Jacob van Lennep route, Part 35 (Utrecht - Gorinchem from April 1 to September 31)

Cycling in Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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59.8 km
03:31 h
1054 kcal
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This route is one of the 42 stages of the Jacob van Lennep experience tour. A tour that was inspired by the journey that Van Lennep made through the Netherlands in 1823 with his fellow student Van Hogendorp. Click here for an overview of all stages.

not happy
On Saturday morning, August 16, Van Lennep goes straight to the post office. He finds nine letters there:"Reading them cheered me up.\\\" Later that day, Van Lennep and Van Hogendorp visit many acquaintances."We were constantly sent from one to the other\\\", writes Van Lennep, who clearly does not feel happy.

Utrecht is flourishing
On Sunday mornings, the young men skip mass. They spend their time writing letters. They also explore the part of Utrecht within the city walls. The city center makes a gloomy and melancholy impression on Van Lennep. Still, according to him, the city is flourishing at that time like no other in the Netherlands. He mentions the flourishing university, the large garrison and the court of appeal as causes.

thief dike
The next day, Van Lennep and Van Hogendorp pay a"disgracefully expensive bill\\\" to the innkeeper and take the barge. Not towards the west, but remarkably enough southwards to Vianen. In the eighth TV episode, Geert Mak expresses the suspicion that the young men probably wanted to stop their journey, but continue it at the urgent request of father Van Hogendorp. In the Vijfheerenlanden they turn right at Everdingen onto the Diesdijk. This is probably the medieval Diefdijk that was fortified in 1824, so that it could be integrated into the New Dutch Waterline. Van Lennep doesn't like Asperen:"It looks miserably dilapidated.\\\" And that while the rich farmers bred horses here, for which even buyers came from Paris. After another expensive overnight stay (this time in Leerdam) they walk to Gorinchem.

There are two ferries on this route. From November 1 to March 31, the pedestrian bicycle ferry Vrevia does not run on Sundays.
The Carolinge bicycle and pedestrian ferry does not operate between October 1 and April 1. From junction 37 you drive directly to junction 39.

Floor Resources
-Jakob van Lennep," The summer of 1823": part 3, chapter 4.
-Geert Mak, The summer of 1823 as a television series : episode 9.
-Maya Schepers, The summer of 1823 as a radio series : episode 8.
Railway station Bicycle cafe Restaurant Nice walkers Place of interest Foot and bicycle springs Castle Tourist landmark

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# Description Distance
utrecht centraal (Stationshal, 3511CB, Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
31 (Oudegracht, 3511AV, Utrecht, Utrecht, Nederland) 0.92 km
38 (Gansstraat, 3582CV, Utrecht, Utrecht, Nederland) 3.04 km
37 (Koningsweg, 3582TZ, Utrecht, Utrecht, Nederland) 4.09 km
34 (Inundatiekanaal (NHW), 3524WX, Utrecht, Utrecht, Nederland) 6.12 km
33 (Ravensewetering, 3439ZZ, Nieuwegein, Utrecht, Nederland) 7.83 km

Place name directory

  • Utrecht, Utrecht
  • Nieuwegein, Utrecht
  • Vijfheerenlanden, Utrecht
  • Vianen, Utrecht
  • Everdingen, Utrecht
  • Diefdijk, Zuid-Holland
  • West Betuwe, Gelderland
  • Asperen, Gelderland
  • Leerdam, Utrecht
  • Arkel, Zuid-Holland
  • Molenlanden, Zuid-Holland
  • Gorinchem, Zuid-Holland
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