My son and I were on one of our "random
bike trips". We started out at the
"Brainpark", but other than one steep
cycleable hillside we found nothing exciting. So
we crossed the Van Brienenoord bridge to the
south, enjoying the distant skyline.
was to take a close look at the water tower of
Ridderkerk (or Barendrecht?). It was built in
1912 and has an interesting castle design (BTW:
1912 is not old at all - the adjoining church is
from 1600 or so). And eventually we saw the tower
- but first we made a few interesting
Just behind the bridge we found a
whole district with derelict appartment
buildings. They would be demolished soon - and
some local people tried to help by smashing the
windows and setting fire to a few appartments.
Unfortunately we haven't found the time to
explore them - and they're probably gone by now.
A bit further is the
most drain-like thing in Rotterdam. But you would
need a reubber boat to traverse it. And it's not
long anyway - it only passes under the highway.
also discovered a pool of green slime where alien
heads were slowly growing - surely waiting to
take over the world - but that's another story.
While driving over the topside of this
viaduct we saw a building site and a wide open
gate - actually, no gate at all. We took a closer
look - and we didn't see a "do not
enter" sign. So in we went.
A busy railway site with lots of concrete and
Towards the south were new tunnels with heavy
dangerous train traffic. We didn't go there.
We turned left (North) and
followed this track. On the left- and right side
was a long cable (?) tunnel. You could traverse
it while crouching. The sun shining through the
cracks created interesting lightshows.
Unfortunately the tunnel ended
quite soon in some king of mini-swimming pool.
You could traverse it by climbing the handrail,
but I didn't want to give a bad example to my
son. - In the mean time we were plainly
visible to the many trains that were speeding by
on the parallel tracks.
I love these beautiful temporary structures.
They look like "land art".
ourselves by throwing stones and observing the
splashes. I was amazed at the amount of
plant-life that was colonizing the dry sand.
look down into the tunnel, but there was no easy
access - nothing that I would allow my son to do.
We could only follow the stairs
and pass over the tunnel. Still we had fun
climbing and descending the steep side of the
viaduct. It was harder than it looks here.
On the other side of the viaduct
we saw a wide expanse of railway construction.
interesting, but we were too conspicuous - we
would have to come back in the evening.
A bit further on the new rails were being
used by freight trains. The old tracks had been
blocked end would be demolished soon. We were
looking at both the future and the history of the
Dutch rail network.
From here we went on towards the
water tower. But you've seen it already.