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 mentioned that today would be a 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 and some peanuts. Hmm, tasty... Carefully we took down the tents and prepared to leave. The farmer came by to check in again. When he left Koen and I wondered what he had 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 to prepare 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 and he was still hungry. At the local cafeteria we got fries to supplement 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 larger campsite. Some annoying girl there said "we don't accept traveling young people", so we could cycling back down again. At the next campsite not Bram and Koen, but Koen and me went inside to ask if there was space. This time there was plenty, I wonder why would that be... :)
We pitched the tents, bought pancake mix and 3 bars of chocolate, and made pancakes in Stefan's non non-stick pans. That turned into a lot of burned pancakes. However, they didn't taste bad and "that's what we did at the boy scouts" Bram said. The sun shined the entire afternoon as we ate our chocolate in front of our tents. There were again a bunch girls at whom Koen couldn't stop staring. When we later went to the local pool there were again many of them and, not kidding, these also asked if we smoked.
At night we cycled some 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 this day. Afterwards we had a beer at the campsite's bar where we were the only guests. We went to bed around 23:00.
A short route this time. What we cycled in the evening is not shown because that was only a short trip through the forest.
Distance cycled: 40 km