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Dee Family Tour of the Netherlands 2004 - 3

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5: Lochem and Urgchelen 6: Kootwijk to Amersfoort 7: Last days at De Haan 8: Miscellaneous

Monday night we stayed at the only "commercial" campsite of our tour.  As the ride on Monday was longer then we had expected we had arrived late.  Ceri and I stayed at this site in 1999 when the Tandem Club International Rally was based here.  We had planned to stay at the site as Ceri enjoyed it 5 years ago.  In the end Ceri decided it was "not her cup of tea" this time round and we only stayed the one night.

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One use of a kids climbing frame - a clothes horse to catch the early morning sun to air towels and sleeping bag whilst the girls and the other campers were still in bed.

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After a brief excursion back to Den Haag, we continued our trip along LF3b and the Maas from Venlo.  This is the ferry across the Maas between Velden and Grubbervorst, looking towards Grubbervorst.

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This is Ceri on the ferry across the Maas between Velden and Grubbervorst.

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These ferries across the Maas are mainly chain ferries.  The chain can be seen on the left side of the ferry.   There seemed to be more people heading west across the ferry rather then the other way!

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We followed the LF3b to Blitterswijck, where we left the Maas and headed to the NTKC De Testrik site to the west of Venray.  This site like many of the sites we stayed at were in woods.

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Having let Ceri and Melissa suffer the small tent for the first few camps, I went soft on them and we swapped tents.  De Testrik has many small clearings in the woods to pitch tents.

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The toilet block at De Testrik nicely sheltered by the woods.  Even though there was electric lights at this site, the kampmeester, although young kept to the tradition of using a hurricane light for the toilet block at night.  Apart from the kampmeester and family there was only one other camper on site.

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The Toilet blocks on the NTKC site have a notice board which the "Kampmeesters" say who they are and where to find them.

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The toilet block had nice pictograms to indicate the ladies and gents toilets.

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One tradition Ceri and I started in the Netherlands in 99, we continued this year.  When there is a small group - its cheaper to buy a small tub of ice cream rather then individuals.  Here we are tucking into a litre tub outside the supermarket in Mill.

ęStephen Dee

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From Venray we rode to the NTKC de Brobbelbies site at Schaijk.  This is the toilet block there.   Again this was a site set in wood lands.

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The notice board at the NTKC de Brobbelbies site at Schaijk. 

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The camp fire circle at the NTKC de Brobbelbies site.

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