My husband took this photo of me at about 8am in the morning. We left the house sometime around 7:30am to go for a short ride while the wind was low and the sun was out a bit. It was so peaceful and lovely, I was in heaven! I’m so glad that we are both early birds and enjoy doing things together early in the morning. I really do think it’s the best time of the day.
We stopped at a picnic table by de Pendrechtse Molen (windmill) for a fruit breakfast before continuing on our 15km ride through the outskirts of Rotterdam and in through Zuiderpark, where we stopped again for a short while on a bench to have a cuddle and enjoy the solitude.
It was a great ride, long enough to not feel like we were home too quickly but not long enough to run me completely out of energy, as our 35km ride did on Thursday.
Yep, you heard me right! I biked my fat ass 35km around the countryside and made it home alive. That’s progress, people! I did alright for most of it, but the last 15-20 minutes were pretty hellish. Even Xander was getting cold and tired, so I didn’t feel so bad. If he was tired and ready to go home, I’m surprised I was still functional at all, as he is much more in shape than I am.
Anyway, it was still a hell of a lot of fun, even if it did wear me out.
Seriously though… this photo… windmills and bicycles, does it get more Dutch than that? If only I’d had clogs on, was three feet taller and 50 pounds lighter, I’d totally pass for a real Dutchie in this photo!
I think our next step is going to be getting a fietsdrager (bicycle rack) for the car. Our current car doesn’t have a trekhaak (god almighty my English is going to hell! I can’t remember the English word for this. It’s the hook on the back of your car for dragging things)… anyway, the lease is up for this car shortly so we are going to try to ensure that our new one has one to attach the bike rack to. We really want to be able to take the bikes to parks and nature areas all over the country and go for nice rides. For now we are happy with exploring our surrounding areas though. Plus, we can always get a train somewhere if we feel the need badly enough.
I have some photos from different biking adventures but I’m going to post them another time. It’s almost 11pm and with me being 35 now and all (my birthday was last weekend), it’s SO past my bedtime!