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.
We had a short chat with the farmer, he was curious what we were up to and he explained that the feeding of the pigs would start at 22.00pm and at 04.30am so we were warned for the noise. We slept well that night and yes we woke up by the noise, an alarm going off around 05:00 am, and fell asleep again when the noise stopped.
Sunday and monday we pushed hard and followed the Maas for a while. For the night between Sunday and Monday we again had some issues with finding the right spot to pitch our tent as most land is cultivated or covered with roads in this region, we asked around and had no big luck so we decided to go a bit north to a small town Hurwenen. We came across this nice old villa and took a chance. We asked if they had a spot for us in their garden. Again they were surprised and found it daring of us to ask, they agreed and opened their doors for us.
During this trip we needed to test following:
New shoes both mid sized Merrell shoes see Packlist for links, they performed well and we will use these on our journey. Also we had new Craft thermal baselayers which performed well and kept us warm and dry. We also use woolen clothes but feel that the Craft might be better with moist control.
One set that did not work as wanted was our new Evernew pots from titanium. They are too thin and does not work well with the Primus Omnifuel, so here we need to find the right pots.
For more photos see below or go to the Photos page and if you want to use our route feel free to download it ‘under the map you see download‘.
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