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Limmen to Bloemendaal

overcast 9 °C
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We are sore and it's cold. We're snuggled up in bed and don't want to move. I woke several times during the night and tried to stretch. Kim woke at 2am hungry but was too sore to get out of bed. She's famished now so we need to get up.

Gingerly potter around to try to slowly loosen up. Coffee, cereal and start to pack. I need to adjust the gears - I think the cable has stretched to the gears on the front crank. My adjustments are not having much impact...I might need to take some slack out of the cable, but I'll look at that another time, we need to get going. Today is flat so we won't need to change the front gears. We leave just after 11:15am. It's a 1.5 hour ride and we retrace much of our route from Friday. It's cold, but thankfully there's no wind.

Arrive at Gareth’s just after 1pm. I used to surf with Gareth in Sydney. Gareth, his wife Nic and daughter Myer moved to Holland years ago. On arrival we meet Nelson their 7 year old dog, Kim falls in love immediately!

We have a quick coffee and change clothes to warm us up and then we drive into Harlem for a late lunch. We haven’t been to Harlem yet so we get a little tour of the city as this is where Gareth and Nic lived when they first arrived in Holland. Settle into a local cafe on the square and enjoy a beer and burger.
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Back to Gareth's place as he needs to pick up the kids from school. Meanwhile we hang out with Nelson and try to decide on how we are getting to Aberdeen. Kim's been watching the weather. It's going to be a lot colder and wetter than Holland. That puts the kibosh on camping. Other accommodation on the route is very limited. We decide to book a night in Newcastle then we'll catch a train to Aberdeen the next day. The cycle trip is coming to an end faster than I am prepared for. We are both a little sad and disappointed but feel like it's the right choice.

Gareth returns with Myer and Noah. It's a whirlwind of bathtime and dinner before Nic gets home. Kids in bed, Gareth makes dinner and we crack open a bottle of red. Spend the evening chatting away like we saw each other yesterday even though it was the first time Kim and Nic have ever met. Before we know it it’s 11pm. Time for bed!
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Posted by darrenhough1974 00:00 Archived in Netherlands

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