Quinn found a 10 mile race to do in the Netherlands in February. Odd that they are doing races in miles instead of kilometers but maybe it is just for the novelty of it? We had a fun little trip up there and I always enjoy the Dutch architectural style. We stayed in the cutest little BnB with the best decorated room we have ever had. I got to eat all of my favorite Dutch specialties (mostly this cheap potato salad that they have at the grocery store) and some pub food the night before the race.
Here are some views from around the adorable town of Apeldoorn.
I LOVE Dutch style. Most of the houses have HUGE picture windows on both sides of the house so you can see all the way through from the front to the back. Quinn and I were wondering if this leads to more camaraderie and chatting with neighbors and also if it keeps neighborhoods safer because people are more connected to their community. Also, it could just lead to a bunch of nosey nellies. I have no idea. Either way, it must allow for some great natural lighting.
You have to love the Dutch. This is three sets of grown men riding tandem bicycles together. They have bikes for everyone here and it is ingrained in the culture. Sometimes there is more space set aside for bike lanes than there are for cars.
We set out for a long walk to find an area where farmers had built little bridges across the canals with the trunks of downed trees. We had read about it in a little tour book and after about 4 hours of walking we finally found one.
Tree with texture, warts, or bark?
Race day always has a ton of excitement around it. Of course the Dutch use bicycles for their mobile information stands about their town. This was a super fast race with the winner averaging under 4:50 per mile over 10 miles. Quinn ran the 10 miler in under 58 minutes and 60 minutes was his goal. I was so proud.
It is really fun to see Quinn in competition again. I was rusty with my race picture taking skills so neither of my shots are very great. Normally you can pick Quinn out of the crowd, but the Dutch are quite tall as well.
On a different note, Quinn has also been taking more pictures around our town. Our little river through town had some frozen spots last month and we went out on the ice to play around. Here is the evidence. This is no small piece of information, since this is a river and it took weeks of temperatures in the teens to freeze it solid.
That's all for now.