Our first “official” trial on Mother’s Day - 1st leg

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Along the Zomerdijk

As today was Mother's Day in The Netherlands it started off with being brought breakfast in bed! Quite early, but I shouldn't complain now should I? I had beschuit (Dutch rusks) with fresh strawberries and orange juice, aren't my girls great? After that we all got ready for the planned bike ride, a first trial for our holiday this Summer. I thought this would be a good idea to see how the bikes (and not to forget ourselves) would perform. On long bikerides you need to think of all sorts of stuff and plan for things that may happen, so doing this a few times we would hopefully think of stuff we may want or need for such a trip. So pen (and for lack of paper, a napkin) came in very handy.

We had only ridden about 2 or 3 kilometers when Reagan's bike chain came off her bike. Luckily this was quickly fixed and we could continue on our way.

Along the Zomerdijk
We rode towards the Beukerssluis, a working lock. This is about 8 kilometers from Meppel and we took the opportunity to stop and use the picknick tables there. We had something to eat and drink and saw a few boats go through the lock, which the girls found fascinating. We then continued on our way and had another quick stop after a few more kilometers at the Belterwijde, one of many lakes in this area. We had a look at all the sailboats that were out today, a lovely sight.

We got back on our bikes and rode to "Gasterij De Blauwe Hand", which is a well-known stop in this area. We had some lunch here and a bit of a rest. Every Sunday they have a family brunch here which we didn't participate in as it was almost over by the time we got there, but could be an option if we ever come back here! They also had a girl doing face painting for the kids so both my girls were tunred into butterflies...

 

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Along the Zomerdijk
Along the Zomerdijk
Along the Zomerdijk
Along the Zomerdijk
Along the Zomerdijk
Along the Zomerdijk
Along the Zomerdijk
Along the Zomerdijk
Along the Zomerdijk
Along the Zomerdijk
Along the Zomerdijk
Along the Zomerdijk
Beukerssluis
Beukerssluis
Beukerssluis
Beukerssluis
Beukerssluis
Beukerssluis
Beukerssluis
Beukerssluis
Beukerssluis
Beukerssluis
Schutsloterwijde
Schutsloterwijde
Beulakerwijde
Beulakerwijde
Gasterij De Blauwe Hand
Gasterij De Blauwe Hand
The girls posing with their facepa…
The girls posing with their facep…
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