Susan & Richard's European Adventure 2013 travel blog

Free white bikes in park

Sue on her white bike in Hoge Veluwe National Park

Talk about slow travel, we've been on the road now for 16 days and have only put 220 miles on the camper. We are pretty much traveling from one town to the next. Today we made it to the Hoge Veluwe National Park. It is one of the largest open space areas in western Europe but is small compared to the huge parks we have in the U.S. To discourage people from using their cars, the park has over 1700 free bikes to use. Just find one that fits and off you go. The bikes are definitely "cruisers"; heavy, big, coaster brakes, and only one gear. Every bike has a child seat on the back, perfect for carrying your baby or backpack. The bikes work well because the terrain in this park is flat. We rode about 15 miles through the park and lived on the "edge" as we did not wear our bike helmets. Hardly anyone wears a helmet in this country. When we do wear ours, everyone knows we are tourists.

The national park is known for its ancient sand dunes and wildlife of deer and wild boar, both of which we saw when on our bike ride. We camped in the park tonight.

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