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With the days getting shorter, Robin and I decided to make what may be our last long cycle trip of the year. Our goal was the port town of Muiden, to the east of Amsterdam. We worked our way through the east side of the city along the very picturesque Ringdijk before we joined up with the long distance bike route (LF20a and LF23b). We then cycled along the IJ on top of the Diemerzeedijk.
When we arrived in Muiden, we made our way to the Castle Muiderslot, a 700 year old castle that once formed part of the defenses to the important waterways in the area. Although we were much too late in the year to see them at their best, the gardens to the east of the castle were impressive. The castle itself was an interesting place to spend a couple of hours.
After the castle visit, we had a good lunch at the Restaurant Graaf Floris V van Muyden in Muiden proper. The Floris V has been welcoming guests for over 1000 years and its location right beside the main locks in the town mean it’s a popular place.
On the way back home, we dropped south to the town of Weesp and back via Dreimond and Diemen. Total trip distance was about 36 km. The windmill ‘t Hantje in west Weesp and the cycle along the Gaasp on the approach to Diemen are both very picturesque.