After completing a 180-kilometer circle around Rotterdam, I came up with another plan: to ride the biggest circle that would fit within the Netherlands. To make it even more challenging, I decided to try and do it in one go. It took me 36 hours to ride the 590 km circle, with a bit of cheating on the Afsluitdijk dam!
You might wonder why I'd do such a thing, and honestly I wondered myself too, several times while pedalling through the half-dark in Drenthe. To me it is about getting myself in a situation that causes me to see the world differently – a new perspective, experiencing the world around me intensely, feeling awake and in tune with mind and body, far away from to do lists, unanswered emails and so on.
Getting scared and seeing things that are not really there is part of it too. Once you get through that chapter, the sun will rise again, your mood will shift accordingly, and the knees, well yeah they feel sore, but even that appears to come in waves and is not present all the time.
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Last updated: December 9, 2021
After I had cycled a lap of 180 kilometers within a radius of 15 kilometers around Rotterdam, I had an idea to investigate what the largest possible circle would be that would fit within the national borders of the Netherlands. And to make that even more challenging, to cycle that circle of 600 kilometers…
The raindrops sparkle, the world is fresh and the morning light beautiful. Where I was a bit anxious last night, I now see a sloping Dutch field landscape and I am cheerful. I look at the route and see: 338 kilometers to go. Doel 1 is looking for a coffee with a matching breakfast. On the way I am again…
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