June 19, 2014
Another great bldg from bicycledutch
Originally posted on BICYCLE DUTCH:
People walking and cycling dominate Visstraat in the historic city centre of ʼs-Hertogenbosch. Until the late 1990s this was an ordinary street designed for motor traffic, but since then it has become one of the very few examples of ‘Shared Space’ in the Netherlands (that I know of) that does seem to work.
Visstraat and the adjacent Vismarkt (Fish Street and Fish Market) are exactly what they are…
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A couple of weeks ago, Andrew Watts put up a Facebook post, just for a giggle, about riding from the Homegrain Bakery in Aldinga, to the Homegrown Bakery in McLaren Vale. Now, most casual observers know from the easiest of observations, that cyclists like their coffee, an easy to deduce fact by the number of bikes at any decent coffee shop, but there’s also quite a number of us who just so happen to love bakeries. We don’t ride with the Fatboys, we just are fat boys!
I think Wattsy was quite surprised by the responses to this post. A number of us jumped onto it straight away, forever keen to taste test a new bakery outside of our normal riding routes. So with very minimal encouragement from the early respondents, Wattsy’s giggle of a ride became an actual event, complete with ride rules that laid end on end would have stretched possibly about as far as we rode! The final idea was that we would each donate $5.00 as an entry fee, which would be accumulated and passed on to the Mental Illness Fellowship of SA, (MIFSA)., and follow the signs that Wattsy had placed to lead us on our way.
They came from near and far to join in this ride, with Mick coming in from Ingle Farm, having left home shortly after his son arrived home from a quiet night out, to Wattsy, having pretty much just rolled out of bed and landed at the starting point. Ten of us rode out from the start, including Annabelle, who at two years old is pushing her dad Geoff up the hills from the comfort of her Weehoo.
The ride was great fun, and all who joined in, rode it as it was planned to be, a fun ride with friends on some lovely quiet roads. The main rule was that a bakery item had to be eaten at the Aldinga bakery, another item at the McLaren Vale bakery, and then a third item at the Aldinga bakery on our return. I believe Wattsy may have been the only one to follow his rules to the letter, and hats off to him for eating three pies before lunch, whilst the rest of us settled for donuts, croissants, cream cakes, sausage rolls, donut holes and of course, the mandatory consumption of coffee.
Wattsy had even gone to the extent of having a trophy made up for the day, which was easily won by Annabelle, dedicated to our great mate Robert Rau, aka Chewie (Chewy), who is not only one of the nicest guys you’ll meet who rides crazy distances every year, but is also quite the master of the fang. It was sad that Robert had to work today, or I’m sure he would have been out there with us, and helping make the days takings for these bakeries so much better!
We covered a massive 35km, consumed possibly our own body weight in baked goods, rode up some hills, rolled down some more, and had an absolute blast. We all enjoyed it so much, that we have already started to encourage Wattsy to do it again next year!
Many thanks for a fantastic ride Wattsy, and many thanks to Emma and B for being the support vehicle for our fun little adventure. Great riding with you Wattsy, Chris, Andrew, Zippy, Emma, Annabelle, Mick, Brett and Mark.