The loss of the gloves a couple of days beforehand must have affected my judgement.
In a rash move I binned the old trainers I’d been wearing for the past week and checked out of my hotel in Rotterdam.
The weather was great, and it meant I could leave my panniers at the hotel for the day before setting off for Hoek can Holland.
I didn’t want the hassle of getting changed back into cycle gear for the last few miles.
It was all perfectly fine bombing round town in flip flops, but by the time I got 10k into the ride to Hoek my dogs were seriously barking.
Not only that, but having convinced myself I couldn’t possibly get lost I relaxed and managed to achieve just that within 5 minutes of setting off.
Rather than backtracking I persevered, with the result that I added at least 10km to the 23km route it took last time I cycled between the same two points.
Not only do my feet hurt, but my flip flops are ruined.
I finally made it to the beach at the end of the Rhine for a closing photo (you can tell because the bike is pointing the opposite way).
I may have had rubbish strategies for gloves and trainers on the trip, but I made no mistake when it came to the cheese and sirop waffles.
Last stop before the ferry was a trip to Albert Heijn to stock up.
I still didn’t fancy that Stena Line cooked breakfast.
Miles today: 19.54
Total for the trip: 419.26