Three weeks into the run now, back in the Netherlands for the third and final time before pushing into Germany next week.
Running diagonally towards Denmark and Scandinavia I’ve been crossing the Belgium and Netherlands border on a daily basis, often not sure which country I’m in until I say thank you to someone and realise I’m not receiving a strange look for my silly pronunciation alone, but rather its the wrong phrase all together!
Its going well overall, the clearly marked cycle lanes next to all the roads out here makes running a breeze, compared to running on the UK main roads, it’s incredibly safe and means you can pretty much switch off from the traffic, a much welcomed relief.
Im feeling stronger, finding it easier to make my target miles most days, and finally managing to sleep in my tent, stealth/wild camping (camping without permission and leaving before being discovered in the morning) takes some getting used to, and by its very nature is fairly scary, but realistically you get a feeling for where to camp after a while and the worse you can expect is to be disturbed by a dog walker, or an less than pleased/confused farmer in the morning. Camping near urban areas especially at the weekend is a bit more risky.
Today I’m sorting out my electronics, and data bundle issues, my PowerTraveller solar panels and batteries work great but being in a rush and never being one for reading the instructions, I’d left important parts of the cable system in the box in the Uk meaning I could only ever charge 1 USB device at a time, not useful when every device is USB powered by design.
So charging my phone for mapping has taken nearly all my juice each day, powering a data connection on the second phone and ipad hasn’t been possible most days.
Now I have the correct cable systems I can look forward to using the PowerTraveller tools to their full potential, giving me more than enough power to update my blog regularly and finally listen to some music while running, 500 miles of running with nothing to listen to but your own thoughts is a lot tougher than listening to a few good albums each day!
Ran through a little village named Meer the other day, it had the 50km speed limit sign next to the village sign.
A great coincidence as I’d started to realise that most days I see the 50km sign several times a day, on my mission to run 50km each day! Running 50km a day is no “Meer” feat so I grabbed a photo!