Sunday, June 23, 2019

Fun-on-Wheels Pietertocht

Sunday, 23-June-2019 - Oirschot - Pieter was our guide today.  The route took us along the Wilhelminakanaal (photo). Thirteen skaters, one bicyclist, and one moped rider. We were good for 36 km. pics (45)

gps-tracked route

Friday, June 14, 2019

Air Force 2019

Friday, 14-June-2019 - Volkel Air Base - I road my bike to see all there was to see on the first day of the Luchtmachtdagen 2019. There I met EurofighterTyphoon fighter pilot and narrator of the Spanish Air Force Solo Demonstration, Lt Marcos Delgado.
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Fun-on-Wheels Skating in Eindhoven

Sunday,14-April-2019 - Eindhoven - It froze last night, so I had to dress warm. I met Frans, Mieke, and Maria at the carpool. We loaded up and headed for the Ikea meeting point in Eindhoven. There we met Carlijn, Ria, and Yvonne. The route took us into the center of the city past the Philips Stadion (photo). We were good for 29 km. pics (67).
gps-tracked route

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Blauw-Geel Champions

Sunday, 20-May-2018 - Veghel - My nephew Gilbert (photo) and his team Blauw Geel '38/Jumbo 12 became league soccer champions today when they beat Heeswijk 5 5-1.  They had two more games to play, but they could no longer be touched.  I got to the stadium just before half-time--much too late to see Gilbert's opening goal.  He was substituted at halftime, and he had already showered when the final whistle was blown.  The celebration started right after the trophy was presented to the team captain.  pics (124)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Vat-Oe-Fiets 2018

Thursday, 10-May-2018 - Veghel - In addition to being my son-in-law Aaron's birthday, it's Ascension Day and the 50th Vat-Oe-Fiets (grab your bike) bicycle tour.  It's a tradition in Veghel.  Saw a lot of smiling faces.  Video-chatted with my grandson Logan in Nova Scotia along the way.  He had an important question to ask me.  It was great to be alive and outside today!  This year the route took us through the Maashorst Nature Reserve (photo).  If I hadn't missed a turn, I wouldn't have seen a glider fly overhead and land, and a field worker wave back to me.  Magnificent route, magnificent weather!  Thanks to all the volunteers who made this wonderful day happen.  I was good for 62 km (including getting to and from the starting point, and missing a turn).  pics (174)
gps tracked route

Monday, May 7, 2018

Langenboom Windsurfing

Sunday, 5-May-2018 - Langenboom - Marij said, " Let's go to Langenboom."  So we did.   Wim helped me get my sail rigged.  My wet suit was a little snug.  It took me awhile to get it on.  What a great day on the water!  pics (30)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Last Day Skating at Aa-broeken

Saturday, 3-March-2018 - Veghel - Winter gave us a soft snowy kiss goodbye last night.  After cleaning the driveway, I headed to the Aa-broeken for the last time this season.  I took my show shovel with me to help keep the hockey rink clear.  pics (73)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Aa-broeken Ice Hockey

Friday, 2-March-2018 - Veghel - Arjen and I were happy to see each other on the ice.  He asked me to join in on hockey game.  I told him I couldn't play very well.  He said I could be the goalie.  It was reds against the rest--10 against 10.  We won 4-1.  I made four saves.  I felt 20 years younger!  What a great day on ice!  pics (28)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Junior Aa-broeken Hockey on Thin Ice

Thursday, 01-March-2018 - Veghel - I forgot to dry off my skates yesterday--a terrible sin.  I rubbed the blades with a just cloth and some vaseline.  I didn't want to ruin the edges with a stone or sand paper.  I headed for the Aa-broeken after grocery shopping.  I could see the women's Olympic ice hockey had made an impression on these young players.  Even though another adult broke through the ice today.  The thin ice didn't spoil the chance for these young players to practice their skills and have fun.  (pics 41)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Aa-broeken Pond Not Yet Safe for Skating

Wednesday, 28-February-2018 - Veghel - Jan and I agreed to meet at the Aa-broeken pond around 1100.  As I entered the path to the pond, I met a group of bundled-up childcare toddlers.  They had just been on the ice with their babysitters.  I just had said hi to Mieke H, and I was chatting with Desiree as I was putting on my skates. Just as I was about to go onto the ice, a man fell through directly across from us.  He pulled himself out out of the icy water and made it to the edge.  Desiree walked around the pond with my jacket to keep him warm.  He turned it down and made his way home. Jan I made a few rounds before deciding not to press out luck.  The ice was cracking under my skates, even in the center on the west side of the pond where I expected it to be the thickest.  Green plants under the ice soaked up the sun so it was only about 3-4 cm thick.  After I got off the ice, I walked around the pond with Mieke vE and Jan before heading home myself.  This pond is not safe for skating! pics (27)