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Veluwe - Day 4 : Calm day with a tough start

Around 2:30 at night I woke up because I almost died from the smell in the tent. It was super warm and the stench was unbearable. I don't know who could be responsible "cough cough someone who only wore two pairs of socks during the entire trip". I continued sleeping, so all off us got a good night of sleep (we slept from 20:00 to 10:00). 

 

When everyone woke up it was time for breakfast. Yesterday Koen had remarked that today would be Sunday, so most stores would be closed. What he (and also Bram) did not think of was to buy extra food. Upon inspection we found we only had half a kilo of cheese left. Hmm, tasty. Oh and we still had some peanuts. Carefully we took down the tents and got ready to leave. The farmer came by to check in again. When he left all of us wondered what he actually said. I thought he asked if we slept well. Bram, who is used to speaking in a dialect, said the farmer had said it was a good idea to sleep in the backyard. Well, that was close enough.. :)
 

Around 11 o'clock we had already cycled 10 km on an empty stomach. In Apeldoorn Koen bought an ice cream to supplement his breakfast. On a terrace Bram and Koen also ordered a piece of apple pie, while I ordered an expensive sandwich. First I regretted this, because it took an eternity while Bram and Koen were already eating. However, it turned out totally worth the wait. I got a large sandwich with ham, ragout, pineapple, and cheese. They had also put ketchup inside the pineapple pieces. Bram was getting increasingly upset because I was teasing him so much and he was still hungry. At the local cafeteria we also got fries to finish our breakfast. 

Today would be a real day off. We planned to find a campsite close to the Veluwe and rest the entire day. In the town of Beekbergen were 8 campsites. We passed a few that seemed too small and then turned into a 2 km dirt road that went steep uphill towards a nice large campsite. Some annoying girl there said "we don't accept traveling young people", so we could go down again. At the next campsite not Bram and Koen, but Koen and me went inside to ask if there was space. There was plenty, why would that be.. :)


We calmly pitched the tents, bought pancake mix and 3 bars of chocolate, and made pancakes in Stefan's non non-stick pans. That turned out to be a lot of burned pancakes, but they didn't taste bad "and that's what we did at the boy scouts" Bram said. The sun shown the entire afternoon and we ate our chocolate in front of our tents. There were again a bunch of fourteen year old girls at whom Koen couldn't stop staring. When we later went to the pool there were again a lot of them and, not kidding, they also asked if we smoked.

At night we cycled a bit more, because we just couldn't get enough. Fortunately we didn't have to carry our gear. We hoped to see some wildlife in the forest at night. It was really quite there but we didn't see any animals. In total we cycled around 40 km today. Afterwards we had a beer at the campsites' bar where we were the only guests. We went to sleep around 23:00.

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A short route this time. What we cycled in the evening isn't shown because that was only a short trip through the forest.

Distance cycled: 40 km