The Oosteschelde deltawerke flood protection

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This is just a part of the huge flood protection scheme the Dutch built to protect the east polders from a catastrophic flood like the one in 1958.  Ria’s uncle Frans lost his leg and several people died during the construction.

Long weekend in Zeeland

Zeelandiabrug

This has to be quite the longest bridge I have ever crossed on a bike.  We are in Oostkapelle for the long 1st November weekend.  Yesterday 20km hike and today 80km road biking.  Zeeland is known for its wind, but we have had no wind, sun and calm seas.

Nostalgia 2011 Annapurna, Nepal

I was going over the old stuff again, reminiscing, and came across the film clip I made during our fateful attempt to ride the Annapurna Circuit in the rainy season.  We crossed landslides, mudslides, rivers and went through waterfalls on the way.  Never a dull moment 🙂

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1100m in one go

 Non stop up to pfundererjoch. Really steep and not always rideable. Nearly killed me. The picture is Andy just before the saddle at 2500m

Hertz car rental

just arrived for a stopover in Calgary to get a mail from Herz telling me they don’t have a car for me!  Brilliant. What should I do ? Walk?

I just deleted their app from my phone to be sure they don’t get my business I the future. Should have bought my bike! 


At least KLM had excellent service on the flight here. Even bike on their goblets 

Trains

train already late so I missed the connection in Utrecht and now the following train is also delayed. I hate train travel

Now there is a car on the line and the train isn’t going to get to Schiphol. Don’t know if I’ll catch my flight at all 😡

Cluny

Just a good hour from my destination for tomorrow morning. Overnight in Cluny in a quaint Hôtel with cheap rooms and expensive food

Photos: Prague to Porec by Tandem

_DSC6553At last I have managed to upload the photos of our summer tandem ride from Prague to Porec following the Benjaminse route.

We did 1,024km; 9,922m and were for  64h01min in the saddle.  Really enjoyed the whole trip with Ria and Ronny I think Slovenia was the most surprising country.  Great scenery, friendly people and really not touristic at all.

Next year we will be parking our tandem and going back to MTB for a TransAlp with a load of our MTB friends from our Saturday group.  Should be goooood 🙂

The place to go out in the Antwerp area

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Duvel 1,50€. Only the company is a bit quieter than elsewhere

Helinox Eureka chair one vs. Thermarest Compack chair

IMG_3101 IMG_3103I bought the Helinox chair one after our trip to Venice in 2013 because a chair was probably the thing I missed most.  I then bought the Thermarest Compack chair because Ria also needs one 🙂

The Helinox plus points:

  • super quality
  • light (<1,00 kg)
  • unbelievably comfortable
  • seat height is good

The Helinox minus points

  • bulky compared to the Thermarest

 

The Thermarest plus points

  • super compact
  • very light (<200g)
  • surprisingly comfortable

The Thermarest minus points

  • you sit on the floor

 

We haven’t actually used either of them yet so I can’t give a winner today.  The both have advantages and disadvantages, weight is always a concern but I want a comfortable chair and the Helinox is more comfortable.

We’ll see which is a winner after our trip from Prague to Porec…..

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