Part 7 - From Hardinxveld Giessendam to Brakel
"Niets, dat ik hiervoor ruilen zou"
Hardinxveld Giessendam - Brakel
Today’s few showers didn’t take anything away from the Dutch countryside scenery. We followed the immense rivers, slowly meandering through the flat landscape for centuries.
The water taxi gave us a nice break from walking. From the “Nieuwe Merwede” river, we had excellent views of the fortified towns of Gorinchemem and Woudrichem. Time has stood still in these small towns. Clearly visible in the skyline are the characteristic old towers and walls.
We followed our route to Brakel following the “Afgedamde Maas.” The Dutch changed the main course of the river when the rivers Rhine and Maas were separated in the late 19th century to reduce the risk of flooding. Although the “Afgedamde Maas” still bears the name, it no longer receives water from the Maas.
In Brakel, our destination for today, we discovered that the bus was not driving. We had to add a few miles of walking to the ferry to cross the Merwede river again. We then took the bus to the train station in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, where we had started our journey 7 hours earlier.