Alkmaar is a town we would happily spend more time exploring. Another time.
Today we are off to Germany. Our fifth country in 4 days.
Dick has planned a long way round the north east of holland and northwest of Germany. Through villages, across dykes, and on as few motorways as possible. The plan is to reach the Elbe river north of Hamburg and cross on the ferry.
This massive dyke or causeway, is 32 km long and was built between 1927 and 1932. It is part of the Zuiderzee works.
To the east of the causeway is water as far as the eye can see. The artificial Lake IJssel a fresh water lake fed mainly from the Rhine.
As we cross the border into Germany we see disused border gantry and control facilities.
Soon we are taken by surprise as we ride along country roads and come to an area which is celebrating rhododendrons. Every house and public area has flowering rhododendrons. Rhododendrons in the Hobbie Rhododendron park spill over to the road side.
Some of these tasty morsels spill into our lunch plate.
Steph stops and has a chat as she makes her selection.
Cigarette vending machines are ubiquitous in Germany. A pack of 20 costs €6.
Tunnels. There is light, bright sunlight as we emerge from this one. Sunny Germany!
It is harvest season...
We remember that motorcyclists can go to the front of the queue. Just as well otherwise we would have had a long wait.
While we cross the Elbe on the ferry we chat with a Danish couple who are heading for Odense home town of Hans Christian Andersen. They are keen for us to visit. Next time.
The ferry trip shows on the GPS.
Over the Kiel canal. The 98km canal which was finished in 1895 links the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. Ships save 460km instead of going around the Jutland peninsula.
We arrive at Heide which is a light industrial town. We begin to wonder if there are any hotels when the Hotel Berlin appeared on the GPS. It seems she had been renamed.
It was 28degC.
My driver had earned his beer after a long ride.