Utrecht was a much cooler city than Amsterdam. It is only 45 km away and is their largest university city. The tourists are missing and I find the general vibe is just more to my liking. It helps they also have the coolest church and clock tower I have ever seen. It was built, if I recall in the 13th century. The gargoyles were fantastic. The courtyard even had a metal plate covering a passage that was left unlocked! I wanted to explore but the people with me were opposed to it…
Our living accommodations were in the suburb Lunetten. Sam, a host from the previous year, exiled 4 roommates and we spent the night sleeping all across the tiny 3 story university student apartment. He cooked us a lentil soup that was vegetarian, since he himself was, and provided 5 or 6 round loaves of bread. He spent the night at his girlfriend’s place and cane back at 7 am to get breakfast out for us, which he also purchased! He was an amazing guy and did so much for us.
We left for Ede, again a very short 45 or 50 km away. I rode only with Camron who wanted to ride quickly. Everyone else was afraid to ride with me because they thought I would set too fast of a pace. I’m really not interested in going that fast so hopefully I cab convince them. He ended up so focused on going fast that we continually missed turns by many kilometers an kept getting farther and farther off course. The only thing that saved us was that his iPhone, although without service, could stil use the towers to locate us on a preloaded map. Stopping to ask directions we got a cute Dutch girl’s phone number to take us out with her friend that she was visiting in Ede. Finally, after 72 km we wandered onto the army base where we were staying in an unused barracks facility. The accommodations were amazing: we actually had beds.
The amenities expanded to include a ropes course, that we were kicked off of; an entire pre WW1 abandoned section of base; thousands of gallons of unlocked gas in 5 gallon containers; and agility course; and a night with NCOs in their make shift private bar. Good times. Tomorrow Germany. (I wrote this a while ago and just got to post. I am in Goslar now and will update again ASAP)