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Dee Family Tour of the Netherlands 2004 - 5

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At Lochem we stayed at the NTKC De Valkenbelt site.  Again another wooded site, with two large clearings and a number of smaller ones to camp in.

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1 Aug 2004 ID P8018061

The camp fire circle at the NTKC De Valkenbelt site. 

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2 Aug 2004 ID P802073 

We camped in the smaller of the two large clearings at De Valkenbelt.  The girls pitched a wee way away from me - they were fed up with my snoring.  Along side their tent they are flying pennons we had collected from each NTKC site we had stayed at. 

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1 Aug 2004 ID P8018072 

From Lochem we headed to the north of Zutphen to Gorssel where we got ferry across the Ijssel.  This being a cyclist and foot passenger only ferry.

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2 Aug 2004 ID P8028096

The ferry fares are cheap - about 63p per person in real money.  A lot better then the bridge crossings at Zutphen or Deventer, both big towns with only 1 road bridge each!

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2 Aug 2004 ID P8028096 

We stopped for lunch on the other side of the ferry having gone shopping before we got the ferry.  Here is Melissa sharing her lunch with a little "glue stick".

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2 Aug 2004 ID P8028102 

 

Melissa being a bit of a townie from Sarf London

was not used to seeing so many different animals.  The ones she loved the best were little miniature goats we saw virtually every where. Some were nice brown and white such they looked as if they the goats were white and had been dipped in chocolate!

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2 Aug 2004 ID P8028104 

 

We followed the ENECO Veuwe Route from Voorst to our next campsite near Ugchelen, near Appeldoorn.  Along a quite track to the west of Klarenbeek we came across these little wooden people.  Two off them hitched a lift - one as present for Mummy, the other for Melissa's grand parents.  Both managed to loose their hats in their journey to Harwich.

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2 Aug 2004 ID P8028106

 

The ENECO Veuwe Route took us directly to our next campsite, the NTKC's de Kooiberg site near Ugchelen, Apeldoorn.  The site entrance is marked by the "pump room"

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2 Aug 2004 ID P8028120  

The NTKC's de Kooiberg site is in the middle of the woods in the "Dutch Mountains" as Ceri and I call the region.  The campsite is in a natural amphitheatre, with a nice set of steps down to the site.

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2 Aug 2004 ID P8028109

 

This gives  a nice view that gives a feel for the atmosphere of the site.

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3 Aug 2004 ID P8038128  

This gives  a nice view that gives a feel for the atmosphere of the site.  Again my tent was pitched out of ear shot from the girls.

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3 Aug 2004 ID P8038118  

We were the only people camping so we became kampmeester and had to register ourselves.  This also meant I had to cycle to key holder to collect the key when we arrived and then return it in the morning.  The trip was about a 5-6Km return trip each visit.  As kampmeester we had the task of paying in our fees - a total of €10.50.  We eventually found a post office some days later, but it would of cost €6 to pay the money in so we posted €15 in notes - it was better to make a donation then pay the PO!  The Kampmeester pennon here is a now rainbow colour not black as normal.

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2 Aug 2004 ID P8028116  

At de Kooiberg, there is no electricity or running water.  All water has to be pumped using the lift pump.

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2 Aug 2004 ID P8028110  

There are flush toilets,  but you have to carry water by the bucket from the pump.

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3 Aug 2004 ID P8038123  

At de Kooiberg, the notice board is compact with a small chalk section for the kampmeester to write their name and add times for melden.  As we were the only people on site we didn't bother adding our names.

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3 Aug 2004 ID P8028125  

Melissa and Ceri relaxing in the evening.  Melissa introduced Ceri and I to sugar waffles - there is a packet between the two girls.  They make very nice energy snacks when cycling!.

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2 Aug 2004 ID P8028110  

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