June 10, 2018
We had a good breakfast and were given directions to the start of our route. Our campsite, dinner and breakfast came to the grand sum of 28 Euros about 42 dollars Cdn. We thought we had to turn left out of the gate, but the person on reception gave us other directions to pick-up the canal and follow the canal, a more scenic route.
We got terribly misplaced and realized we were heading south-east instead of north-east. We managed to find the N163 and followed the road until the Town of Kasterloo only 15 kms from our start but we had already done 25 kms! The N163 is a busy road however, it did have a cycle path along it for almost all the way. The Tourist Information office in Kasterloo was open and I was able to find the route again following the # intersection system.
We were hoping to end our day in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Due to the wrong direction this morning and another wrong turn in the afternoon and the heat of the day (25 degrees) we found ourselves in the Town of Bergeijk, Netherlands, we had a late lunch of paninis and fries and checked out where we could find a camp site. We had not been able to get any food as most of the shops are closed on Sundays.
We did find Camping de Paal, where there is a restaurant and a supermarket, it is a large camping site, designed for families. Swimming pools water slides, petting zoo, quiet cycling areas, games areas, everything you could possible need for a weeks holiday with the kids.
We were able to buy dinner for tonight and breakfast for 15 euros from the camp supermarket. Tonight’s campsite is costing us 23 Euros for a pitch (no electricity).
European campsites have a special 3-prong plug for the power outlets. We had one last time we were cycling through Europe but not this time, we might have to buy one because they are used at every campsite. We do need power to power the garmins, phone, laptop and iPad!! The things you carry on a bicycle.
The routes today varied from on-road town routes to rural, scenic routes. We crossed into Holland without realizing we had crossed an international border. Ralf spotted another windmill, Running total 5-1 and we heard a cuckoo.
We were hoping to get to Wesel tomorrow, but it is going to be Tuesday now.