August 2013

Indian Creek Countdown

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Preparing to leave for Amsterdam. We are in the Indian Creek Campground in Tecumseh, MI, not too far for from the Detroit Airport.
We are practicing living as we will in Europe, with only the Chromebook and international phone. I am writing this post using Google Docs. We want to have our posts and pictures in folders before we load them up onto our Trails and Greenways website.
We will have our normal Android phones, but they will mostly operate in offline airplane mode.
I am going to upload a few photos just to be sure I can do it from the Chromebook.

Detroit Airport - Ready for liftoff

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After a busy week of preparation, we are finally at the Detroit airport waiting for our plane to Amsterdam. We spent the morning and part of hte afternoon with last minute packing and repacking - trying to trim off a few ounces. Jim has his sawed off toothbrush and Maggie is making do with minimal personal gear and we only have our Chromebook, phones and a bike gps for tech gear. Even so, our bags are heavier than we would like.

Day ONE - The Adventure Begins - Haarlem to Lieden

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De Doelen Hotel LeidenHaarlem Carlton Square Hotel to Leiden Hotel De Doelen Finally we are loaded up and feel the full weight of our packs. Even after our careful culling, we still have too much stuff and the packs are heavy. How to lighten? A problem to ponder before we have any really long days. We had two alternate routes planned - one by the sea along the dunes and another interior route.

Onward to Delft

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Delft Blue Heart8/12 Delft Hotel Grand Canal about 60 euros without breakfast. The ride to Delft was much easier than yesterday. The wind finally dropped and the route was clear mostly a well-marked fietspad along the main canal heading into delft. It is a major navigation canal and we began to see large boats of all types including pleasure yachts.

Oudewater where Maggie proves she's not a witch

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Great nights sleep in our tiny room - we are finally officially over our jet lag. Another good breakfast although the dining room was tiny and since we were late we were right in the traffic flow so a little inconvenient. Cups here are the size one would use at a tea party, so lots of refills of tea needed to get our fill.

Kinderdijk Windmills and Schoonhoven

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After another excellent breakfast at Utrechtsche Dom, we got an early start to see the famous windmills at Kinderdijk. We expected an easy route and good weather - Google and Weather.com don't lie do they? Our first hint that this might not be the case was when the National Bike Route (LR2) took a sharp right into a horse pasture.

Hostel at Bunnik

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We left Schoonhoven early, after a very complete (but again a little uncomfortable) breakfast. This was by far our most expensive night’s stay - 196 euros including last night's dinner and this morning breakfast - about double what we were paying normally. However we are offsetting it in the next couple of days with some bargain bookings.

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