Tours and Routes in Holland.
The Holland Section is probably the biggest simply because of the number of weekend tours made. Please feel free to contact us to add any of your own favourite routes to this section.
The harbour bridge at Makkum, Noord Holland
Visit to EMO, Rotterdam
Our first non riding event organised by Arend. A beautiful autumn day with blue skies and sunshine, we all headed down to the Maasvlakte for a tour of the EMO bulk terminal in Rotterdam. A superb day out with lots to see and learn about. Scale and size is apparent in the photos. No need for a long story, the photo's tell it all.
A lot of fun!
Late Autumn Tour October 2019
On Saturday, 05 October, Ray, Arend and Wendy, and I took advantage of a good weather forecast for a day of riding. As usual, we met at the McDonalds in Charlois and after a quick cup of coffee, we headed out on the route Arend had prepared for the day – one that would keep us off the autoroute for almost all of it. Despite the coolness of the morning, it appeared that the weather was going to cooperate with us for the morning and afternoon. About two hours later, around 1200, we stopped in Gorinchem for a quick cup of coffee, stretch of our legs, and use of a restroom before resuming our ride. The next leg of our ride, although short, was truly fascinating as we rode along the tops of old dikes that were just wide enough for us to pass on coming vehicles. About 30 minutes later, we took our first ferry trip and a short time and ride that followed, arrived at Slot Loevestein, the beautiful 14th century castle. We parked our machines and walked to the café where we enjoyed a light but tasty lunch. Although we had seasonal temperatures and sun filtered by light clouds, it was still nice to have a warm meal
We then resumed our tour where, about an hour later, Ray left us and headed for home. A short ride later, we met Marc and Essa (Arend’s son and Marc’s girlfriend) who were to accompany us for the remainder of the ride towards Hoogvliet/The Hague. Although this seemed simple, our attempts to successfully navigate the remainder of the route proved difficult as Arend’s GPS unit essentially led us in a large circle that ended at the point where we met Marc and Essa. Despite this, we all enjoyed a good laugh at the silliness of what had just occurred.
Marc used his GPS unit to lead us back towards the end of the route, and he and Arend then took turns leading the group. At an intersection with the A20, I said goodbye to my fellow riders and headed back to The Hague, arriving home following 280 total kilometers for the day. In all, another great day of riding and hopefully, not the last for 2019!
April 2019. Opening tour of the Year.
Sunday, 07 April 2019, marked the first group ride of the year and as we always hope, we could not have asked for better weather conditions – bright sunshine throughout the day and warming temperatures into the afternoon. As usual, planning for the ride began well before it occurred as Grant prepared an excellent route that would take us to the south/southeast part of the country. After exchanging several rounds of text messages and emails to determine who was going on this ride, a time and place for a rendezvous was determined – the McDonalds in Charlois, right off the A15, at 1000.
After a light breakfast for those who wanted food, we all returned to our motorcycles, put on our helmet and gloves, and the fired up our engines.
We formed an order for the ride of Grant leading, followed by Joost, Tjarda, me, and Arend/Wendy at the rear; an order that we held for the rest of the day. We began working our way along the path Grant had plotted – through small towns and on narrow roads across the farmlands of the area. Admittedly, it was hard to remain focused on the road ahead while wanting to survey the wonderful scenery that surrounded us. I am sure that Arend/Wendy saw me turning my head from side to side trying to take in the beautiful views as I noticed Tjarda was doing the same while she was riding in front of me.
After riding through the Kiltunnel and two ferry crossings, we stopped for lunch at Helvoirt, an absolutely charming town about equal distance between Tilburg and s’Hertogenbosch.
Upon returning home. I noted that my odometer had recorded 165 miles/265km from the moment I left my house until the moment I returned. Hopefully, time and circumstance will allow us to have another day of great riding before we embark on the annual trip to the Eifel region of northwest Germany.
17th June Amstel tour.
After meeting at the Malieveld in Den Haag we headed north East along the N44 / A44 towards Amsterdam. Exiting at Kaag Dorp we took the river route north east along the Drecht and the Amstel rivers towards Baarn. Weather was great although due to some road diversions and navigation problems we did manage to get ourselves a bit lost towards the end. A lunch stop close to Amsterdam South by the river and then we made our way back to Zoeterwoude Rijndijk where Arend and Wendy needed to pick up some things from the motorcycle shop. Introduction ride for Joost and Tjarda. Ray also joined for the first rifle and we said farewell to Ian who is heading back to Hull.
Look forward to the next trip!
Amstel tour pdf file
Rotterdam Port & Westland - April 2018
First tour of the year for the new club. Richard, Ian and Grant headed out towards Hoek van Holland and down to the Calandweg and views over the port. Weather was spectacular. 26 degrees, A few drops of rain on the Rozenburg ferry but a great start to the season.