It is now really spring in the Netherlands, we walk from Limburg to Brabant across the Gennepse heide and Maasduinen. Everything is fresh green, the birds sing the highest spring song and butterflies and other insects can already be seen. Like our previous Pieterpad days, the spring sun is doing its best again, wonderful. We meet Maaike with her new sponsor initiative Van ‘t Padje.
We have a slow start today, the plans and stories we can share with Yvonne keep us busy during and after breakfast. Today is a stage of 18km of which we already did 1 yesterday and we walk to Groeningen, so not all the way to Vierlingsbeek.
The Gennepse heide is beautiful, with water features and beautiful fresh green trees.
Via the German line, a former railway line, we walk deeper into the area.
Baeckenstein is one of the private nature reserves that we cross.
But especially the Maasduinen are well worth the walk.
After the brisk morning walk we have a nice cup of coffee and tea at Anja and Wim from Theetuin de Appelgaard in Afferden.
Here we also come into conversation with Maaike Liebregts who is walking a Pieterpad stage with two friends with sponsorship for the Alzheimer foundation. She just set up a Facebook page for this purpose, a great cause that we are happy to support.
After coffee and a sandwich for lunch, we do some shopping for our dinner in Afferden.
Then we take the ferry to the Brabant bank of the Maas.
High hedges have been planted along the path along the Maas where we enjoy a sheltered walk to Groeningen, the end point for today.
In the B&B “bij Kiepke op stok” we have a wonderfully spacious private room with use of shower and washing machine. We enjoy the peace.