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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Day 4

Newton to Osceola 124km or 77 miles
The clouds were back this morning, but no rain so far.
We got up around 7 am because the local reporter would be there at 8 am and we wanted to get on the road right after that. The interview went well and I’m becoming a professional model for the picture.
Back on the bike, off towards Pella, the little Dutch town complete with windmill, people in traditional Dutch clothing and canals. It’s weird to ride into an American town and see a working windmill turning above the houses!
We visited the local newspaper, the editor promised to run the press release in next week paper. Than we got some coffee and tea with some excellent snickers cheesecake.
Next the Vermeer Mill, I told the lady my connections with Verbij, which gave me the special treatment and an option to climb up all the way into the top. I talked with the miller for a while and we shared the love for windmills.
Than it was time to go down and find Peet getting her own private tour of the miniature village and museum from a friendly volunteer in original “Groningsche klederdracht”.
A few pictures later we were back on the road towards Osceola. The wind was picking up and starting to drive me nuts, as were the rolling and rolling and rolling hills. Who ever said that Iowa was flat, never tried to ride their bike through this State!
Luckily I finally got to go east and the wind started blowing me into the right direction. We had a short lunch at the side of the road and than speeded on, to try and beat the rain. Peet left me to find reception and yet an other free night stay and I finished the day riding.
We are staying at the Terrible’s Lakeside Casino in Osceola, complete with free dinner. The only thing they asked us to do is the sign up for the Player card, so we did. They gave us a free T-shirt or baseball cap and a $5 play card. So off to the $1 machine we went and at my first try I won $30! So it looks like we’ll have free breakfast as well tomorrow, nice!
Now we’re ready to turn of the lights, I hope tomorrow won’t bring the storm they predict!


  • At 2:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    He Dames,

    met zo'n Dutch village mag er ook best een Dutch comment bij. We volgen jullie op de voet, zo te lezen gaat alles prima. Veel succes, en vooral, veel plezier.

  • At 2:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Leuk om jullie zo te volgen! Heel veel succes en plezier.

    Groetjes Helga en Marjon (vriendinnen Petra)

  • At 4:55 AM, Anonymous Edina Housewife said…

    I saw Nia at work yesterday and can vouch for her excellent mobility! What an amazing adventure this has become. It has been fun to talk with others in rehab who are also tracking your journey. Remember you are not riding alone...we are all rooting for you.

  • At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Annemiek, you are awesome and Peet can line up lodging for me anytime I go somewhere!! The clinic folks are all tracking you on your journey and are sending good vibes everyday!!! Keep it up.

    Happy Trails through the rolling hills of Iowa. May your tires stay full! Sarah Black

  • At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Visualize me holding a big dry erase board along one of those Iowa Hills...it says "go Annemiek go"
    Lisa K


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