To Leiden

Breakfast at 8, riding at 9.

To the right, the natural water level. To the left, the land is obviously much lower. 1/3 of the Netherlands is below sea level.

Our first glimpse of flower fields. These are hyacinths.

We had a nice rest stop at Plantage:

We spent almost three hours at Keukenhof – truly a beautiful spring garden.

The number of pictures I could have included here are innumerable. Beauty at every turn.

One of several unique water crossings:

There was a huge building with indoor tulips – an amazing variety, some about 3 feet tall, all labeled with great names.

We ate the lunch we’d made after breakfast and made our way back to the meeting point. There were many areas of Keukenhof that we weren’t able to see. Next time!

We rode another hour frequently through flower fields. The scent of hyacinths was heavenly.

We parked and locked our bikes near the docking area and took a short walk into Leiden to buy a few essentials and wait for the barge to arrive.

Our landmark to find our way back:

A wonderful day of riding, some light rain to deal with, and 27 miles in the saddle.

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