Friday, September 29, 2017

Fallen Skater Friend

29-September-2017 - Veghel I grieve the loss of my skating hero and friend Bep Rovers (photo). Sudden, without warning.  I had skated 18 km with her just four weeks ago in Veghel.  Such are the ways of the Lord.  Her mission on earth was complete.  Ours is not yet done.
order of service (Dutch)
remembrance card (Dutch)
remembrance weblog

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Flaeming 2017

Sunday, 24-September-2017 - Werder - This year the Fun-on-Wheels out-of-country trip took us to the Pleistocene hills (photo) of the Fläming Heath in Germany, about 75 km south of Berlin.  Here lies the Flaeming-Skate--230 km of super-smooth skating and cycling paths!  Thanks to Brigitte, Conny, Johan and Maurice for organizing this super skating weekend!  25 skaters and one moped rider. Some were good for 160 km--12 skaters finished the 44th BMW Berlin--Inline-skating Marathon! See links below for photos, clips, and gps-routes by day.



Fun-on-Wheels Flaeming Weekend 2017--Day 5

Sunday, 24-September-2017 - Werder/Veghel - It was still raining, so we took a moment to reflect on the loss of Bep, thanked the organizers and said goodbye.  We stopped for lunch on the way home.  It was a truckers restaurant with classic Cadillac photos.  pics (51)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fun-on-Wheels Flaeming Weekend 2017--Day 4

Saturday, 23-September-2017 - Werder - I woke at 0600 to see Johan and Conny go out the door of our room.  They were all ready to head out with the others for the train station to go Berlin for the inline skate marathon.  When I got to the breakfast table, Frans passed on the sad news of Bep's passing on Friday evening.  I was in shock.  It was a shock for us all.  I couldn't make it to the buffet.  I had to sit down at a table corner and cry my heart out.  I had just skated 18 km with her exactly three weeks ago in Veghel.  This was something I had to accept.  I put my black headband around my arm--it was the least I could do for Bep.  The non-marathon skaters headed out around 0900. We were taking route RK1.  We got to test our climbing and braking skills.  At the 35km point, we split up in two groups:  100km (8 skaters) (photo) and the rest for 52 km (one moped rider, two bicyclists, and three skaters).  What was supposed to be a grass stop turned into a shoulder crash for Adriaan.  Toon and Henriette picked him up at the crash site, and brought him back to the hotel. Then an ambulance took him to the Johanniter-Krankenhaus in Jüterbog.  Brigitte and Maurice kept company with Adriaan at the hospital.  His shoulder wasn't broken, just badly bruised.  Once everyone got back to the hotel, we got cleaned up and went to the Café und Restaurant "Tetzelstuben".  Shortly after we got back to the hotel, the victorious marathon skaters arrived proudly wearing their medallionspics (188)
gps-tracked route part 1
gps-tracked route part 2

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fun-on-Wheels Flaeming Weekend 2017--Day 3

Friday, 22-September-2017 - Werder - Today's skate was a puzzle tour.  After a great breakfast, we were split into four groups to navigate the route and solve various questions along the way.  In Dennewitz, we met a group of very friendly and curious beaver rats (photo).  They were just like the one we saw last summer at ZieZoo in Volkel with Logan and Jakob.  I was in group 4 along with  Adriaan, Clemens, Inge, Jennie, Maria, and Maurice.  Lunch break:  bratwurst and potatoe salad.  We were good for 60km.  After supper, we finished puzzle questions for extra points.  Then the non-marathon skaters discussed the tour options for Saturday. pics (329)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fun-on-Wheels Flaeming Weekend 2017--Day 2

Thursday, 21-September-2017 - Werder/Jüterbog/Hohenseefeld - After getting train tickets for the marathon skaters at the Jüterbog train station (photo), we headed for Hohenseefeld.  Due to all the road construction in the town center, it took us a while to get out of  Jüterbog--like "Hotel California", You can drive out any time you like, but you can never leave.  At Hohenseefeld, we took route RK7.  Smooth asphalt, beautiful countryside.  Lunch break:  bratwurst and potatoe salad--one of my favorite food groups.  We were good for 42 km.  Around 1800, the other skaters started to arrive.  pics (261)
gps-tracked route

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fun-on-Wheels Flaeming Weekend 2017--Day 1

Wednesday, 20-September-2017 - Veghel/Werder - The organizing team went a day early.  I got a ride with Conny, Johan, and Maria.  Marij and my grandson Seth saw me off (photo).  We arrived at our hotel Erlebnishof Jüterbog-Werder at midnight.  Brigitte and Maurice sleepily welcomed us and said goodnight. pics (21)