This morning we motored a short distance to Werkemdam, off loading the bikes quickly to commence riding. This ride passed several small villages with beautiful thatched houses, with a number of exceptional examples, one with new thatch which is a light caramel sheen, shame thatch darkens with age.
Apparently the craft of thatching is dying in Holland, so this type of roofing is now very expensive compared to tiles. Although increases the value of the properties significantly.
Our guide Albert, pointed out, a weird sight with a black school bag hanging off a flag pole on a house. It is a tradition in Holland to fly the countries flag & hang a school bag, which indicates that your son or daughter has passed their senior high school exams. Possibly bragging rights in a small village - proud parents.
During the day we passed through the fortified towns of Heusden & Woudrichem. This also included a car ferry crossing of one of the large man made channels. If you ride on with your bike it is free, cars pay.
The highlight of the day was visiting a working windmill, grinding wheat, called the "De Hoop". The miller allowed us to go inside and climb up the 4 levels, explaining how it all worked. They still use pig fat to lubricate the timber bearing parts. It was built back in 1838. It turned out this is the 1st time Albert has visited a working wheat mill, as they are normally locked up & not operating. We were lucky to be passing by the miller as he was walking down the road. So a quick conversation by Albert & a promise of €3 each got us all in.
In the afternoon we had another passenger ferry ride from Woudrichem across to Gorinchem our port for the night. So far this was one of the prettiest rides of the week. It was another sunny day about 28C, with light wind, all up about 50km easy riding.