XL-Network's blog http://xl-network.com/blogs/xl-network Hi and welcome to my website... Take a look around, you'll find information about: who is XL-Network?, my bikes and other links. Make a choice from the menu, for instance my blog, there's lots to read there. Enjoy, XL-Network en Updates, updates, updates... http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/12/updates-updates-updates <p>The last post on my website was more then two months ago, but I have some good news. I'm still alive! I just had little to say. So here is a short update about some stuff.</p> <p><a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/12/updates-updates-updates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/12/updates-updates-updates#comments Computer Gadgets Great Baltic Sea Ride 2014 Holiday Home automation Recumbents Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:00:17 +0000 XL-Network 1523 at http://xl-network.com Another bit of running http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/09/another-bit-of-running <p>Als <a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/09/running-through-the-veluwe" title="Running through the Veluwe">promised</a> I went for a run last Saturday. During the&nbsp;Thaisner DörpsRun I could choose from 4 kilometers, 4 mile, 10 kilometers or a half marathon (21,1 km). As preparation for the 4 mile of Groningen which is being held Sunday Oktober 13th I choose the 4 mile distance. It was only a bit more, some 250 meters, but that didn't matter. I even finished in a very good time. After 38:08 minutes I crossed the finish line.</p> <p><a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/09/another-bit-of-running" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/09/another-bit-of-running#comments GPS Photo's Running Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:48:19 +0000 XL-Network 1516 at http://xl-network.com Running through the Veluwe http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/09/running-through-the-veluwe <p>After weeks of training (ahum) last Saturday it was finally time. My first real running race (not counting the 4 mile of Groningen), the Veluweloop. The race consisted of 12 stages which in total covered 87 kilometers. Each runner from our team had to run one stage. The distances varied from 4.4 to 11.2 kilometers and four of the stages were woman only. I started at 12:40 PM in the fifth stage from Vredenburg (Arnhem) to Beerenberg. The second longest distance of 9.1 kilometer. Last Tuesday I practiced it by running home from work, but Saturday it was finally time... 9.1 kilometer.</p> <p><a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/09/running-through-the-veluwe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/09/running-through-the-veluwe#comments GPS Running Wed, 18 Sep 2013 06:17:19 +0000 XL-Network 1513 at http://xl-network.com Replaced defective coathanger http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/replaced-defective-coathanger <p>During the <a href="http://xl-network.com/tags/euro-tour-2013" title="Euro Tour 2013">Euro Tour</a> the coathanger of my velomobile broke in two places. On day 9 I discovered that it broke on the <a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/07/day-9-igel-nehren" title="Day 9: Igel-Nehren">side</a> and on day 13 the <a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/day-13-almelo-leer" title="Day 13: Almelo-Leer">top</a> was broken. This afternoon I went to Anton L. to replace the part. It's a two-man-job and Anton is a genius when it comes to bikes. As a 'compensation' I helped him setup his iPad and iPod Touch so he could synchronize his e-mail, contacts et cetera on both devices.</p> <p> <embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf" width="520" height="347" flashvars="host=picasaweb.google.com&captions=1&noautoplay=1&hl=en_US&feat=flashalbum&RGB=0x000000&feed=http%3A%2F%2Fpicasaweb.google.com%2Fdata%2Ffeed%2Fapi%2Fuser%2F111358644722737176339%2Falbumid%2F5913512301427829825%3Falt%3Drss%26kind%3Dphoto%26hl%3Den_US" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"></embed></p> <p><a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/replaced-defective-coathanger" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/replaced-defective-coathanger#comments Euro Tour 2013 Maintenance Photo's Recumbents Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:48:05 +0000 XL-Network 1511 at http://xl-network.com Waddentour Engelsmanplaat-Schiermonnikoog http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/waddentour-engelsmanplaat-schiermonnikoog <p>Last September a had organized a 'small party' with the title <a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2012/09/feestboek-was-a-success" title="Feestboek was a success!">Feestboek</a>. The party was a great succes and one of the gifts I received was a <a href="http://www.smartbox.com/" title="Smartbox">Smartbox</a> (Bongo-bon in Dutch). This gives you a activity of your choice. Yesterday I used this gift together with a close friend of mine to drive to Lauwersoog where we would board the ship Boschwad and first go to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engelsmanplaat" title="Wikipedia: Engelsmanplaat">Engelsmanplaat</a> to experience nature.