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Veluwe - Day 2 : The longest day

Everyone slept well. We had breakfast on the bench in the playground. Because it was still drizzling in the morning we had to postpone packing everything until it had dried. Bram made sure to reemphasize that it would have been easier to bring only one tent.

A little past 10 o'clock the local store opened so we could buy a gas canisters. Afterwards we cycled straight north. In a village we stopped to buy Liga's, the cookies Koen was explicitly told to eat by his mom. It was starting to get ever more cloudy so I made sure to put the rain cover on my backpack. Soon it started to rain and half an hour later it was pouring. In a not completely accidental way we just happened to cycle on a road called "hell" near 'purgatory road'. We took shelter underneath someone's driveway overhang until the rain stopped. There was a steep hill ahead which we had a hard time climbing because we were starving. Fortunately there was a bench were we could eat lunch. I had bought a 39 cent poncho, but it was so bad it fell apart while putting it on. After the hill we came to a hilly area where we had to climb in our smallest gear. It was really pretty there, especially downhill. One time we reached 40 km/h. On the steepest descent Koen tried crossing the road to reach the bicycle path. With 50 kg of gear and bike going at 40 km/h it was a miracle he didn't fall. We passed Nijmegen and continued towards Doetinchem, where we crossed a river by ferry.

Today we already cycled 80 km before reaching Wehl. A map on the edge of the village showed a camping 2 km back, but unfortunately we (read Bram with himself) had decided that we wouldn't back track; ever. A second campsite we found in the middle of the woods didn't seem nice, there was only a shower and literally nothing else. Luckily, we were helped by a man that knew two nearby campsites. The first was only a few kilometers further, but turned out to also be just a field, the second one was another 15 km. By the time we arrived we had cycled 95 km. Koen and Bram already started making jokes about how we should try to reach 100 km, but we still needed to find someone to let us on the campsite. Fortunately the owner was still there. The man said "just find a nice place, you can pay tomorrow". We took a turn and found a nice flat field. Completely tired we pitched our tents and dropped in our chairs to cook dinner. The new gas canister was put in Bram's stove. We were lucky once again, we would be eating fries tonight. "BRAM how many times did I tell you to check your stove?" Koen said in a not very calm way. This would mean we would reach 100 km today after all, because it was another 2.5 km to the closest cafeteria. This evening we were too tired to do anything else, so after showering we quickly went to bed.

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A very long day with a lot of hills. At the end we took a couple wrong turns.

Distance cycled: 100 km