27.04.2009 18 °C
Despite the marathon this morning we got out of Hamburg without any problem and were on the main road very quickly. The dual carriageway we were on was a slightly irritating mix of clear sections and roadworks (about half and half for 100 miles really). Beautiful weather again though and lots of bikers to wave to and wind turbines to look at!
We stopped for lunch just before the border with the Netherlands and the friendly Dutch waiter put the formula one on the tv for us!
Over the border the landscape flattened almost immediately to the stereotypical Dutch flats. Around an hour North of Amsterdam we reached the Dam separating the North Sea from the Ijsselmeer. This was something else: a 15 mile dam with an embankment on one side, the road stretching as far as you can see into the distance and water to your left for as far as you can see. Halfway along we stopped and got a view from the embankment. Quite strange to have water at different levels on either side!
We enjoyed the ride through the canal-side streets of Amsterdam and checked into our apartment for 2 nights. As we unloaded our things a guy called Mclean came over to chat with us. He's a Texan guy who is living and working in Amsterdam and has a big Harley. We'll be meeting up for a beer and a bike chat before we leave I think!
323 miles today takes us to 15 965 and we're off to the channel tunnel on Tuesday.