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Sunday Cycling: Noordpolderzijl

It was the warmest, sunniest October 30 ever, so Sidsel and I went for one more cycling trip. (This year, I ended up not writing about most of our trips, so to recap: no, we haven't stopped going even though both of us had fewer opportunities this year than in 2004). We'd read that Jeroen had gone to Noordpolderzijl and it looked nice in his pictures so we decided to go there as well.

Interestingly, it was exactly a year ago that we'd last been to Noordpolderzijl. The contrast between 2004 and 2005 was enormous: On October 30, 2004, the winter carrot harvest was going on in the Noordpolder, and the entire area was covered in muck. I remember the air being humid as well, but as I didn't take pictures or leave a record of conditions in the blog (bad blogger! No cookie!), I may be wrong. This year, the weather had been fine for a few days and while the area's main crop for 2005 was another root vegetable, sugar beets, the harvesting process didn't seem to have left as much of a mess. We also had more luck riding the north side of the sea dike, which is the nice side with the pretty view of the tidal marshes. The sheep were out in force again though. We had one slightly hairy moment when we passed a fence to a seqment of the dike where a group of horses were grazing: they were startled into a panic by us barging into their enclosure on our bikes, and started running around. Otherwise, the trip was uneventful; the only other problem was the stiff southwesterly wind on our way back. Note for next year: bring sunglasses. The low late October sun can be a bit of a nuisance.


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