Thursday, April 30, 2009

Queen's Holiday

Thursday, 30-April-2009 - Veghel/Apeldoorn - What started out to be a holiday to be remembered, turned out to become a tragedy we'll never forget.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

With a Little Help from Friends

Wednesday, 29-April-2009 - Veghel - Chris asked me to meet a repairman sent to fix trim on his apartment. I saw that painting had begon. Rosan came to do somemore masking. Repairman Victor (shown here) came around 1130. The address wasn't yet on his navigation system. He removed panels for replacement, and he also gave me tips on how to mount a TV on the hollow wall. I met Rob on the way out. He came to paint. I came back with a vacuum cleaner. The radio was turned on to a good station. Later that evening, I returned once more with Marij. Richard was busy to hanging wallpaper. Roy also came over to see how it was going. Chris and Claudia were getting closer to moving in...with a little help from friends.
dutch radio music to work by

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Erp on Wheels

Sunday, 26-Apr-2009 - Erp - The Fun-on-Wheels tour today was called "Erp op Rolletjes" (Erp on Wheels). These are Bart's wheels that are shown here. It rained a little last night, and it was cloudy; but the radar showed that oncoming showers would skirt around us. We had 16 skaters escorted by a bicyclist and a moped rider--good for 36 km.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Apartment with a View

Wednesday, 22-Apr-2009 - Veghel - Just got a tour of Chris and Claudia's new appartment. This is their view.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Boekel Tuesday

Tuesday, 21-April-2009 - Boekel - The weather was again great for skating. Today, I rode my bike to Boekel.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Skating Borderline Mix Around Grave

Sunday, 19-Apr-2009 - Grave - Wonderful sunny weather. Great fun-on-wheels skating.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Skating Calendar Photo

Saturday, 18-April-2009 - Veghel - Mieke and four men headed in the direction of Dinther. Took a picture of John for a Skating Calendar at his work. Along the way, we stopped at the recently restored Kilsdonkse windmill. We got back early, but had a good workout--about 15 km.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Vinyl Floor Covering for Bedroom

Wednesday, 15-April-2009 - Veghel - Tapijtcentrum Nederland came today and laid vinyl floor covering in our bedroom. It took about 20 minutes, but prior to their coming we needed couple of days to move every thing out. After the vinyl floor covering was in, I put the floor boards back in place.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

First Boekel Tuesday Evening Skate

Tuesday, 14-April-2009 - Boekel - We had a great turnout and great weather for the first Tuesday Evening Skate in Boekel organized by the Boekel Skate and Skeeler Group. Thirty-six men and women, including eight Fun on Wheels skaters, were good for an hour of fun--about 15 km. Until last year, I thought I could never make it to Boekel in time to start at 1900--I work in Tilburg--an hour drive from Veghel; and I normally don't get off until 1800. This year, I changed my schedule--going in to work earlier so I can put in eight hours and get home in time to go skating. Last evening, I was asleep at 2200 so I could get up at 0400. I left for work at 0600, and I got many surprized looks when I walked in. Marij called around 1300 to see how I was holding out. I had my afternoon dip a couple of hours early. The sun was shining brightly when I headed for home at 1600. Rosan was cooking when I arrived home. I had some fried chicken and potatoe salad. I called around for a ride to Boekel. Jan was recovering from a skiing injury. He would be out of the running for another month. I got a ride from Ron and Chris. We picked up Maureen along the way.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Sunday, 12-April-2009 - Veghel - Spent the day with Marij.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Doe de Dommel

Sunday, 5-April-2009 - Boxtel - Today's Fun-on-Wheels tour is called Doe de Dommel, because the route crossed the Dommel River several times. The day started out overcast, but the sun came out before we were through. We were 25 skaters strong--good for 29 km. A special well done goes to marathon runner Ton Rijkers. It was his first time out on skates. When I got home, I had enough energy left to do some yard work.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

First Skate of the Season

Saturday, 4-April-2009 - Veghel - It was my first outdoor skate of the season--I didn't trust the weather last weekend. On my way to the Sligro meeting point, I passed a magnificent row of cherry trees in full blossum. Six Fun-on-Wheels skaters headed in the direction of Wijbosch. Maria gave us a yoga lesson along the way, and Frans and Mieke showed us some hill climbing skills. We were good for 15 km.