A condensed summary of my progress along the Pieterpad in 2018.
The numbers refer to the stages in the current version of the Pieterpad guide, Parts I and II. The distances are the "official" stage distances in the Guide - in places these differ a little bit from those of the GPS route and/or those given on the Pieterpad website, probably mostly due to rounding errors.
I generally stuck to the stage-points suggested in the Guide for my day-walks, except where there were very short stages:
- I combined stages 1 and 2, walking from Pieterburen to Groningen in one day (total 31km, but it saved doing the long journey to Winsum two extra times)
- I combined stages 12 and 13, walking from Holten to Vorden in one day (total 28km)
- I reduced the four unequal stages between Groesbeek and Venlo (stages 18-21) to three days of about 24km each by shifting the stage-points to Afferden and Meerlo, which turn out to be quite convenient points for buses.
The week of 10-16 June was when I came closest to "proper" long-distance walking, hitting the trail on six days out of seven, and covering about 25% of the route. I was enjoying it, otherwise I wouldn't be doing this!
Between 24/6 and 30/6 I was on a pre-planned walking holiday in Germany, so I had to take a break from the Pieterpad with only five stages to go.
I completed the 13 stages of Part I (238 km, 48% of the route) on 6/6/18.
I completed Part II on 10/7/18, 66 days after starting Part I.
I spent 23 days walking in all, averaging about 22km of the official route per walking day (plus a few extra km I didn't count here and there to link to public transport and to get back to Maastricht at the end of the final stage).
|Guide Part||Stage No.||From||To||Guide length/km||Date last walked||Notes|
|I||1||Pieterburen||Winsum||12||05/05/18||1 and 2 combined|
|I||2||Winsum||Groningen||19||05/05/18||1 and 2 combined|
|I||4||Zuidlaren||Rolde||18||18/05/18||to Assen (=+6km)|
|I||8||Coevorden||Hardenberg||19||26/05/18||out of seq. because of a bus strike|
|I||10||Ommen||Hellendoorn||21||03/06/18||to Nijverdal (=+2km)|
|I||11||Hellendoorn||Holten||16||08/04/18||out of sequence - "prologue"|
|12 & 13 together|
|I||13||Laren||Vorden||13||06/06/18||12 & 13 together|
|II||6||Gennep||Vierlingsbeek||19||15 & 16/06/18||split at Afferden ferry|
|II||7||Vierlingsbeek||Swolgen||22||16 & 22/06/18||split at Meerlo|
|II||9||Venlo||Swalmen||23||02/07/18||(also walked previously on 23/04/17)|
|II||13||Strabeek||St Pietersberg||17||10/07/18||loop back to Maastricht via Kanne (BE)|