Here we go again

by Mark on November 10, 2014 · 0 comments


I know what you’re thinking.

How’s this going to affect next years cycle trip?

I’ll let you know as soon as I have an answer.



The loss of the gloves a couple of days beforehand must have affected my judgement.

In a rash move I binned the old trainers I’d been wearing for the past week and checked out of my hotel in Rotterdam.

The weather was great, and it meant I could leave my panniers at the hotel for the day before setting off for Hoek can Holland.

I didn’t want the hassle of getting changed back into cycle gear for the last few miles.

It was all perfectly fine bombing round town in flip flops, but by the time I got 10k into the ride to Hoek my dogs were seriously barking.

Never again.

Not only that, but having convinced myself I couldn’t possibly get lost I relaxed and managed to achieve just that within 5 minutes of setting off.

Rather than backtracking I persevered, with the result that I added at least 10km to the 23km route it took last time I cycled between the same two points.

Not only do my feet hurt, but my flip flops are ruined.

I finally made it to the beach at the end of the Rhine for a closing photo (you can tell because the bike is pointing the opposite way).


I may have had rubbish strategies for gloves and trainers on the trip, but I made no mistake when it came to the cheese and sirop waffles.

Last stop before the ferry was a trip to Albert Heijn to stock up.

I still didn’t fancy that Stena Line cooked breakfast.

Miles today: 19.54
Total for the trip: 419.26



We signed up for a free trial of Netflix this week, but might not have done had we foreseen the trouble it would cause.

At this point I should point out that none of the trouble related directly to Netflix, but the much underused PS3 that sits underneath my television gathering dust for 51 weeks of the year.

I earn my living working for a software and data company, and while I’m a long way from being a programmer, I’d still like to think that over the course of my career this has imbued me with a smidgin of technicality.

Perhaps not enough to make dealing with Playstation easy.

On firing it up, I quickly realised two things. Firstly we’ve changed internet provider (and router) since I last used it, so needed to reconnect to the home wifi network, and secondly we do not have the Netflix app so would need to download it.

On most devices these would be fairly simple operations.

I will spare you a blow-by-blow account, but after a series of instructions ranging from the slightly ambiguous to downright inaccurate, two software upgrades and a password reset (for which I had to use the Macbook) – we finally managed to get the thing working with almost enough time left to watch a film whilst it was still Saturday evening.

Isn’t this sort of technology supposed to be easy?

It is a good time to be trialling Netflix.

They’ve started spending some serious money on their own exclusive content, and Chloe’s just left work to begin her maternity leave.

So we had just got Netflix working when she suggested that it would be a good idea to set up the BT Vision box as well.

I realised she was joking after I had made my feelings on the subject very clear.

Speaking of babies, you would have to have been living under a stone not to notice that we have had a Royal one since I last wrote a blog post. I liked the headline in Private Eye the best:

Woman has baby

It just about sums up my own level of excitement, however we were a bit worried that the choice of name might preclude one of the options on our own [incredibly] short list.

Thankfully we were able to breathe a sigh of relief, having never considered the possibility of naming Mk2 after a baby on EastEnders.

I think King George has more of a ring to it than King Kevin anyway.





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