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Apr 21, 2013 - Dykes, Storm Control and Windmills

The day dawned bright and sunny and remained so all day. We had been promised a cool day and advised to wear all the clothes we brought. For once we were happy to be disappointed! We had breakfast while the ship sailed to a place close to a storm control system, part of the Delta Project, an ambitious development started after a devastating flood in 1953. It took 20 years to complete in 1978. We took a bus to a theme park which showed a film of the development in this area, which was an amazing innovation. It was astounding to see the way...

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Jun 2, 2011 - Zierikzee to Middelberg

Today I was the "sweep" who's job it is to be last in the ride and make sure everyone stays safe. We started out from Zierikzee and rode along the dikes on the edge of the sea although we had to take a bit of a detour because of construction along the dike. The clear highlight of the day was cycling along a nine kilometre bridge thats actually an adjustable dike. It is amazing to see the amount of engineering and hydraulics to ensure that the sea stays at bay. There are several long sections to the bridge with pehaps 20 huge hydraulic dike...

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Jun 1, 2011 - The wind did blow

Wednesday, June, 1st is one we’ll long remember as our most challenging day on the bikes. Up until now our pace of riding has been comfortable and the distances fairly easy—about 50km/day. We seemed to stop at exactly the right moment when my body was ready for a rest. The pace was perfect for me. All that changed today after lunch. Oh my, did it ever change. We rode into the wind, pedaled faster and harder then ever and didn’t stop to rest often enough. It was the first day I was out of breath while riding. It was the first day my poor...

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