Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fun-on-Wheels De Boesj Weekend

Sunday, 29-Jun-2014 - Koningsbosch - This was a weekend we won't forget.  Thanks to Pieter en Jennie for organizing this year's Fun-on-Wheels "in-country" skating weekend. See links below for photos, clips, and gps-routes by day.
day 1
day 2
day 3  
report (Dutch)

De Boesj Skating Weekend--Day 3

Sunday, 29-June-2014 - Koningsbosch -
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gps-tracked route--part 2 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Longest Day Skate

Saturday, 21-June-2014 - Veghel - First a little cool and cloudy, but then the sun came out, and my long sleeves came off.  I was eager to test my new skate alignment. I had just received my second set of 2-Deg shims earlier this morning in the mail from Skate-Dump. Smooth roads, grazing dairy cattle, and knee-high corn. On this longest day of the year.  I thought of Omni skate friends Alle and Jurgen, who today with 70 other inline skaters were on their way to set a Guinness World Record for the Dutch Kidney Foundation--goal:  skate 350 kilometers in 24 hours in a group, without sleeping!  Respect for these super sportsmen.  One Fun-on-Wheels skater--good for 22 km. pics (82) gps-tracked route
RIJM2014 Rondje ijsselmeer markermeer (around the lakes) 20-06-2014 clip (5:34)
rijm2014 photos 20-21-juni-2014 (135)
Flevoland News Report (2:06)
Stories After the Finish  by Participants (Dutch--copy and paste in Google Translate for English)

Inline Skate Alignment

Saturday, 21-June-2014 - Veghel - I think my skates are aligned right for me now (see road test link).  When I first bought these skates three years ago, I was afraid to adjust the frames.  Now, I know it's what you need to do before you leave the store. Standing straight over your wheels makes a world of difference.  When skating, I'd see some skaters standing straight, and some pronated (ankles angled inwards), especially when tired at the end of a tour (that was me, too).  Here is an example of poor alignment.  Here is what to do about it. pics (50)

Inline Skate Alignment Road Test (34 sec)

Bill Beggs Correcting Pronation
Bill Beggs, Australian Inline Skating Coach
Speed skater Alex aus M√ľnchen alignment tutorial (2016) (6:19)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Overcast De Toren Skating

Thursday, 19-June-2014 - Dinther - The sky was overcast and threatening, but our bearings stayed dry. We stopped in Schijndel for an ice cream break.  I looked up to see the transparent roof (photo) of the Glass Farmhouse.  The sun came out as we skated into Dinther.  Six skaters--good for 22 km. pics (68)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Boekel Inline Skating

Tuesday, 17-June-2014 - Boekel - It was great weather for skating.  I passed this high-clearance tractor (photo) as I entered Boekel.  After our ice-tea break at Erica in Sint Hubert and just outside of Venhorst we saw a buzzard Buteo buteo. I tried a couple of times to hang with the fast group of skaters, but it didn't last long.  15 skaters--good for 34 km. pics (125 ) gps-tracked route
 buzzard sighting (24 sec--last two sec)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Omni Skating in Brabant

Saturday, 14-June-2014 - Oirschot - Thanks to Pieter and Jennie for making this happen.  Thanks to 23 Fun-on-Wheels and Omni skaters for a great day of skating--we were good for 62 km. pics (334) vendel clip (38 sec) gps-tracked route part 2, gps-tracked route part 3 
group photo

Thursday, June 5, 2014

De Toren Skaters Go Den Bosch

Thursday, 5-June-2014 - Den Bosch - It had rained during the day--it was still wet in various places.  We decided to carpool to Den Bosch.  We parked near the Dungense Brug. We were treated with this sunset when we returned.  Six de Toren skaters--good for 30.5 km  pics (107) gps-tracked route (thanks, wim)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Skating Maashorst

Tuesday, 3-June-2014 - Nistelrode - I couldn't go skating this evening, and rain was predicted for the next couple of days, so I headed out on my own.  I was looking for a way around Nistelrode.  I found myself at the edge of the Masshorst Nature Reserve.  I was good for 24 km. pics (39) gps-tracked route

Monday, June 2, 2014

Marc's Bar BQ Volleyball--Time to Eat

Monday, 2-June-2014 - Uden - We gathered at Marc's Bar BQ for friendship and a delicious meal, as well as admire our 3rd place trophy.  pics (13)