Normally, I refuse to bike in big cities (New York? No way). There are too many possibilities of crashing. Or death. Heck, I didn’t even ride a bike in college because I was afraid of ramming into people. But when I learned of a bike tour around Amsterdam where we got to ride and picnic in its countryside, I was sold. It sounded so relaxing and picturesque – sign me up!
Except as I found out, biking in the city ain’t easy. The problem wasn’t cars, but other bikers! Amsterdam is obviously a biking city. Everyone bikes. So that made the whole “I’m not sure about this biking thing” less intimidating. But bikers there were also not afraid to raze down pedestrians or crappy bikers!
There weren’t a whole lot of opportunities to stop and take pictures, which is why I took a video with my GoPro as I biked (and the occasional iPhone pic)…but didn’t realize until too late that the bike mount didn’t swivel. So! The following video will be a one-sided view of Amsterdam from my bike (lol):
A quick explanation of our route: we first biked through the city.
And then boarded a ferry with our bikes to cross over to the countryside.
Biking through the #Amsterdam countryside! ? #realcountry #farmlife #travel #Europe #Holland #Netherlands A photo posted by Jessica @ WONDERMENTARY (@itsjpei) on
What made me facepalm was when I sent the pic above to my dad and he told me it looked like Amarillo, TX. So you’re telling me I traveled halfway across the world to see something that’s a few hours away from home?!
After a picnic and more biking in the countryside, we boarded the ferry back to the city. In total, the tour was ~25 miles! I don’t think I’ve ever biked that much in my life! But it was such a fulfilling accomplishment that it was worth having a sore butt the next day! 😀
Do you like to bike? Where are your favorite places/cities to bike around?
P.S. Biking still not your cup of tea? Try a Walking Tour of Amsterdam!