Last weekend Dwight and I went up to s’Hertogenbosch, Nederlands for the weekend. I really wanted to go to Amsterdam but it was essentially sold out because it was Easter weekend and he didn’t know he had the weekend off until last minute. So, laying in bed Saturday morning (with me having come in from wine country the night before), we came across s’Hertogenbosch and found a great place to stay. As usual, on our way up there, I was in search of one of the many many National Parks Europe has so we could get a run in before checking into the hotel. And without much searching, there was one within 10 km of the hotel and into the trails we went.
It was wet, muddy, debris all over the ground because of the storm the week before, but it was fun and beautiful!
We finally made it to the hotel only to find that we had a room over looking the square…. We did not see that coming! We admired, showered, dressed and headed out. As we wondered around town drinking wine, eating snacks and finally finding a place to eat that wasn’t going to be 200 euros, I came up with a master plan for the following day. I told Dwight that we should wake up in the morning and drive up to Leiden to have lunch and then ride all around the Dutch shore area to see the tulips. Anyone know that look guys give you that pretty much says “ok, I really really really don’t want to do that but I am going to appease you on this because it looks like you really want to do that” look?
Yeah, I got that one but we were still going to go ride through the tulips!!!
It was a really great day. The guy who gave me the look was actually enjoying himself. At that point I totally called him out on him not wanting to go and the classic response “I never SAID I didn’t want to do this”. Yup.
It was awesome! The smell of the tulips were amazing. It even got Dwight to head out into the fields. You know, that guy who was doing me a favor ;).
Everywhere we biked there were tulips, snap dragons and daffodils ranging from pink, purple, orange, red, yellow, white, blue – you name it and it was there. The wind was strong so even if we couldn’t see them, we could smell them.
There did come a point that Dwight was over the tulip looking thing (I kinda was too) but I didn’t want to stop riding, where as he wanted to turn around. It dawned on me at that point that it was a reversal of what it’s like when we are out on the trails. I’m the one wanting to cut it shorter, where when on the bike, I want to go longer. It was one of those weird aha moments. I was able to talk him into continuing on because I did want to ride up to the North Sea…. Is anyone seeing a theme for this day? I got us there and it was, well, an ocean. Pretty anti-climatic. However, I did find us this most awesome bike path/road along the coast all the way back. It was smack dab right through the giant sand dunes of the Dutch shore! It was super cool!
It was truly a great day!!
On our way back to Schwelm on Monday we swung down to another national park that was on the Belgium border to ride and run some more because apparently, that’s what we do.
The Tour de Tulips weekend was a smashing success!!!