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Vennbahn 2015 with our grandson Arne

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Picture story of our latest cycle trip in Switzerland.(2014)

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Couchsurfer Joshua Simpson from the UK.

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A few weeks ago an article in the Couch Surf Group from Bruges,  got my attention: a  young performing artist was looking for a place to surf sometimes around the beginning of March. The guy was planning a trip with his tricycle from the UK to Berlin in Germany. In Berlin he would be joining a group of artists going off for a tour in eastern europe. You can read about them on their site: http://www.2wheels4change.com/. As you will see they are all on different kinds of custom-made bicycles.

I contacted him and we came to an agreement.

So last thursday after his first week of cycling he arrived at our place.

Josh told us he had some trouble with the wheels feeling lose and wobbly since the last few days.

In the evening, Chris looked up some tricycle mechanics on the internet, hoping to be able to fix the problem on friday.

Of course Chris was curious about cycling this tricycle, and he had a test ride after trying to fix the wheel problem.

Josh had a test ride too, and was very pleased with the result and now knowing what to do if the problem occurred again.

We spend a good time together, talking about cycling, traveling, being organised or not, world changing ideas like : ” a beautiful day-day ” or building a cycle able to row on the water…

And than this morning we accompanied Josh towards the Canal Ostend Gent, which would bring him easily on quit roads to his next pit stop Gent.

Maybe Josh should do a little effort to be a bit more organised:  he forgot his sketchbook and case at our home …

So we sprinted back home while he was waiting for us. We than went back to the canal with the car to deliver his sketchbook.

Anyway I think Josh is a great guy, and I admire his courage and willingness to do what he is doing.

Have a good trip !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can follow Josh’ adventures on his personal blog:

http://wildgooseartventures.blogspot.com/

 

 

Happy Birthday !!

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In 2007 I did a cycletrip in France with one of my cyclebuddies , Ivan . We met some of his best friends to have a canoe trip together. I immediately felt home in this group of friends, which lead to a second canoe trip with them in 2008. Since then we didn’t see eachother again, but try to keep in touch somehow.

Last week my cyclefriend had his 50th birthday and his friends decided to organize a surprise gathering, where I was invited too. It was good to meet again and even to meet some other friends of Ivan, we had a nice evening with lots of laughter.

The theme of Ivan’s birthday present was CUBA , which inspired me for painting this birthday card  for him. He seamed rather pleased with it. 🙂

Cycling with grandchildren.

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For the first time we went for a ride with my youngest daughters two girls .

We cycled 30 km along the river Leie near their place Wervik.

Could we have a small cycle vacation next summer ?? this would sure be nice.

Mi Camino 2011 : Gracias San Jacobo :-))))

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Its been almost a month now since I’m back home after cycling from Santiago de Compostela in Spain to Lourdes in France over 1035 km.

You can find the picture story about the trip if you click on the right side on ” my picture stories”  between the tags.

Also a small resume about the trip in Dutch on my dutch site, which you can find among my links. (lucienne’s webstekske)

It was my first time in Spain  and I admit: I fell in love with the country and its people. Maybe the special atmosphere between pilgrims and local people has much to do with it, I don’t know if cycling other parts of Spain would give the same impression.

Anyway, I would love to do it again and this time in the right direction. I’m also thinking about the Camino del Norte, because this one seems to be the most beautiful with the sea and the mountains all  catched in one panorama the Costa Verde.

Before this trip I was afraid about climbing real mountains  and for too much heat. Now that I feel confident about this too, a whole lot of new possibilities are opening for traveling and this feels comforting. I don’t have a clue what our next cycle trip will be, but I’m not going to avoid mountains and hot countries anymore that’s for sure.

So in a way , My Camino opened my eyes…

Cycling around the Lake of Konstanz (Bodensee) and week in Austria (Heiterwang).

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