First day on the road with a new bike and karma happens

June 2, 2020 - Reading time: 4 minutes

I was really happy to start with my first bike ride (a little bit further away and with my new bike).... I planned a little route towards a little village called Muiden and back. To visit the famous Muiderslot / Muiden Castle.

However, you know what happens while you are busy with making plans?


So yeah you hit the ground, hard, with your face...  Read more to see some ugly face.

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The humble beginnings

August 3, 2019 - Reading time: 2 minutes

The humble beginnings of my bike touring adventures.
A few days ago (beginning of August) I received my brand new bike. A Giant Toughroad SLR 2019. She is amazing, she is really light, the balance and speed are really crazy. Maybe after a few more rides I will be able to properly review this bike. The little orange details are very cute.

(the one in the picture is not my bike, my own pictures will follow soon)

I am going to undertake some pretty and sometimes though adventures and I must confess I am not a Bicycle Touring Pro or something, more a novice :) Although we do bike a lot here in Holland and we can all ride a bike before we are born but touring is a different side of biking for me.

In the beginning I will ride mainly in the Netherlands and only one-day bike-trips (one that I can cycle to and back, or one that I can get to by train or bus and then cycle back home). I do not have all the things yet which I need to do a fully self-supported bike-trip (like a proper tent, gas stove, eg). 

In the Netherlands we have a lot of Trekkershut's (Hiker’s Cabin) across the whole of the country which you can rent for a day, sometimes with cooking facilities, they can often be found on a campground so you could use all of the campgrounds facilities. I have seen prices vary from €37,50 euro to €90 euro, however you should be able to fit more then one person in the cabin.



Hi 👋
I am Richard D, 35 years old and from the Netherlands.

I am planning to make some awesome (hopefully) velocipede (bike 🚲) touring trips in the distant future.

From smaller day-trips to in the end longer multi-day bicycle touring trips.