Day 8

After waking up in the Caravan thinking I would have been better off sleeping outside and taking my chances I get on the bike and start cycling towards Arnhem. I am trying a new approach in that instead of making a city the end point for the day and all the stress which that entails, as you arrived exhausted, disorientated with the light starting to go down.. I try to stop off for lunch then camp on the other side.

The other side worked better than I could have imagined. I stopped at a random persons house to ask for water and if they knew of anywhere to camp. I was given a photocopy of a local map and I went off to find a camp site that was marked about 5 miles away on the map. Getting to the location I could see nothing until after asking around I found it was a local family who would allow people to put tents up in their garden.

The couple invited me into their home where I ate dinner with the three young boys that they are looking after and shared a wonderful meal. After feeding the kids kendal mint cake which in hindsight was probably not the best idea.. I played bow and arrow’s with the kids and after nearly having an arrow through my tent I was then taken on a tour to see the farm’s many cats.

The dutch couple admantely refused to take any money for either the camping or the meal so I ended up doing the dishes as a way of saying thankyou. If you want your faith in humanity restored and any misanthropic ideas quashed then get on a bicycle and go ride through the middle of nowhere.

I was waved off in the morning and at this point I realised that my camera has seen more water than it likes and has decided to die, so apologies from this point onwards that there are no photos.

One Response to “Day 8”

  1. Heleen says:

    Do i see correctly and did you actually pass through Veenendaal? Don’t get me wrong, nothing special, but it is my hometown and you could’ve stayed in a nice warm bed instead.

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