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Day Six & Seven: Time to Walk

Nunspeet & Diary Farms

sunny 7 °C
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Arriving at dark in Camperplaats de Zwaan meant that it was day 6 before we had a chance to take a good look around and decide what to do.

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We found ourselves parked on an area of what must have been a farm. There were 3 other campers beside ourselves. The camp could accommodate 60 campers so the ablutions were larger than the previous two camp places but... with the covid restrictions the main block was closed for toilets (this was heated) and only 2 outside toilets were available to use. Brrr....I really knew this was not summer time, wrapping up in my coat just to go to the bathroom. At least we had the WC on board for the middle of the night nature call.

Signpost of Possible Fietsroute

Signpost of Possible Fietsroute

We saw a bike route but resting ended up being the order of the day. We left that for another time.

Annie-lou on the phone Nunspeet

Annie-lou on the phone Nunspeet

A little low on some supplies we braved the cold, took down our bikes and an hour before dusk, headed out to find a supermarket and in the process see a little of Nunspeet by almost dark.

We were in the countryside it seemed but within 5 minutes on the bike there was an industrial area which we quickly passed through and found the suburban zone, main road and local Albert Heijn. (with the help of Google and some common observation) The thing is, there are always new products that deserve your attention especially when you are out of your usual zone but... with the bike bags you have to be careful or you quickly have no room. Just as well Jos is an accustomed Dutchman when it comes to carrying things on a bike unexpectedly and we made it back safely groceries all intact. Christmas lights were coming on as we rode through the homes and small shopping centre. It looked lovely and cosy but there's nothing like getting back to the warmth and cosiness of the camper and dinner.

11_20 Nunspeet-PANO

11_20 Nunspeet-PANO

We woke to a glorious day; the forecast was for a cold but sunny day so we found a pamphlet of a walk 'Het Bekenpad' which would take us around the village of Nunspeet to see some historic buildings and places from the area. We set off a little later than hoped but we were sure we would have enough time.

11_20 Walking

11_20 Walking

The trail took us over farmland, fences and all. There was a good deal of mud as there had been plenty of rain in recent weeks.

11_20 Walking

11_20 Walking

11_20 Walking 01

11_20 Walking 01


11_20 Walking

11_20 Walking

Streams to be crossed and of course something had to fall in somewhere; it was the map, floating on the water under the log bridge I was trying to cross. Jos had gallantly tried to assist me get on and in the process the map had flown out of his other hand. I managed a heroic rescue and we were able to use the map while drying it out.

11_20 Walking

11_20 Walking


The trail led us to the back of a dairy farm where there was lots of activity. We peered into the cowshed, full of cows ready for milking we thought.
11_20 Dairy Farm Shed outside

11_20 Dairy Farm Shed outside

11_20 Dairy Farm Shed

11_20 Dairy Farm Shed

As we walked past and down towards the driveway the farmers wife arrived and began chatting to us. Jos had questions that she happily answered and then took us into the shed to see the milking robot in action; quite amazing.
11_20 Diary Farm Robot

11_20 Diary Farm Robot

11_20 Dairy Farm Robot 02

11_20 Dairy Farm Robot 02


11_20 Dutch Roofers in Action

11_20 Dutch Roofers in Action

The robot was busy with the cows while the farmer and labourers were busy building a new shed to house the calves which are currently in their own little calf pods across the road.

11-20 Calf Pod

11-20 Calf Pod

11_20 Calf pods

11_20 Calf pods

Now the trail took us past an unused farm and land where new large homes were being built, past these cute ponies and into the Bos.

11_20 Farm ponies

11_20 Farm ponies

11_20 Walking

11_20 Walking

Such a different atmosphere in among the very bare trees but very beautiful. We could see that after our extended time exploring the dairy farm we were not going to be able to complete the route and get back before dark so we took a more direct route to complete our days amblings. We were tired but pleased with the day and enjoyed a quiet evening.

Next day we braved the learning experience of topping up the water supply on board. We were not sure if we needed to but as we had managed to empty the first gas bottle already we thought it wise to do and there was plenty of room to manoeuvre the camper to load up. The gas bottle had been switched over but we would need to find a place to fill the empty one before we returned the camper. Perhaps our hot nights were because we had the heating a little too high. Oh well, that was what it was all about, finding out. By the end of the week Jos had the hang of the adjustments for the heating system.

We were relaxing and enjoying ourselves so much at this point that we extended our time with the camper from Thursday to Saturday. With another trip to Utrecht and Light Therapy it would make things more relaxed.

Posted by Koopmansal1 16:43 Archived in Netherlands

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