Not much curbside classics on this tour, since cars, trucks and motorcycles are not allowed to drive on the major part of this route. And that makes the dike (from the Dutch dijk) south of the Waal river ideal for a good walk, or bicycle ride, on a sunny day. With a great view to both the river forelands and the land protected by the dike.
Former farm and farmhouse, right after the main entrance of the dike.
On the left, that’s north of the dike, the river forelands.
The bridge in the background leads to some industrial plants, in the past it was the road to a ferry-boat.
A dairy farm, on the right the stockpile forage for the winter season.
Front view of the dairy farm.
The dike is getting more curvy here.
Meanwhile the ships are gliding through the landscape.
Shipping containers, heading east.
More of them on this one.
All kinds of concrete products are made in this plant, situated in the river forelands; we saw the bridge that leads to it above.
Glory days from the past, an abandoned brickworks. The river brought us clay, the raw material for the production of bricks.
Right after the old brickworks a group of cranes rises above the flat land.
They belong to the flourishing local shipyard.
On the opposite side of the shipyard’s premises are these new houses.
They just keep on coming, those shipping containers.
This part of the dike is also the only road to the shipyard and houses pictured further above.
Have a save journey, Michelangelo.
The shipyard from a different point of view.
The Fighter from Rotterdam, carrying a load of sand. The family car is also aboard.
Stand here for an hour or so and you’ll see more river vessels than you could imagine.
A Viking ship, evidently.
Closed due to circumstances.
In the background the narrow road that leads to the quay where I’m standing, and back to the dike. If the river level rises more, this whole quay will be flooded too.
There used to be a bunker vessel, right at this spot.
Way, way in the background is a house with red roof tiles.
For the time being there’s no need to empty the trash cans.
This old house at the corner of the dike and the road to the village seems to be built into the dike.
18th Century tea house, originally owned by the noble Van Deelen family. In the tourist season you can still have your cup of tea here.
Walking further eastwards.
Two wonderful houses, built at the riverside of the dike. Obviously the occupants and visitors can always enter the houses, regardless the river level.
Sailing to the east, which means upstream.
This vessel is heading west, down the river.
One of two identical and fairly new apartment buildings.
Another river vessel with the family car aboard.
Jewish monument, to honor and remember the small Jewish community. In 1860 the Protestants sold their former church to the Jewish community and they used it as a synagogue. The only synagogue in the whole region. Some bricks and a window from that building were used in this monument. Looking through its window you can see the original location of the former church and synagogue and the tower of the Roman Catholic church (also visible in the picture).
A last salute to the mighty river….
…before we leave the dike behind us here.
This is how the dike looks from ground level.
This little scenery reminds me of the 1981 movie Southern Comfort.
We’re away from the river, but that doesn’t mean we’ve run out of water…In the background a furniture factory.
Well of course there’s also some roadworthy machinery, like this 2013 Fuso (Mitsubishi) Canter COE flatbed truck. Powered by a 4-cylinder 3.0 liter diesel engine, good for 150 hp. Japanese trucks have become rare here, since Europeans prefer Euro-trucks in all segments nowadays.
Now you’re talking ! A bunch of brutal take-no-prisoners hammering Swedish Vee Eight Scanias. They sound as good as any US muscle car from the sixties, in my opinion. On the other hand, many would call it noise…