BeNeLuxMarch 26, 2007
Biggest part of the experience of traveling in any way, but specially on a bike, is the people you meet.
I’ve been on the road for about a week and its been freezing cold and soaking wet. It could’ve quite easily not have been much fun but;
One day I happily cycled along the LF3 when I ran into a bunch of workmen on a coffee break. So obviously I joined them and had a nice chat and a lovely cup of hot coffee
Next evening I was searching for a campsite but when I found one it was closed , this hadn’t stopped the owners of the campsite the night before from letting me use it anyway, but the lady here was clear that it was absolutely IM-POS-SI-BLE to put my tent there. A little strange since there seemed to be lots of grass and that’s all I really need.
Lucky I then ran into Karin, who is from Apeldoorn too, and Kate, who’s parents moved to New Zealand from Amsterdam when she wasnt born yet. But at 28 she decided to cycle back to the homeland and has lived there ever since… even studied Dutch law!!
They took me home and let me stay in a caravan in the garden and cooked me a lovely meal -which didn’t include pasta..
Across the ‘Ardennen’ the weather was truly shocking! After a good few km across snowy hills I stopped to ask where I could find a cafe and I found a young family from Amsterdam who gave me tomato-soup and coffee and apple pie I stayed for 2 hours to dry up and talked to the lady from the radio who asked me funny questions like if my bum doesn’t hurt (no) and what will I do when I run out of money (I won’t….. or won’t think about it anyway, easy)
This Morning I made porridge with milk that came straight out of a cow! It tasted great, I stayed the night on a farm just outside Luxembourg town.
Now all rain clouds have magically disappeared, the sun shines there is blue sky. If only it be between 20 and 30 degrees till I get to Australia…