Yesterday was the warmest day of the year so far. It was 23 degrees C in Haarlem (73 F). We ran around all morning doing chores but in the afternoon we headed to the beach. We started kind of late, almost 3:00, but I couldn’t see sitting at home wasting the weather!
Since moving to Haarlem I’ve been looking forward to being able to bike to the beach. What a luxury! Biking to the beach! We headed first to Bloemendaal, then directly West through the dunes to the beach. The best thing about NL is that there are bike lanes everywhere. You can safely ride a bike anywhere you want to go. Here is our route. It took us 45 minutes to bike it.
When we got to Bloemendaal aan Zee we turned right and biked into Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. Bikes get in for free but cars have to pay. We biked to Parnassia, a beach cafe at the end of the road where you can park your car, and your bike. There were lots of bikes in the bike parking yesterday.
We walked down to the beach and hung out for a while. In the distance of this photo, at the horizon, is IJmuiden, which is where the Noordzee Canal begins (or ends).
In this photo, at the far horizon, you can see Zandvoort, where I was last Friday and where we ran 12 km the Sunday before that. So, Parnassia sits kind of half way between IJmuiden and Zandvoort.
We didn’t stay there long. DB can’t sit still for more than 10 minutes you know. And soon the clouds came over. This was the final photo of the day.
It was really terrific being able to bike to the beach and back. The wind was a little stiff and the hills a little high on the way home (we had already gone to the gym in the morning and I had already run 5 km!) and my legs were BEAT. You can be sure I’ll be biking to the beach again and again this summer – just because I CAN!