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Cycling Netherlands…

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.

 

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And we’re off…

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.

Our pre-trip rough itinerary; we’ll see how the post-trip compares.

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Camping – backwoods style

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)

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