|Judy riding through the "desert" a few km from Assen|
|People celebrating in the middle of no-where.|
|We stopped at a bench to eat our sandwiches. At the left end of the|
bench is space for a tree to grow through.
|The plaque on the bench reads "listen to nature". As this is a stiltegebied,|
or "silent area", nature is all you can hear except for the sound of passing
|It turned out to be a very good spot for people-watching.|
We made a video showing some of the other participants in the ride we were taking part in.
Many of the riders were quite elderly. Over 65s make a quarter of all their journeys by bike in the Netherlands. They don't only ride short distances to the shops and back, but also quite often go for tours in the countryside. Retired couples are often seen on matching "his and hers" bikes, and increasingly these days they'll buy electric bikes to make tours like this a little easier. The Netherlands is accessible by bike for people of all ages.
|Some of the other riders on the same route|
|Teenagers going in the opposite direction|
|And of course there was also plenty of evidence of people at the opposite|
end of the age range also cycling today.