But I am a wimp.
Yesterday, despite a rainy forecast, I decided to finally ride out to Oudewater and visit the Heksenwaag, for my certificate of non-witch status. It seems like an essential thing to do while living here. Now I have an answer for accusations of spell casting, sorcery and talking to cats.
I am not a witch.
Oudewater is not on a train line so public transportation options for getting there are limited. There is a bus from Gouda, Woerden is also nearby.
Or, cycling there from Leiden is just under 25 miles, and weather-willing, a nice ride along the Oude Rijn river.
I followed the route we took to Utrecht last month until the town of NieuwerBrug, where I turned south, away from the river, and followed the bicycle street signs the rest of the way.
Yes, signs for cyclists! I love this place.
The rain started about 5 minutes after I left my apartment and ended just as I was getting to Leiden city limits.
From that point on it was rolling clouds, sleeping ducks, the wind at my back and a clear road with very few fellow cyclists.
On a tangent, I had to google "Why do ducks sleep so much?" when I got home. Also, "How do ducks wake up so quickly?"
The sides of the bike paths were littered with hundreds of sleeping ducks all afternoon. Perplexing.
Molting is the answer, I believe, to the first question. Second, something about sleeping with only a half a brain.
Anyways, more photos.
Here's the Oudewater city hall. They are setting up for a youth bicycle race on the street in front.
Photography is not allowed in the Heksenwaag!
After being weighed, I had a nice snack and prepared to ride back. I planned to get to Gouda and then perhaps take a route through Zoetermeer, past the awesome goat farm (that I've been to 4 times now) to Zoeterwoude and then home. On the way to Gouda, I passed through Hekendorp, which I excitedly and mistakenly thought translated to Witches City. Heken, Heksen. It is almost the same!
At which point, the combination of wind (no longer at my back) directly in my face and tired muscles from practicing riding without hands (I'm getting better at it!) came to haunt me like a sleeping spell cast by an amateur witch...
So I wimped out.
I continued to the Gouda train station where I took the train to Leiden. Overall, the ride was just under 35 miles! I made a little map below. A full circle would be about 50 miles, a good day trip.
Wimp, not witch.