We were ready to enjoy some days on our bicycles, so we had prepared with a long weekend and the route was set. The weekend before we had bought some new gear which needed testing (later in this post we will outline what we specifically were testing). We packed the bags Thursday evening and were packing as complete as possible at this stage to simulate our load when we will be on our big trip. Friday morning we set of heading south to Breda and as always the bicycle paths here in the Netherlands are great, it was easy riding. From Ulvenhout to Alphen we crossed along the best bicycle paths through the forest of Chaamse bossen, we were all alone and the weather was fresh.