|(Flamingo at Gotomeer Lake. Thank you to Mike at Hammocktree, and his windsurfing blog post from Jan. 2010)|
Since this is part of the Netherlands ...,
|(Cyclists in the Netherlands. Image Source: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2010/11/18/dutch-planners-school-u-s-cities-on-bikeability/)|
... it probably goes without saying that there is decent cycling:
|Bike Map. Image Source: http://www.infobonaire.com/cyclingmap.html|
Visitors and locals are uber-relaxed, but I'm with three hard core bicyclists. Forget the easy 6-mile rides in chilly weather that I'm used to at home.
We followed the red line route shown above, without the extensions at the north and south ends, about 22 miles. Sunny, beautiful, hot. Challenging. I got off and walked up a steep hill, and it took me all day to recover from the ride.
|Me, way back there, through the shimmering heat|
It was worth it. The rewards: stunning views along the west coast, flamingos wading in Lake Gotomeer (see above), a cold drink at the mini-market in the village of Rincon ...
|Rincon, pop. 1800, Image source: Destination360|
... and a dip in the ocean at the end of the day.