Sundaymorning at 8 starting a 75 km long ice skating tour...what was I thinking???

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Last Januar we had some very cold weeks in The Netherlands, it was freezing -16 for a week. A bit to cold for me but perfect for the water to get frozen and prepare for the famous Milltour (Molentocht) through the Alblasserwaard. That's an area in South Holland where the windmills are standing along the water between little old villages, and where typical Dutch landscapes are passing by when you're moving on the water...or ice. It's a 75 km long tour, the last one was 13 years ago so when this tour was official lots of people (almost 20.000!) all over Holland and even from the whole world came to these little villages to go ice skating. Because I don't like the crowd and had to rebuild my bathroom myself (that was because I bought a washing bowl in Bali and thought it was better to re-design my bathroom all because of that one particular bowl) so we went the day after.

Having hot chocolate on the ice

Sundaymorning very early we were standing on the ice at 8 'o clock. As this is a very religious area everybody was still sleeping and almost nobody was on the ice. It was very peacefull to be honest...and cold. The iceskates were old, I used them a few years ago for the last time and also Bart's skates were old. The last time I excersized was 4 years ago so I was already tired after 1 minute so we didn't looked professional at all but anyhow, it was fun. The first kilometers were hard but after passing the first village we didn't felt our legs anymore and everything went easier. There were more people on the ice after an hour and all in a good mood, I said to Bart I want to skate all day... After 3 hours there was a candy and soda shop on the ice, time for hot chocolate, completely tired, didn't want to skate anymore, cold cold cold... We wanted to skate the last 25 km but we lost our way somewhere on the river so I called someone to pick us up somewhere in the middle of nowhere. We passed the 50 km finishline but not the 75 km. :( But to be honest, even if we didn't lost our way I wasn't able to skate these last km's as on the end I was completely tired off and couldn't walk anymore. Haha.

jefrois says:
I would so do this!
Posted on: Apr 13, 2009
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