My experiences with thru-hiking

Fruity Bread

Posted in Hiking GR5, 1500 miles across Europe by onefootatatime on May 12, 2009

May 08 2009

May 08 2009

Woke up this morning and had a cup of coffee with Esmeralda, before setting out for Ouddorp. She’s driving around the Netherlands with her car and caravan, and camping. She’s been carting her bikes with her, because she’s a long-distance cyclist, and she’s heading towards the hillier side of Netherlands for her practice. We talk about triathlons and Austin for a bit. She’s also prepared some fruity bread with butter for me. Today, she is headed to Maaschrict.

I’ve had bad luck so far, trying to get a Euro plug for the computer and other provisions. By the time I get to a town, most of the shops are closed.

My pinky toe blister is completely torn up and bleeding and more blisters have formed on both feet. You can’t stop the blisters, there’s only blister management.

Need to get bandages and moleskin!

I finally hobbled my way to Ouddorp, and had to walk another five kilometers to the campsite. The owner’s son promises me to give me a ride back to the trail tomorrow morning. There’s a truck riding around the place selling fruits and vegetables and such. It’s a grocery store on wheels.

I had to walk across a long dam to get to Ouddorp. The dams connect all the provinces on the west side of the Netherlands. They protect the area from the North Sea. Some parts are literally below sea level.

Just as expected the shops are closed. Apparently, they close at six end of day.



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