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To the south of Barendrecht, South Holland province, the Netherlands.
Today's hash was in a forest-like area on the southern edge of Barendrecht. This is a city in its own right, but nowadays it's really just a suburb of Rotterdam. Most of its residents are commuters who tried to escape the crowded and expensive inner areas of the city.
I had decided to go by train, so I took the Sunday morning "Sprinter" service towards Dordrecht. When I got off at Barendrecht station I noticed how incredibly quiet it was. It must be quite crowded on, say, a Monday morning, but early on Sunday the station was deserted. I then went to the bicycle storage facility to get myself a bike from the OV-fiets system, which is the bike sharing/rental service operated by the Dutch Railways. Barendrecht being a small station it had an interesting automated bike dispensing system which I hadn't used before. On large stations there is an attendant who hands you a bike, but here there is a computer which gives you a key which you can then use to unlock one of the bikes.
Having picked up a bike and adjusted the seat I set off towards the hash. I made a quick stop along the way to admire a strange work of art consisting of a convex mirror atop a conical hill. I then continued on towards the forest, which apparently is a special kind of man-made landscape called a griend. Basically, these are old willow plantations which have been given back to nature after the demand for willow dropped in the 1960s. I found the hash, took some pictures and went on my way again.
I claimed the Public Transport Achievement, since I used the train for the bulk of the distance. Also, the bike system is called OV-fiets which literally means public transport bike so I guess it sort of counts as public transport too :-)
| FelixTheCat (talk) earned the Public transport geohash achievement