#RunFrodoRun – Holland, Belgium and Germany (approx 290 miles)
Day 8: Bradfield to Hook of Holland
The ring grew heavier (or I was getting more tired. It’s hard to tell…) as I approached Harwich for the ferry on Sunday morning; one week precisely since the Manchester Marathon.
I was looking forward to a day of doing nothing. The sun had finally come out after almost a full week of rain, so sitting by the window was pleasant and I had eight solid hours to just sit there and relax.
I had my bivvie hanging on a railing, which I slowly rotated like a rotisserie every hour or so to dry it, but other than that and a few bits on social media, that was all I did for eight whole hours. I didn’t even eat anything as the food on board was a little bit expensive for my budget, but I didn’t mind. I was happy just to sit and not be running for a while.
With the pressure of catching the ferry now behind me, I could afford to ease off on the mileage a little and treat this more like a journey than a running challenge. I had my mind set on a few places I found on google maps such as “Isengard” and “Rivendell”. The first of these places was up in Delft, so I made a start heading in that direction before getting hopelessly lost multiple times and giving up to sleep.
Day 9: Hook of Holland to Delft (approx. 20km)
I now had almost three weeks ahead of me before I would be flying back into the West on the eagles. The distance to Mordor was actually not far enough to justify travelling in a straight line. This meant I could focus on finding some perfect off-road routes and meeting new people along the way. The weather forecast was good for the next week or so, so things were looking good!
Here are just a few of my highlights in pictures from my journey and there will be more to follow for anyone who has found this interesting…
Day 10: Delft to De Hoef (approx. 35km)
Day 11: De Hoef to Nijkirk (approx. 55km)
Day 12: Nijkirk to Zeumeren Forest via Rivendell (approx. 50km)
Day 13: Zeumeren Forest to Massbommel (approx. 50km)
Day 14: Massbommel to Geldrop (approx. 60km)
Day 15: Day off in Geldrop
Day 16: Geldrop to Bree (approx. 35km)
Day 17: Bree to Roermond (approx. 30km) (included a 10km ride)
Day 18: Roermond to Swalmen (approx. 15km)
Day 19: Swalman to Krefield (approx. 45km)
Day 20: Krefield to Wedau (approx. 20km)
Day 21: Wedau to Mordor (approx. 20km)