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Aug 17, 2017 - Xanten to Zutphen

Thursday, August 17 Xanten to Zutphen 5 hrs 2 mins 95.2 kms It was another damp night from the ground up. I spread my tent fly out hoping that it might dry up a bit before I squeeze into a roll. I head to the washrooms to leave some more German bread behind. The sky is cloudy. It looks like rain for the day. Three days ago, after a warm sunny day in Koln, I had sent a message to Cor about maybe extending my tour for a day. I wanted him to plot a route from Xantem to the west about 80 kms and follow that with a return to Zutphen on Friday...

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Aug 1, 2017 - Giethoorn to Zutphen

Tuesday, August 1 Geithoorn to Zutphen 5 hrs 11 min 94.3 km The sun did not bake me in the morning as it had done in the previous campground. It was not as cold as last night so no skin off my nose. There was no one stirring in my area so I snoozed for another twenty minutes. When I got out of my tent I was surprised by the number of tents that had popped up after I had gone to bed. The campground mainly catered to tourists who wanted a solid structure to stay in. It did have a small grassy area for tenters. Walkers, canoe people as well...

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Jul 28, 2017 - Hill Riding in the Netherlands

Friday, July 28 Today was to have been the start of Cor and I heading off for Budapest. We would cycle from Zutphen to the Rhine. Follow the river to Mainz, then follow the Main river east before going overland to Prague. South of Prague was Vienna and along the Danube we would end up in Budapest. A train ride would take us back home. Wasn't going to happen. A friend of Cor and his wife Marsha, showed up the previous evening. He too was a touring cyclist. While Cor was resting, Peter and I talked about cycling. We talked about whether Cor...

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Jul 27, 2017 - Getting to know the Knooppunt

Thursday, July 27 Getting to Know the Knooppunt. Thursday turns out to be a gray day. There are some moments of sun, a few drops of rain and the pain that Cor might not be riding along with me. The ride from yesterday is biting big time on Cor. For much of the day he clung to the determination to go for another ride today. Reality won out. Late in the day Cor cut me loose and sent me to ride through the countryside on my own. It is easy to ride in Holland. There are bike paths everywhere; trails come in a variety of styles. From hardback...

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Jul 26, 2017 - A Moment of Truth

Wednesday, July 26 A Moment of Truth There is eight hours time difference between Zutphen and Calgary. It doesn’t take me long to settle into a new routine. I have slept through the night; morning breakfast is at midnight MDT. Cor goes to his physio and hopes for good news on being able and ready to start our tour on Friday. There is no magic or laying on of the hands. We will go for a test ride in the afternoon and make some decisions from there. Our decision turned out to be to delay leaving until Monday. We had gone out for our ride...

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Jul 24, 2017 - Leaving Town

Leaving Town My flight to Amsterdam did not leave till 6:20 in the evening. What to do? Go for a bike ride. So I did a quick ride around the Glenmore Reservoir. It was a nice start to the day. It wouldn’t stay that way. After lunch I decided to go Campers Village to get a “nice to have but really not necessary camping tool”. On the way back home a police vehicle, speeding in the centre lane on Macleod Trail, jammed on his brakes as he was about to pass me. He then followed me onto Heritage Drive and turned the siren on. He had spotted that...

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Jul 23, 2017 - Some Changes Are Coming

The Trouble With Delaying Things Till Later I got an email from Cor Provoost the other day. It was hilarious. All day I would reflect on this message and chuckle. Cor, my guide to riding around Europe had developed back problems. His participation in Riding Around Europe was questionable. And I laughed at this? At the start of this year I had considerable pain in my legs from spinal movement in the lumbar region. I wondered whether I would be able to ride the Europe trip that Cor and I had been planning. I held off letting him know what...

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Jul 22, 2017 - Riding around Europe

Riding Around Europe Over thirty years ago I first envisioned myself riding bicycle around Europe. It came about shortly after I had finished a ride from Ottawa to the tip of Cape Cod and back. That was in 1985. Close to the end of a long ride and for a few days after there is an appraisal of what you are doing/done which leads one to say “never again”. It doesn’t last long. After three days of sitting at home one starts looking at the horizon again and wondering what is out there. The idea of riding around Europe thus came about. I...

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Jul 4, 2008 - Zutphen, the Netherlands

We have come to Zutphen to visit our friends, Antoine and Machteld, whom we met while hiking the Annapurna circuit in Nepal. Kyla often credits Antoine with making it over the pass as when she woke up on pass day with some incredible food poisioning signs, he convinced her it was just nerves and to continue on. He warned,"only turn back if you puke with more than 2 hours to the pass". Words to live by? We met up on Friday afternoon and were treated to a typical Dutch lunch and a quick tour of downtown Zutphen. That evening we were in luck...

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