It was still dark as I left Weert just after 8 am and I made good time heading towards Roermond.
A short detour took me via Kasteel Horn, a 13th century castle about 5 km from Roermond.
I then crossed the river Maas on the approach to the city and managed to negotiate the tangle of cycle paths & roadworks to find my route to my next destination, Venlo.
Continuing to make good progress I rode past the famous dragon at Beesel before stopping for the first banana of the day in the gardens in front of the town hall at Belfeld, not more than a couple of kilometres from the German border.
The sun is making an appearance now and I find the cycle track along the banks of the Maas to continue north to Venlo where I crossed the river once more to begin the homeward leg of my journey.
After passing through the small town of Maasbree I made something of a navigational error which probably added about 20 km to the day’s ride, but it wasn’t really a problem and before long I was past Meijel and heading for home.
The total distance of yesterday’s ride was 105.7 km which improves on my previous longest ride by just 500 metres & takes me to 1023.5 km, exceeding my original target for Cycling Down Dementia.
A really great day’s cycling, largely on unfamiliar roads in warm, dry weather.