Day 1 - Meppel to Balkbrug
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As today was the first day of our holiday I had decided I didnâ€™t want to get up too early, otherwise it wouldnâ€™t really feel like a holiday!
We took our time getting ready and eventually left around 10. We took the wrong road almost immediately as I had restarted my navigation system and it had reset itself to roads suited to cars instead of bikes.
The first stop we made was at the hospital in Meppel. And no, nothing was wrong! But after riding about 15 minutes the girls both realised they had to go to the toilet even though they didnâ€™t when we left the house, so we decided to use the toilets here.
We then continued on our way and the navigation system took us to IJhorst. We stopped along the way a couple of times for a drink and a snack, and for me to put on my rain jacket. It rained almost the whole way! When we got to IJhorst we thought weâ€™d stop at a cafĂ© we saw but unfortunately it wasnâ€™t open yet. So again we had something we had brought along ourselves and had to hold on to go to the bathroomâ€¦
We rode through very nice countryside but as it was raining so much we didnâ€™t enjoy it as much as we would have riding in sunny weather.
We eventually got to the campsite at around and we were welcomed by the owner with a free drink or ice cream. I badly needed coffee by that stage so this was very much appreciated! I was very happy to hear that the cabin I had booked was already available so we could go inside and strip off all the wet gear straight away. The cabin was basic but comfortable enough, and it was exactly what I was expecting: 2 bunk beds, a table and four chairs and a three-ring cooker.
We got some games from the canteen which we were allowed to take back to the cabin, and played them for a while.
When things had dried out a bit the girls went to the playground and I sat reading in our cabin for a little while. I then cooked dinner (very simple tonight, basically heated some leftover pasta which I had taken with us from home), and after that the girls played some more until it was time to have a shower. We all had an ice cream for dessert after that and then it was time for the girls to hit the hay and leave me to sit outside in the sun for a little while readingâ€¦
I must admit that I found the cycling quite difficult.