Finally an update again! After having my motorcycle torn apart for weeks, it was good to have a proper ride again.
I had some issues with my clutch and incoming shaft of my gearbox. We had to remove everything, essentially only leaving the engine in its place.
So, town centers. It was a sunny sunday afternoon, and I was still recovering from some nights with little sleep, but there was also this anticipation of getting on the road again. There were some town centers nearby that I hadn’t visited before: Rijnwaarden, Doesburg, Didam, Zevenaar, and Duiven.
Since Rijnwaarden is difficult to reach, being in a corner between the river Waal and the German border, it seemed like a huge detour. And to avoid having to ride back and forth on the same route, I decided to visit the municipality Doesburg first.
Doesburg is one of the 16 hanseatic towns in the IJssel and South Sea area and later became part of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. Initially the place is called Duisburg, as the German city which is still known as such. The town center of Doesburg is apparently famous, or to say, the part of the town center depicted on the right of the picture is famous, most notably for its impressive wine stock. But there were people all over the place enjoying the weather and looking at me funny, so I took a picture of the current entrance.
Then I went of to Lobith, where the town hall of Rijnwaarden is located. On the way I already saw directions to all other municipalities I was to visit. But I stuck to my plan
Because of the responsibilities municipalities will have to bear the first of January 2015, there is a lot of discussion about a possible fusion. For Rijnwaarden this is no different. The political parties are looking at the possibilities of a fusion with Rijnwaarden, Zevenaar, Duiven, and Westervoort. One party (PvdA) wants to include Didam as well, however, that city is currently part of another municipality (Montferland). This soap is going to be continued.
Next stop, Zevenaar. Not much to say about this town.
Now a town of which I rarely visit the centre, but only get to the peripheral commercial zone, since the nearest IKEA is located there. Duiven used to be a small and quiet town, until the board of province decided that it needed to grow, as to accommodate commuters for larger cities as Arnhem and Velp. Now, it is known as a sleeping municipality because everyone leaves to work in the morning, and returns in the evening.
I also returned home in the evening, but fortunately not to Duiven.
km total: 3169
done: 4 (90)
to do: 325