Tuesday 14th June 2016
Praise where praise is due. The staff on P&O were most helpful when they learned of my chemical sensitivity problem and whisked us through to the restaurant without having to wait in the queue outside of their perfume shop. I was so delighted by this and on leaving the ship asked if we could disembark before the cars and they did this for us.
There was a slight technical hitch so we got off the ferry at about 9.00am and headed towards Oostvoorne and then on through the dunes to Rockanje. This is a lovely old, typically Dutch town. Light rain had been falling and we had on lightweight tops but a sudden very heavy downpour left us soaked to the skin. We crossed a bridge, the Haringsvlietsluizen , in this rain an then sheltered under a bridge near Havenhoofed. As there was no one about, laughing fit to burst, we stripped off our soaked clothes and redressed putting on heavier waterproofs. That did the trick, the sun started to break through the clouds and the rain eased off.
A short while later , after passing Oostdijk, we got a seat and the sun really came out. We spread out our wet clothes to dry off a bit and enjoyed the sun. I then put my wet top back on and put the pertex top on and this helped to dry it out quickly. We carried on riding through duneland and then came to another one of the storm surge defences that the Dutch have built to protect their lands.
Crossing the Brouwersdam, we had a very strong headwind. On the North sea side, there were people wiping along on kite surfers and wind surfers and on the opposite side on the Grevelingen Meer side only wind surfing. Once we actually got across the dam, the wind wasn’t so bad and we came to a campsite right on our route the LF1a.
We got a nice sheltered pitch on Camping International Renesse at a cost of 15 E. I ended up having a cold shower as I didn’t realise that a 3inch metal disc was a sensor to press for hot water. At least I could tell DH what to do.