Day Before Race

After a good breakfast, we were out the door about 9:30 AM. Wietse took the train to Utrecht and I took Kermit with plan and omelet mim for lunch. Today I learned the Maps App on my iPhone doesn’t work as well as Google Maps. It doesn’t offer an option...

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Shakedown Ride After Assembly

I got Kermit out of the case and put together this morning. There weren’t any parts left over so I’m confident all is as it should be … just kidding. I only had my portable pump so there is no way to know the tire pressure. This is a good...

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Culture Afternoon

This is a beautiful country with breathtaking architecture, a rich historical past and a commitment to preserving their past for generations to come. What we view as historical and culturally important is modern day by comparison. For example, the house I’m staying in as I write is on a canal...

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It Is Kingsday!

Today is a day of celebration for the Royal Family in the Netherlands. Here in Amsterdam it is a massive street party. Music is blasting everywhere. People are openly drinking on the streets. Fleets of barges motor the canals filled with inebriated party goers. In spite of the frequent showers,...

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Flight Day

Drew dropped me at the airport at 6:00 AM for my flight to Boston. Due to the lineups, I missed the departure by 2 minutes. From a cup half full perspective, it gave me time to have a good breakfast. To the credit of Air Canada, they delayed the departure...

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Packing For Travel

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go. I’m standing here outside the door … and so on. I packed Kermit and all my gear in the sport case, weighed it and realized I was way over the limit. I wonder if it costs more to check 2 items...

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Travel Setback

Not all plans come together. Today proved to be a prime example. I turned into a driveway too sharply and hit the curb which blew a hole in the sidewall. At 4:40 PM on a Tuesday, there is nowhere I can find to buy a tire and have it installed....

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Final Configuration

I spent most of today getting Kermit (my bike) ready to travel. Undressed, Kermit weighed in at 11 kg (about 22 lbs). All dressed as shown in the picture, Kermit swelled to 22 kg (about 48 lbs). There is still some tweaking I’ll do before the start of the race...

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Welcome to My RATN Blog

Welcome to site I set up to chronicle my participation in Race Around the Netherlands. I will join 120 riders from all over to ride 1,890 km starting at 8:00 AM on May 1st to the finish line on May 9th at 6:00 PM. That is an average of 210...

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