The silence at Kever haven was deafening and blinding. We must have gone deaf, because it was so darn quiet and we did not had to close any of the drapes! Sleep was peaceful. We woke up to an overcast sky, with ‘buienradar’ telling us we would get some rain. When leaving Jan was stupid enough to break the silence by playing his ‘bye-bye . au revoir’ MP3 over the loudspeakers.
After turning onto the Kager plassen Deb took the wheel for a bit, because the PC-Navigo display on the PC was not giving us any directions.
But after some fiddling, it showed us the route to Leiden. We encountered quite a bit of heron’s and swans, even a really big one.
As you can see it is kinda funny being in a boat, and seeing the water higher than the houses. We were looking over house roofs, while just being in the boat.
Then we encountered Leiden, a bunch of bridges and then a railway bridge. This bridge ONLY opens on .34 and 04 every hour. So I checked in via VHF and was told, be ready at 10.31. 10:31 came and went …we waited and waited but no change of lights. Overheard a large commercial asking for the time and he was told 10:59, because a train would be passing by at 10:56. So a bit more delay, but who cares in retired life ! Then at 10:56 NO train, yet the lights changed and we were able to get through and on our way to Leidschendam. During our wait, a few more boats gathered, one barge like ours, called “Energy II” a Tug boat and a small boat, so I let the barge, who seemed in a hurry pass and heard he was going to Schiedam. Great now he can speed ahead, call the bridge keepers and make it easy for us. Seeing the Leidschendam windmill Deb got ready for the lock.
Getting closer to the lock we saw a new way of cleaning your dog…..just let him jump in the water while on the leash.
And then the lock ……a quaint old fashioned hand controlled lock, with 2 bridges, in the center of the town. Energie II, the barge going to Schiedam peeked out to see if we all could fit in it, and after a few moment waved us to follow him. Slowly we eased ourself into the lock, with the lock master assisting with directions, while the diners looked on. The ropes got on and we had a few leisurely minutes to snap picture.
After Leidschendam onwards to Den Haag. Den Haag has Heron’s in its coat of arms, and we saw these buggers nearly everywhere ever since we left the Kager Plassen.
Just passed the hoornbrug we saw the new cycling bridge, a light structure that swings to the side instead of up.
We also passed the of LAGA building, where the student ‘corps’ of Delft University rows. When we left Sunday, I was reminded why I never liked LAGA.
Then we arrived at the Delft harbor, where because of lack of space we had to moor along side another boat. Looking around I saw a nice new built Dutch barge model “Vrijbuiter”. Looking in the DBA guide, I found out they we members, a new Zealand guy and his French wife and 2 kids, who were going to cruise Europe for 2 years.
5.2 engine hours