Sunday, September 14, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Traveling out in the country. Sometimes it rained!
NavigatingCranking over the bicycle ferry to cross a canal.
At the Kruller-Muller Museum.
Leaving our hotel in Ede. It started raining 5 minutes after this.
Heading out for dinner in Epe. More rain.
A typical sign post showing the numerous bike paths. These are handy when things get confusing.
Riding in the sunshine yesterday!
In Heerenveen on Tuesday. Walking along the canal.
Monday, September 8, 2008
More to come...
Thursday, September 4, 2008
To say that this is a bicycling-based culture is an understatement. Everyone rides bikes here. . .we mean everyone--schoolchildren, pregnant women, businessmen (in their suits), fashion models, folks going to the grocery store, young and old, etc. Every single person we have met here has been friendly and helpful; the Dutch are wonderful! Tomorrow we get on our bikes and pedal toward Ede on the first leg of our tour. Safely getting out of this bustling city with fully-loaded bicycles will certainly be an adventure!
We have attempted to use the "Spot" GPS device & we hope that it is working. We will turn it on as we leave in the morning.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
For those of you who have never heard of the Ritchey BreakAway line of bicycles, here's a brief overview of why they are so incredible.
The frame actually breaks into 2 pieces that allow the traveling cyclist to pack his/her entire bike (including both wheels, seat, etc.) into a 26"X26"X10" case. The bike is a normal bike with 2 frame unions that are ingenious! The first picture shows what the top frame union looks like (basically the seatpost acts as the stress-bearing member & the two frame pieces-- 1 grey & 1 orange-- are secured to the seatpost using pinchbolts).
The second picture shows the bottom frame union (it is secured by the black split-clamp immediately above the bottom-bracket on the downtube).
If you are an avid cyclist & want to take a top-shelf bike with you on your travels, take a look at the Ritchey BreakAway series! We chose the steel Cyclo-Cross model because it was the best frame for carrying panniers & able to withstand the stresses of loaded touring. The cyclo-cross model also allows you to use fatter 700c tires that make you more stable when navigating rough roads. I (Jonathan) have already logged more that 2600 kms this year on mine, and I love it! It rides just like a normal bike, and in a 60cm frame size weighs in at just 21 pounds! Not too shabby for a bike that fits in airline regulation luggage. Check 'em out at: http://www.ritcheylogic.com