Slowly by the IJssel


Kees and Wieteke drove us via Austerlitz to Deventer on the IJssel River (anabranch of the Rhine). We took two bikes with us. Rosalie and Wieteke hired two excellent utility bikes from the railway station – a standard service available at major stations across Holland.

The IJssel is a beautiful, brim-full river navigated by barges, tourist boats and pleasure craft through lush green pastures and patches of woodland.

Deventer and Zutphen are old trading cities that now hide the historic centres behind a ring of modern suburbs.

Our route took us from Deventer to Zutphen on the true right bank of the IJssel and back on the true left bank (including a detour on Huzarenlaan – all very Napoleonic!). We saw storks nesting on poles. Storks disappeared from Holland for several decades and have now begun to return. Their food sources diminished due to agricultural practices, but now apparently they can find enough frogs and rats to eat.

Rosalie’s skill at riding side-saddle on a bicycle carrier in the classic Dutch tradition is awesome. (By the way, Dutch stairs are very steep – take care!)

Cycle Route:
Deventer/Zutphen loop

(I forgot to press Start for a while but you’ll get the general idea.)

Orange spirits are high!

2 Responses to “Slowly by the IJssel”

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  2. kaffeeautomat Says:

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