</p> <p><a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/waddentour-engelsmanplaat-schiermonnikoog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/waddentour-engelsmanplaat-schiermonnikoog#comments Photo's Sat, 17 Aug 2013 09:26:11 +0000 XL-Network 1509 at http://xl-network.com Euro Tour 2013 (photos and movies) http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/euro-tour-2013-photos-and-movies <p>Below you will find my photos and a couple of movies of the Euro Tour 2013. Enjoy!</p> <p><a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/euro-tour-2013-photos-and-movies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/euro-tour-2013-photos-and-movies#comments Euro Tour 2013 Filming Holiday Movie Photo's Recumbents Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:06:57 +0000 XL-Network 1504 at http://xl-network.com Going home http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/going-home <p>The last time I slept in a tent, well... for the next few months anyway. Matthias already left at 5:13 AM. He took his bus which was parked in Leer, loaded the bike and left. I myself got up at 7 AM and prepared myself for the final journey home. John would join me until Groningen. He planned to stay on the city campground and then continue to Dronten. When I was almost finished packing it started to rain lightly, but it wasn't that bad. John had some more packing to do.</p> <p><a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/going-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/going-home#comments Camping Euro Tour 2013 GPS Holiday Photo's Recumbents Tue, 06 Aug 2013 09:02:30 +0000 XL-Network 1502 at http://xl-network.com Day 13: Almelo-Leer http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/day-13-almelo-leer <p>Woke up relaxed without having to worry about making breakfast and packing my tent. I left at 8 AM for Lingen some 55 kilometers away where I was supposed to meet up with the rest at the group at an agreed point. One hour before the agreed time I received a text message from Matthias if I could meet him at the nearby bakeshop. He had to get some things for his Flevobike. The road to Lingen was, for the Dutch part anyway, largely next to a beautiful small canal. In Germany I cycled next to the Bundesstraße (main road), which was also fine.</p> <p><a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/day-13-almelo-leer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/day-13-almelo-leer#comments Camping Euro Tour 2013 GPS Holiday Photo's Recumbents Tue, 06 Aug 2013 08:55:55 +0000 XL-Network 1500 at http://xl-network.com Day 12: Xanten-Almelo http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/day-12-xanten-almelo <p>Since the five start campground had no decent internet connection it wasn't possible to post this and following messages online, but here they are.</p> <p>After we all enjoyed a big dish with sandwiches it was time to leave. The next stop would be a camp ground near Bad Bentheim. For the rest of the group that is. I phoned a friend in Almelo where I stayed on my way to Wuppertal and stayed there for the night. That gave me the chance to a. sleep in a normal bed and b. clean all my stuff and get them dry. But it wasn't that time yet. First some cycling had to be done.</p> <p><a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/day-12-xanten-almelo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/day-12-xanten-almelo#comments Camping Euro Tour 2013 GPS Holiday Photo's Recumbents Tue, 06 Aug 2013 08:44:39 +0000 XL-Network 1498 at http://xl-network.com Day 11: Cologne-Xanten http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/day-11-cologne-xanten <p>Today the trip started just before Cologne and the idea was to get breakfast near the Dome. You could see the city from far away.</p> <p><a href="http://xl-network.com/sites/xl-network.com/files/imagecache/full/images/Euro%20Tour%202013%20-%20Day%2011%20%28Cologne%29.jpg" title="Euro Tour 2013 - Day 11 (Cologne)"><img src="http://xl-network.com/sites/xl-network.com/files/imagecache/large/images/Euro%20Tour%202013%20-%20Day%2011%20%28Cologne%29.jpg" alt="Euro Tour 2013 - Day 11 (Cologne)" class="lightbox" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/day-11-cologne-xanten" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://xl-network.com/blog/2013/08/day-11-cologne-xanten#comments Camping Euro Tour 2013 GPS Holiday Photo's Recumbents Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:25:47 +0000 XL-Network 1496 at http://xl-network.com