The tiny, bicycle-friendly country of the Netherlands, one-quarter the size of Washington State, has over 7,000 miles of signed bike routes, plus ferries and drawbridges just for cyclists. Jeff and Louise Davis, riding their tandem bicycle, share with us 1,000 of those miles, climbing a few ancient church towers and canoeing the canals of Groningen and Leiden.
Having to change their plans of cycling along the Danube and Rhine rivers, because they were flooded and the bike trails were underwater, they headed to the Netherlands (literally meaning “Low Country”) with six weeks of time and no plans. The Davis’ traverse 9 of the 12 provinces, riding through ancient town squares, staying in a sixteenth-century fort, and visiting two of the largest collections of Van Gogh paintings in the world.
Their favorable experience of ease and exploration takes us over the low, flat landscape and delves into the culture and history of this Western European country.