Sunday 3rd of August 2008
It was Sunday morning and I checked out of Camp Zeeburg at 11.30am. I wasn’t sure where to go next. The rain was pouring down and there were dark clouds everywhere. I thought about going with the original plan and ride to Antwerpen and Brügge in Belgium but I was tired of all the rain and decided to start my ride back home, but this time I would ride through North Holland and ride on the Zuiderzee works.
The 32 km long Afsluitdijk separates the IJsselmeer from the North Sea, protecting thousands of km² of land. The dam is quite impressive and as a result of building it Holland has actually expanded their landmass as water in the IJsselmeer has been pumped out in the North Sea and land has risen from the sea!
While paying for my petrol at a petrol station in Bremen there was a German guy running towards me, pointing at my bike and asking me “Is that you’re Harley!?”, “Umm, well yes… that’s my bike” I replied as I didn’t care to explain that it was a Kawasaki… and he seemed very worried that that there were leaking petrol underneath of the bike. I freaked out a bit myself as I hadn’t seen this happen before. A quick call to my local mechanic and he could assure me that this was only because I had filled my tank to the absolute maximum and that it was perfectly normal for the bike to get rid of some excess fuel and told me to fill a little bit less next time… I remember thinking that this was one of those moments where I wish I had learned a few German phrases like “Where is the closest mechanic?”. (Note for future trips through Germany: "Wo ist der nächste Mechaniker?").
I finally arrived back in Hamburg and stayed at the same camping site that I stayed at a few days back (Campingplatz Schnelsen-Nord). The hot shower that night felt greeeeat! And the weather is much better in Germany, things are looking up. So far on this trip I had left behind 1768 kilometres.
Make sure you bookmark www.BikerThomas.com so that you can come back and read about the rest of the trip. Day 9 of the trip will be out real soon!