Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Going to where they make Olympic Medals....

Jan told us that we were traveling to where the Netherlands made Olympic medals. Not the actual medals, but where they trained their skaters to win medals!

Started off with the weather a bit cool maybe 72 degrees or so through mostly through rural roads and bike paths. At a bit over 20 km (12 miles) we entered the town of Heerenveen and pulled into the skating center called, "Thiaf". The arena is huge and we arrived in the middle of short track skating practice. There is no way that television can convey the speed and precision of these skaters as they zipped round the oval. I just hope that some of my photos and capture at least a small fraction of the awe that we experienced watching the skaters zip by just a couple of yards away.

The next stop was just 'round the corner at a golf course for some coffee. I think I have some photos of us relaxing under the umbrellas with our coffee.

Lunch was at 56 kms in a shady park where we had sandwiches, drinks, yogurt and fruit.  All very healthy to get us back on the road.

A second highlight for the day was a radio telescope a the "ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy" where a parabolic dish was just off the bike path.

Dwingeloo Telescope

From here it was a quick 12 km (7.5 miles) to the hotel. I've showered and dragged all my internet equipment to the bar to upload the photos and GPS recordings since the wi-fi is pretty weak. The owner has informed me that tonight we're having BBQ with all the fixings.

Looking forward to another great day on bike.

Link to Photos

Happy Biking,

Brian Cox

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