I never thought going on a camping-trip would be a big deal.
Yet here I am, working 3 days to get ready for just an overnighter.
It’s just a little different now. Where I use to be an unorganised mess, now I’m an unorganised mess with a baby.
Not blaming the baby!
But it does take me a fair while to get ready and hit the road.
And once I do, I carry enough gear to not turn around at the end of that road, to just keep on going.
Very tempting I tell ye!
But right now I can not.
I’m in a different world alright. And if I wasn’t too tired/busy to notice I might have had trouble adjusting.
As it is, all I wanted to do, was take Tara camping.
Especially after seeing a few people come through living the life…
So one weekend in March, it seemed as good as any other,
I loaded all the gear on the bicycle and realised it has been over a year (!!!) since I’ve slept in my own tent.
Crazy I know.
So we headed off up the road, lucky all around my hometown is lovely bicycle-riding territory.
It’s called; “the Netherlands”
Sure, if you’re looking for spectacular Mountains and wide open spaces, maybe not quite the place to be,
Here’s a wide open space.
And here’s a hill,of sorts.
Anyways, if you haven’t had a lot of excercise lately,
or if you’re a baby and you don’t want to sit in the trailer for hours on end,
this is a pretty good place.
It started a little wet and grey.
But we were treated to a few rays of sunshine on the first day!And we were not alone!
By the time we got to the campground and installed ourselves, a few other ladies were arriving too.
And not just any old lady, with a combined mileage of around 150.000km no one is too new to bicycle touring here.
Super handy this Facebook-stuff! And great to catch up with some like-minded souls.
We all managed to set up camp, and were lucky enough to have a kitchen available as the downpour started not long after..
(And that, by the way, is a tip. If you ever find yourself cycling in the Netherlands there’s 133 “Nature-campgrounds” that are probably as close to Nature as you will get while still having a hot shower and, in this case, an indoor kitchen!)
And down it poured.
What a noise!
It is so great to be in a tent, knowing you’re gonna get through the night dry, and enjoy the sounds of rain.
Tara loved it.
Or well, at least she slept. So I just assume it wasn’t bothering her.
And the rain was perfect. It had stopped in the morning when it was time to pack up,
and we all headed off in different directions again.
My direction was over the Hoge Veluwe -National Park.
And the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.It was sunny with a slight breeze,
Maybe a little chilly if you’re sitting still for a long time. But I did not do that (…)
We even found a hut to have a picnic!It’s very handy, this Burley-trailer.
Not just for cycling,
(..in fact if your child is under 1 year old, especially not for cycling… I’ve been told..)
But for walking!
It’s so light you can push it with one finger and you can carry a whole bunch of gear that you might need while going for a walk.
Or you can bring a friend.
It even fits across the bridge.
I’m enjoying this time here.
Spring is slowly starting to show
And there is enough to see & do around here for the time being…
And Tara is having a ball.