Monday, May 30, 2016

New Location for Builders Village Under Water

Monday, 30-May-2016 - Veghel - It's raining a lot today. Veghel in Hout arranged a new location for the builders village (bouwdorp) this year.  The drainage of Juliana park needs to be fixed, or an alternate location needs to be found, before August.  If it rains in July during Fabriek Magnifique, we will see what we can expect for our young builders. pics (27)

My Flag

Monday, 30-May-2016 - Veghel - It's raining and thundering outside.  They're throwing strikes up there--the loud, scary, startling lightning explosions coming close, sometimes right above me.  It's Memorial Day in the United States and for Americans all around the world--we remember and honor all Americans who died while in military service to their country.  We thank all those who have served, and all those still serving.  In a month, we'll have 300 war refugees staying at the old hospital here in Veghel--an emergency shelter in a safe, peaceful, free country.  On Memorial Day, I can only feel pride to have served my country to help keep it, and the countries of its allies, free and peaceful.  This is my flag. pics (17)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Skating to Kilsdonkse Windmill

Saturday, 28-May-2016 - Veghel - Today we headed for the Kilsdonkse Molen (photo).  Super weather--great skating.  Two Fun-on-Wheels skaters--good for 18 km. pics (29) gps-tracked route

Friday, May 27, 2016

Brún in Heumen

Friday, 27-May-2016 - Heumen - Today I visited Jan de Bruin (photo) owner of Brún schaats-skeeler Sport.  I didn't realize that brún is the Frisian word for brown (bruin) in Dutch.  Frisian (Frysk) is the official language of the Dutch province of Fryslân.  I went to Heumen to try on a Fila FM 100--a wider inline skate.  My Rollerblade Tempest 100C was a bit narrow, and I wanted to compare.  Before I left home I took a look at the garage door lock. I then biked to the Vrijhof Vishandel fish stand where Marij was working to pickup the car.  There I chatted with Tini. On the way back from Heumen, I dropped of a set of wheels for de Toren skater Monique's old skates and looked at her new skates that were giving her problems.  I collected some straw (Monique is a dairy farmer) for my strawberries before heading home.  Evening menu:  spaghetti. pics (46)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Saturday Fun on Wheels with Francine

Saturday, 7-May-2016 - Veghel - We both came to the Sligro meeting point on skates--Francine (photo) from Sint Oedenrode (6 km) and me from Spoorven (5 km).  We we waited until 1530 before heading for Nijnsel via Zijtaart.  Fantastic weather, great skate.  We were good for 13 km together before I dropped her off near her home.  pics (49) gps-tracked route

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Vat-oe-Fiets 2016

Thursday, 5-May-2016 - Veghel - Today, it's Ascension Day, Dutch Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag), and also the annual bicycle tour Vat-oe-Fiets.  It's a tradition in Veghel and also in the Weiss Family.  I usually ride with Chris, but this year he was staying home with Marit enjoying their newly-born son Seth. This year the route took us through all six towns and villages which make up the township of Veghel.  In Eerde, we rode by the turning sails of the town's restored windmill next to the memorial (photo) to the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment who landed here on 17-September-1944 and, after eight days of heavy battle, liberated this area of the Netherlands. Great weather, great ride.  I was good for 50 km. pics (134) gps-tracked route part 2 windmill video clip (33 sec)