It took a while for the Roll over America photos to be posted but their all sorted and uploaded now. There were quite a number of them so I had to make a (small) selection. I also have over one terabyte of videos, but that's going to take well after Christmas to all be sorted and edited I guess.
I also have a bunch of photos from the two weeks I spent in Washington, DC and New York, NY.
Last Friday I traveled to campsite De Woensberg in Huizen. This time I took the train and didn't bike there because I could not get a day off from work. Around 8 PM I got off the train in Hilversum and found my way to the campsite. It was dark but my Busch & Muller Ixon IQ Speed illuminated the road perfectly and on my way there I only took one wrong turn. On arrival the BBQ was still burning but unfortunately I forgot to bring food. Fortunately there were enough people who would share a sausage, pieces of chicken and some bread. So I didn't went to bed hungry.
After we took a picture of the wrong 'White House' we visited Washington yesterday for the second and last time to go a second attempt. The 'viewing speed' of things in a Museum differs between Harry and myself, so we decided to each go our own way and meet back in at the White House around 5 PM.
Last night a RV with a German family pulled into our space. Well, our space... Apparently we were in their space because when we arrived there was another tent in ours. Not a problem at all, because they would only stay for one night and they had plenty of space.
Last night it had rained a lot and the wind was blowing pretty hard. The last one wasn't such a problem because my tent is solid enough. Only the rain was a problem because I didn't have a ground cover so water came in through all the small gaps. Everything on the inside was wet. My sleeping mat, sleeping bag, my jacket and myself were all soaked. We should do a little washing to clean out all the wet stuff. Let's hope that the coming days stay nice and dry.
We slept in this morning and had breakfast at the campground. Two pancakes with syrup, a cinnamon roll and a cup of tea. Did some washing and drying. My stuff had not been cleaned in days and after a hour or so everything was nice and clean and free from all kinds of weird smells. Jumped in the pool to de a few laps and afterwards spend some time in the hot tub to relax. Written some blog posts and put them online. This all took some time with the WiFi connection dropping every now and then, but that didn't matter.
Yesterday I went down to Starbucks for some tea and a sandwich, just a half hour work to get breakfast. This morning Bert had the good idea to go to the restaurant closely at campus. There you can just scoop it on your plate and you pay by weight. The also had free WiFi so I got to go online to get up-to-date again. After we put all the reserve parts in the truck we left for a short 40 kilometer ride to the company that was going to ship our bikes back to Europe.
This morning when I woke up there was a cake on the pick nick table and my bike was decorated with balloons. Today, the day we would arrive in Washington, happens to be my birthday. Last night we also received free beer from Steve, a velomobile dealer. Steve also brought a Go-One Evolution and would ride with us the final day. After some 10 kilometers we had a short break and his tires looked very soft. Turns out he never had ridden the bike and the tires had only 2 bar in them. Also the yellow sticker was still on the SPD pedals.
The landscape was getting more hilly the last couple of days. Today and yesterday there was some more climbing to do. Just after we left I heard a ticking sound ever six revolutions. I stopped and inspected the chain. Yup, a chain link was loose on one side. My repair set is probably still back in Portland, but fortunately Harry was behind me and had a chain tool. I removed to links and went on.
After I posted six blog messages online I took some time to look at the stars. It was a very clear night and there was no light pollution from nearby cities. That means that it was going a cold night (coldest so far). No problem because I have a sleeping bag that is nice and warm. Tonight was the first time I had to zip it all the way. Other nights were warm enough to leave it half opened. Also we could sleep in a hour longer because today was going to be a relative short day, only 150 kilometers, but with a lot of (short) climbs.