After my new camera (the Contour+) had arrived this week it was a matter of trying it out and to wait if something worthwhile comes in front of the lens. Unfortunately that didn't take long. This morning I was on my way to work when I encountered a car that was pushing it in a 30 km/h zone. The junction had a offset center. If he should have stopped for me or another road user he probably couldn't have done so in time. Car drivers often speed at that junction, but this driver was being extra bad. Fortunately I could hear him coming and didn't enter the junction.
The next preparations are more technical by nature. I was planning to make a time-lapse movie in the 30 days it takes us to cycle from west to east. You have to take a picture every several seconds, but them all behind each other thus creating a sped up movie (like the example below).
Today was a day with three first times. The first one is me joining the annual bike ride of the local cyclist association of Groningen. Of course I invited some other recumbent riders using our Hunneligger forum. I thought there were only going to be five of us, but eventually nine recumbent riders showed up. The 'upright' riders were outnumbered if I counted correctly. Not that it mattered. Despite us not going very fast the weather was beautiful and sunny and we even explored a new bike path. I wasn't planning on doing the whole ride because I had to be back at the rowing club at 4 PM.
To draw more attention to my sponsoring I've asked a colleague to create a number of banners. These banners are free to use and I would very much appreciate it if you would place them on your website. It's preferred to place them in the navigation so they will show up on very page. Instructions and examples on how to place the banners can be found further down in this post.
We've known each other for about three years, but the last year didn't go so well between us. There was no contact (except for that one time for a hour), and she/he had to stay all alone in the shed. Since I have my Sinner Mango+, my first recumbent, the Nazca Fuego, has not been ridden that much.
Last weekend I went to FlevOnice in Biddinghuizen for Cycle Vision 2011. Two years ago I visited this event, but then it was all the way on the other side of The Netherlands (in Tilburg). This time I didn't compete because of a injury to my right wrist, so I made myself useful as a volunteer.
Me and my velomobile have been spotted in two newspapers (local and national) before but this time it's about Roll over America. It turned out to be a nice one third page piece asking me questions about what a velomobile is, how I got involved, what is the goal of this journey, what's the most fun part et cetera.
Last Saturday I competed in the International Pentecost Rowing competition in Delfzijl. A fun competition where anything goes. There are a number of mixed fields where men an women are together in the same boat. Usually that is uncommon in competitions, but in Delfzijl that's no problem. In the first heat I rowed with four women (and of course three men) in a Mix8+. After that I steered a 8+ which I have never done before (I have my steering degrees, but it hasn't home to it yet).
Last Thursday a couple of velonauts came to visit and do some bike riding the next day. It was going to be our last ROAM weekend. Earlier I had done Bennekom and Roermond and the final weekend was in Groningen. Coincidence? No, yesterday we had to deliver our bikes to be shipped to America. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
My co-workers niece has a Neuroblastoma, a bad form of cancer that effects only young children. In The Netherlands each year about 25 children get this disease and 20 of them die. To help her and children like here I decided to support them with my ride through America. I'm raising money for Villa Joep that helps 100% of the money get to research. If you want to help, please fill in this form. You can also add a banner to you own website.