|Date||Saturday 22 January 1994|
|Distance stage||26,5 km|
|Distance acum.||26,5 km|
|Quality of signs||Good|
|Quality of the hike||E (bad): boring, many long straight concrete roads|
On this grey wintersday I start my hike across continental Europe. First I take the train to Amsterdam Central Railway Station (approx. 10 minutes from home).
From there I follow the directions in Gert Trego’s guide: “Leave the railway station and go left following the Prins Hendrikkade to the Kattenburgplein.” I continue my way to the Eastern part of town, and consequently through the neighborhood Watergraafsmeer to the Amsterdam – Rijncanal. Along the canalside I see some people who are taking their dog out for a walk, and some joggers. These are about the only people who I see outdoors during the entire day. The Trail continous along the A1 highway (crossing the canal), passing a huge power plant to the village of Muiden. At the dam in the river Vecht it will be a lot more busy in the summertime than it is today. Passing the castle Muiderslot and the former Zuiderzee (Southern sea) the Trail goes southbound, until the village of Nederhorst den Berg.
From today’s finish (near café De Bierhut / The Beercabin) I use the public transportation to the city of Weesp and take consequently the train back to Amsterdam. This was the start of it all. I hope that it gets nicer and prettier during the next 1939,5 kilometer to Vienna. I’m sure it will.