This is a short video of our recent cycling trip through the southern part of the Netherlands. We had a great time, rode about 1400 km (which is very easy to do there!) and enjoyed meeting people. We camped most of the way with a few different B&B stops along the road. If you like biking, I highly recommend a trip to the Netherlands. Contact me FMI.
This is a video made at my nephew’s birthday party. There is a quite a bit of dodgeball footage so fast-forward it if you like. Enjoy!
Well, we’re back! Our trip to the Netherlands was superb; mostly good weather, great people, interesting sites and amazing cycling. We did a lot of tenting at various campsites and had a few nights at some very nice B&Bs around the country. With the exception of the last three nights, typically we did 3-4 nights camping and then one a night in a B&B. Our route was similar to our pre-trip map but we didn’t make it to the North-East at all – next time! The distances are tiny but we didn’t want to stretch ourselves too far and we wanted to really experience places and people, not spend all our time on a bike seat!
Cycling infrastructure in the Netherlands is the best in the world. Often times, we would do a 50km ride and 47km would be on dedicated cycle paths. In the towns, roundabouts and traffic lights were specific to bicycles. We’re so far behind in Canada.
Overall, it was a great trip. I did learn a few things:
- Most bike shops in the Netherlands have an outdoor air hose; take every opportunity to use it.
- Don’t pass up an opportunity to use a toilet or fill a water-bottle.
- With the exception of the coast areas, the wind was never as bad as everyone warned us.
- The LF routes (national cycle routes or fietspads) are fantastic but circuitous; distance between two points was typically at least 50% greater than the same route via car. Take this into your calculations when ride planning!
- Camping is a great way to get around; lots of sites, most of them with excellent shower facilities.
- Pack light; our travel mantra but one which bears repeating.
- Have fun, laugh and realize that the worst situation we were in was about 1% of what some people suffer. This made the rainy rides and soggy camping a lot more tolerable!
I would highly recommend a cycling trip to the Netherlands. The cycling infrastructure is amazing and the scenery and people wonderful. I hope to have my movie made in the next few days and will post it when complete.
By the time you read this, we’ll be somewhere on a bike path en route to a seaside town named Noordvijk aan Zee. We’re going to stay in a B&B for the first night of our trip, just to get our bearings and have a chance to visit a grocery store and so on. Most other nights we’ll be camping; either in campsites, using the Paalkamperen sites or even trying ‘stealth camping’. I laughed when I first read about stealth camping. Unlike here, in the Netherlands, it is illegal to just camp in the wild. So a movement has developed where people find a quiet piece of forest or field and set up camp – stealth camping. One site I reviewed warned about the hazards of such camping which included badgers stealing food or being awoken before dawn by songbirds. Yikes!
The yellow line in the map below is the approximate border of the Netherlands. Coincidentally, I learned that it is actually incorrect to refer to this country as Holland as Holland (North and South) is a province in the Netherlands. It would be akin to calling the United Kingdom England I suppose. The orange line in the map is a very rough route of how our trip might pan out, counter-clockwise from Amsterdam. As we have no fixed plan, it will be interesting to see what really happens. My main goal is to enjoy the countryside, the people and the food of the Netherlands. I’d like to visit the Heineken Experience, some museums and tour some of the Liberation Route. We might try to visit the Kinderdijk area, Zaanse Schans and perhaps Palais Het Loo. Who knows! Stay tuned for updates.
Our pre-trip rough itinerary; we’ll see how the post-trip compares.
Well, we had a successful first camping trip with my niece, Charlotte, and my nephew, Oliver. It was their first time off the grid and they did very well, despite Oliver not liking dirt on his feet (he soon got somewhat used to it!!). We spent a couple days in the first bit of the Sayward Lakes Loop which is a great spot to kayak or canoe. This was a short test trip and the kids passed with flying colours; they are game to go again and do a bigger trip! Enjoy the video! (To get the best resolution, make sure you select 1080HD from the cog at the bottom of the youTube window)
I just returned from my annual fishing trip to the West Coast all stocked up with salmon, halibut, rockers and cod. Thanks to my friend Captain Bud for taking me and my friends. Enjoy my video!
(PS..when you go to youtube and start the video, make sure you click the settings button in the bottom right (looks like a cog) and set your video to 1080 HD in order to get the good quality)
So part of my time thus far has been spent collecting names of reputable contractors, builders and service providers. Thus far, we’ve met with three builders, two interior designers, an alternate energy dude and an HVAC company. Tom and I visited the CVRD to discuss plans, zoning and environmental concerns. I’ve discussed grey water systems and had a fairly positive review of alternate septic options with VIHA/Island Health. Thus far, I have to say that most people I’ve (we’ve) dealt with have been great and it is making the decision making process difficult. I’m sure we’ll have dozens of meetings over the coming weeks and months but I think putting the time in to assemble a tight team is worth it.
Does anyone recommend local trades, suppliers, service providers and the like? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Onward we roll…
A couple months ago, Josée and I joined a few friends for a quick jaunt to Sedona, a town in Northern Arizona. We were going mountain biking in the famously beautiful red rock desert – hence, shred the red. It was an amazing trip, full of great trails and lots of fun with our friends. We will definitely go back. The video below is a compilation of a bunch of my videos from various trails. If you’re a biker, you might watch the whole video – if you’re not, feel free to skip through it! Enjoy!
My recent trip to Tofino – great times, great friends! Enjoy!
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