So a few days ago I landed in Iceland.
But not after spending a couple of months in the low countries.
My time in the Netherlands was well spent.
Getting to know my new nieces and nephews was wonderful, and maybe this time there won’t be another 3 years until I see them again.
They might’ve seemed a little wary at first with this weird lady they have to call ‘Tante‘ (Auntie)
The ice melted quickly.
I then took my bike for a spin,
and visited her birthplace, theMulticycle factory in Ulft, where she got a big service.
She’s now as new, and ready for more adventures!
I rode past some iconic Dutch places,
Where I met a young Aussie/Kiwi-couple travelling Europe. I thought I’d showed them around a little and got us lost in no time at all.
Lucky they knew where they were going.
It’s lovely cycling through this windmill-wonderland.
I got a small surprise as cycling along I suddenly came across a huge pipeline over the bicycle path. Of course there would’ve been a way around it, but not one to turn back I decided to climb over a bridge and crawl under the line to continue along the other side.
I discovered ‘we’ are just as friendly as most other nations I rode my bike through. From old men cycling along having a chat to farm ladies inviting me in for coffee and giving me candy for the road.
This was my first Xmas, B’day and New Years “at home” this century (!)
Not all cycling is easy in The Netherlands, here you can get some serious headwinds too.
Particularly riding along the dikes in the flevopolder.
I wanted to go there to visit relatives.
So that I did.
I had dinner with my grandparents,
went cycling with my sisters family,
and stayed over with cycling-colleagues Lars, who had a slightly unfortunate encounter with a river in South America last year and is now missing a leg, and Shane.
I have some great news:
Dutch bicycle clothing- and bag manufacturer AGU has decided to give me some of their gear to try out. So after a 10-year relationship with my tried and tested Ortlieb panniers, I’m going for a brand new shiny pair of AGU Qyoto Panniers. This is actually the first time in my bicycling career that I have brand new bags! And not just that, also shorts, shirts, helmet & shoes…
I’m very excited and my brother-in-law of D&R Fotografie managed to shoot some awesome pictures of me all ready to roll!
My mum and dad came along to Schiphol airport to say goodbye. Again.
Just after leaving this article was printed in my local newspaper, ‘de stentor’
So far Iceland is hilarious. I’ve encountered some awesome hospitality as Simon, who cycled halfway around the world, has given me the use of his apartment while he is away working in Norway: “O and talk about beer, if you have intrest to it is ready for you in the cooler in my apartment”
There’s (almost) nothing left to do but get on my bike and ride.
If only every other person would stop telling me I’m gonna die that would help a lot.
There really is nothing to worry about.
Except the weather….