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Stage 1: From Veere to Essen – Bikepacking the Southern Netherlands

Stage 1: From Veere to Essen – Bikepacking the Southern Netherlands

Difficult
07:33
75.9 mi
10.1 mph
575 ft
575 ft
Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

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2 in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
10.2 mi
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Strand Zoutelande

Bike Touring Highlight

13.4 mi
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Vuurtoren Westkapelle Laag

Bike Touring Highlight

31.9 mi
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Nationaal Park Oosterschelde

Bike Touring Highlight

50.1 mi
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Koningin Julianahaven

Bike Touring Highlight

64.8 mi
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Kasseienstrook Hogerwaardpolder

Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

75.9 mi
Destination

Map

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 1.54 mi
Path: 7.49 mi
Access Road: < 109 yd
Cycleway: 33.7 mi
Street: 6.83 mi
Road: 25.9 mi
State Road: 0.46 mi

Surfaces

Unpaved: 8.88 mi
Compacted Gravel: 0.66 mi
Cobblestones: 4.13 mi
Paved: 29.8 mi
Asphalt: 31.9 mi
Unknown: 0.53 mi

Weather Forecast

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September 17, 2021

Comments

  • Jesko

    When we open our eyes it is slowly getting light. The birds in the trees above are doing their best to drown each other out. This is how quickly you can escape from everyday life. After we showered, we pack our bikes again and start looking for breakfast. The landscape is exactly as I had imagined: windmills, seagulls, small canals and clinker streets. After 15 kilometers we find a bakery in Zoutelande that also sells coffee. We stock up for the next few hours. Right on the other side of the street is the dike and behind it the sea. We won't miss the little detour. We're all alone on the beach. For the next 90 kilometers, the sea is our constant companion.Zoutelande is only a small village, but a very popular holiday destination during the high season. Now in May it is still extinct and quiet here. The beach is empty and there are only a handful of local residents on the streets. It's still pretty cool, gray and overcast with clouds. A rain shower pulls through, we take shelter in a perfectly placed hut and use the short break for a second breakfast. Around noon we reach the small fishing village of Yerseke. We order fish in a restaurant with a view of the harbor and are happy about our timing.After the first few kilometers were still characterized by asphalt, it is now getting rougher again and again. There are more and more gravel stretches and even cobblestones. But even if you follow a busy road, as a cyclist in the Netherlands you always have a separate cycle path all to yourself. Soon we will roll over one last dike and say goodbye to the sea. At a rest stop we enjoy the bolus bought earlier in the day, a Zeeland specialty. Brabant is waiting for Zeeland. We pitch the tent on a natural campsite right on the Belgian border.

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