My original plan was to start the Pieterpad tomorrow, June 30. Since last wednesday there is a bus strike and the last 13 km I needed the bus. This is as far as I know, the last day this week of the strike, so tomorrow the busses are going. Because of this I needed to change my plan a bit. Today I will walk from Winsum to Pieterburen. Tomorrow I will take the bus back to Winsum and walk to Groningen. In this way I have got an easy start the first couple of days.
The train ride from Nijmegen to Winsum was about 3 hours. Walking to Pieterburen was quite easy. Especially in Nijmegen it was getting very warm but because you are a bit more North and very close to the sea, there is a big difference in temperature, maybe 10 degrees Celsius.
After walking a little bit more then 2 hours, I arrived in Pieterburen. For the first night I reserved a room in a hotel to have a good start. While checking in I read about the facilities and there is a pool! The unexpected thing was that you can only swim friday evening ….. naked. Apparently it is every friday evening. For those who are interested, it is hotel Waddenweelde 🙂
After a swim (with clothes) and a shower I found a pizza place for dinner. This evening will be an easy one of relaxing and sleeping. Getting ready for tomorrow.