Posts From Netherlands


Finding a campground in Amsterdam (Uitdam, Netherlands)

Journal entry for Friday 14th Aug, 2015 (day 571, miles 15739)

Yesterday we started the 700 km haul to Amsterdam. It was an uneventful and somewhat boring day of driving German motorways and by the end we had covered 450 km. We spent the night at another truck stop near the town of Osnabruck perhaps 50 kms from the German/Dutch border.

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Amsterdam I (Beesd, Netherlands)

Journal entry for Sunday 16th Aug, 2015 (day 573, miles 15789)

Yesterday (Sat 15th) we made the trek into Amsterdam for some sightseeing. The travel was a bit of a chore as we had a 1 mile walk to a bus stop and a 40 minute bus ride to get to Amsterdam central station. We have not visited this city since 1976/77 and unfortunately in that time memories have faded a bit so today was a bit like visiting a new city.

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Adventure-Trucks, Amsterdam city camp (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Journal entry for Monday 17th Aug, 2015 (day 574, miles 15739)

We spent much of the day with Erik discussing various aspects of our truck and trucks in general. Towards the end of the day Erik led us to a local supplier of truck seats where we chose two new seats for our yellow beast. They will be ready (we hope) in about 6 weeks. Some time before then we will drop the truck back at Erik's place where they will be installed.

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Hook of Holland Ferry (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Journal entry for Wednesday 19th Aug, 2015 (day 576, miles 15925)

Yesterday (Tues 18th) was devoted to a short family get together. Nina's sister Donna and her husband Chris (plus their friends Max and Karen) were in town for a couple of days at the start of a boat trip from Amsterdam to Budapest. Thus we spent much of the day with them sightseeing (with somewhat of a focus on the red light district, at least in the photographs) and then a very interesting canal cruise with dinner in the evening.

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Leave the truck with Eric (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

Journal entry for Tuesday 13th Oct, 2015 (day 631, miles 18684)

Yesterday evening we caught the ferry from Harwich to "Hook of Holland", it was entirely uneventful and a comfortable cabin afforded us a good nights sleep. From the ferry we had a drive of a few hours to Erik's house (Erik is the man behind adventure-trucks.com) where we are leaving the truck while we are in Ireland. Thereafter a taxi to a hotel at Eindhoven airport. There were only two surprises in the day. The first was the cold. It was between 3 and 4°C, definitely a sign that winter is on the way. The second was that Arno (Erik's parter in Expedition-Trucks was at Erik's place. We met Arno in Greece in early 2014 after corresponding with him during our 2013 Iran adventure.

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Back in Europe (Venlo, Netherlands)

Journal entry for Wednesday 15th Mar, 2017 (day 1, miles 69610)

We flew into Amsterdam last night and stayed in an airport hotel to allow some of the jet-lag to wash away and then this morning took a train to Eindhoven and taxi to our friend Erik's place (the power behind adventure-trucks.com) in the little village of Sint-Michielsgestel where our yellow GXV has been stored for more than a year.

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Park and Ride (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

Journal entry for Monday 8th May, 2017 (day 55, miles 74172)

Today marked the end of the long trek from the south and while we are not yet in Zeebrugge the long driving is over and now we start concentrating on preparing the vehicle for shipping. One aspect of that preparation is the repair of an oil leak in the left rear axle hub. This started a few weeks ago and needs to be fixed before we get to the port as the shippers will not accept a vehicle with visible oil leaks. So we are back in the Eindhoven area as Erik at Adventure Trucks has arrange for the fix to be done at a local truck repair. However we arrived in the area a day early and decided to stay in another aires for two nights and spend some of that time repacking the junk that has accumulated over the 4 years since the truck was last at our house.

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Park and Ride (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

Journal entry for Tuesday 9th May, 2017 (day 56, miles 74172)

As well as the repacking some sightseeing of Eindhoven and the area around our parking lot was on the agenda. Of course no photos of the repacking only the sightseeing. The Dutch are into bicycles like no other country we have ever visited. The photos of the bicycle parking lot is astounding but very common. On our walk around the town Nina noticed many outdoor markets selling cloth in bulk and commented that with all this cloth for sale there must be a lot of people (presumably mostly women) making clothes. Something that was common in our childhood but rare now, at least where we come from.

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Hotel and vehicle repairs ('s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)

Journal entry for Wednesday 10th May, 2017 (day 57, miles 74222)

This morning we dropped into the truck repair place in Sint Michielsgestel and hung around for a few hours while the left rear hub was partly dismantled. Sure enough the outer oil seal was leaking. So new parts are required and that means an overnight (at least) stay in a hotel is required. Erik helped us find a place in a local town ... wait for it 's-Hertogenbosh. Thats where we are tonight.

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