the twee blue-and-white porcelain.
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