Sunday, September 9, 2012

Morning beauty in Friesland

Between Franeker and Bolsward in Friesland... 

8:30am. Digital... also captured on 4x5 film (To be processed- crossing my fingers)

For this short Friesland trip, I decided  to carry my camera instead of bringing along all of my camping gear. I could pack it all, and maybe will do so for longer trips in the future (with less available affordable room options) but Friesland is full of rooms to rent for less than 40 a night- breakfast included.

Let me recommend this one, Camping de Salix. It was super comfortable- on the level of luxurious, and the owners were very hospitable. Just what I needed after 100k with 20 kph headwinds! Also, let me recommend that you head East, not West!! :)

In the morning, after a full night of sleep, I was packed and fed and on the road by 7:45am. My progress was slowed due to beauty, not wind.

Between Franeker & Bolward


  1. Very nice, Friesland, Waddenzee, seabreeze... Looks like holidays! Did your learn some Frisian dialect?
    Those are beautiful photos. Apparently you have the proper gear. My pocket camera never makes good panorama pictures.
    That's a nice travel bike. But I am surprised that you have drop handle bars. I had the impression you were more of a relaxed rider.
    And does it not have a front fender? Aren't you taking on a lot of spray?
    Never mind, just keep on cycling! And posting.

    1. Hi Benedikt,
      Unfortunately, I did not learn any frisian... but I did get to practice my Dutch! Frislanders actually responded to my dutch attempts in dutch (unlike zuid-hollanders who switch to english as soon as I mangle one vowel sound).

      Thanks- it's a new bike for me, the Kona sutra. It is for long distance/relaxed riding... The drop bars are more popular for touring in the U.S. and I prefer them for myself, and I've noticed that in Europe everyone seems to prefer the butterfly bars. By keeping the drop bars on the same level as the seat, it's a relatively relaxed position. Also, I put on a shortened stem.
      Another change- I put fat schwalbe marathon plus tires on the bike and the front fender no longer fits!!! I'm using a mud guard/board that is attached to the frame. The mud guard is supposed to be effective but I haven't tested it in full rain yet... it did keep the dirt/dust off me this weekend. We'll see what happens. :)

    2. Hey Alicia,
      I suppose for me it would be easier to understand Frisian, which I think is a Low German dialect. For me it's hard to read/understand Dutch, although our languages are closely related. So I am switching to English as well =)
      Ah yes, adjust the level of the bar for a comfy position, didn't even think of that. The German term Rennlenker literally translates as racing bar, so I never thought of those ever being used on another kind of bike. I use a trekking bar with curved ends, that's almost a butterfly.
      I've seen pictures of the Kona Sutra (without luggage), that's a beautiful design. When I think of American bicycles only mountain bikes and road bikes come to mind. It's great to see they make "normal bikes" as well.
      Your bicycle is challenging my beliefs.
      Yes, I think I can see your mud guard when I look closely at the picture. I haven't seen any of those before. I'll be looking out for the bike review that you've announced.
      Ah yes, good Schwalbe tires, they're sturdy and long-lasting. I use Marathon Plus Tour tires that are good on and off the road. Although they're no match for actual off-road tires, they have surprisingly good grip on mud. I live near Teutoburg Forest so there's a lot of off-roading for me.
      So far I've used my bike around town and for day trips, I haven't taken it on overnight trips. But this blog is somewhat inspiring. You may eventually be a role-model.
      Happy cycling!

  2. Please, Benedikt & Alicia, never refer to Friesian as a dialect. It's a language, somewhere between English and Dutch, and although it contains a lot of Dutch words (mostly "official") your average Dutchman doesn't understand a word a Fries says in his own language. But all Friezen speak Dutch!
    Niedersächsisch is what is spoken more or less from Groningen to Berlin. And if you ask, no I'm from Rotterdam originally and have lived for 50 years in Drenthe; and still my neighbours may surprise me by saying something I don't understand :-).

    1. Frits is right.
      My apologies to the Frisians.

      Thanks for this little lesson in linguistics.

  3. Nice - let us know how the 4x5 film shot came out.

    1. Hi Sue-
      My 4x5 of that particular scene is okay, but the composition isn't as good as the digital photo. My lens isn't wide angle. This one is okay though -