The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

One big world, 2 bikes, 6 grandchildren many postcards…

‘Netherlands’

RvN by Half The Finish

We couldn’t say it was a stunning end to our cycle ride around The Netherlands, but it was warm, and the paths brilliant as usual. Gouda was an absolute delight though. If you love cheese, you’ll love this town. We forgot to add the photographs of the incredible castle yesterday at De Haar. Very Bavarian… Read More

RvN Cycle by Half 2

We have decided to cut short our Ronde van Nederland cycle tour by half. From Holten, we could have taken the RvN East to Enschede and the German border. Instead, we detoured to Zutphen for an emotional meeting with friends that we haven’t seen for 12 years. It was a cold, windy ride through lovely… Read More

RvN Cycling by Half 1

It’s been over a week since we last posted and yet we’ve lost track of the days with not bothering about the internet. After Groningen, we took a few rest days and decided that the whole of the Ronde van Nederland can wait. This is partly due to our usual slow progress and that we… Read More

Slowly

What a great chill out weekend in Groningen! We shared some special moments with Sean and his guitar. It really is a vibrant city. So, now we are in a relaxing mode, it was only a short 20km ride today to our camping spot at De Vledders, Dennenoord. Despite the wind, the trip was brilliant… Read More

Wind!!

Now we are not the moaning types, but days 5, 6 & 7 of our Ronde van Nederland cycle trip has certainly tested our patience. The prevailing wind is supposed to be SW, why are we battling an Easterly? From our campsite in De Haukes, it was 10km to the long dyke. 30 km of… Read More

Dunes Dykes & Tulips

On day 3, we left Loetje’s after a hearty breakfast, and then through Bloemendaal back to the forest path towards Santport. At IJmuiden, we took a short ferry across the port canal, dominated by a huge Tata Steel plant. Once past the industrial zone, we were back to the all to familiar sand dune territory.… Read More

Sand Dunes & Cycling

Day 2 of our Ronde van Nederland cycle trip took us from The Hague, back to the coast, then north through Sand Dune country. We thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay in The Hague. A very lively city. Great architecture and a wonderful outdoor scene. We were fortunate that it was a sunny Sunday. Needless to… Read More

Land of Bicycles

We are on our way on the Ronde van Nederland! What a great way to start. The Abellio train out of Liverpool Street Station was smooth as silk. A big cycle carriage catering for at least 6 bikes and really helpful staff. At Manningtree, we had to change for Harwich. The platform manager held up… Read More

Ronde van Nederland Cycle

As we prepare to set off on our latest cycling adventure, I have to admit that I’m a bag of nerves. This is not because we’re daunted by the prospect of a 1300km trip around Holland via the Ronde van Nederland. Far from it. We expect a trouble free gentle ride, weather permitting, along cycle… Read More