Sunday, June 7, 2009
Nijmegen to Well/Venray
So my camera battery died at the museum. I wasn't able to charge it until I arrived in Nijmegen, so there is a black out from that journey. Navigating has become rather easy. There are red signs at most major intersections pointing the directions to towns. I started looking at a map and picking a nearby city and just following the signs going from town to town until I reach the destination. This worked great until I hit rural Netherlands when looking for Well. I got completely lost and there were no signs. After going down some random dirt road, I finally found a sign. The other minor catastrophe was, when visiting the big lake near Well, it started to rain while I was hiking. I'd cleverly left my umbrella and jacket with my bike so I decided to sit under a tree and wait it out. The rain didn't let up so I made a break for my bike, got my jacket and umbrella and tried to figure out what to do in the middle of nowhere when it's raining. I decided to at least move towards some place I could sleep for the night if I had to. That's when the key got stuck in the bike lock. The bike wasn't chained to a tree, but NL bike locks put a bar across the back tire preventing it from rolling. So after about 20 minutes of trying to get the key out, I was able to at least unlock the lock. Close call...
*Note to friends* When I die, I expect to have some sort of weird Tupac shrine made in my honor.
Obligatory windmill picture