My big SOTM adventure

Posted by NicRoets on 27 July 2009 in English (English)

High points :
* Cycling in the Netherlands and Belgium during the summer is awesome ! It's flat and cyclists often have right of way, so you almost never need to brake. And the views !
* Gosmore & Openstreetmap worked quite well.
* Meeting the other OSM addicts.
* Having so many friends who were willing to help.

Low points :
* Delayed luggage.
* Money stolen
* Finding so many youth hostels full. I guess all of the students are traveling because none of them can find vacation work.
* Puncturing 13km from the airport.
* Lufthansa wanting 130 euro to send my bicycle home. Hello ! To send a human works out at only 315 euro (which includes taxes), so how can they justify that ? Book it into first class or something ??

Location: Bergschenhoek, Lansingerland, South Holland, Netherlands, The Netherlands

Comment from Claudomiro on 27 July 2009 at 21:59


Thats quite a trip!

Congratulations my friend!

Comment from malenki on 27 July 2009 at 22:11

Camp in the wild. No nagging ppl, nice nature. :)
Other airlines fly your bike for ~25 EUR. Condor pe.

Nice journey I say, too.

Comment from SB79 on 27 July 2009 at 22:12

Really cool. ;-) Just a minor question: How did you manage to get this great map with your track visualized? Would love to do the same but don't know which application to use...

Comment from NicRoets on 28 July 2009 at 07:50

First I joined all the GPX logs into one big file (many ways to do that, e.g. gpsbabel convert to csv and back). Then I uploaded it to and made a screen shot.

Comment from SB79 on 28 July 2009 at 11:17

Thank you! :-)

Comment from malenki on 28 July 2009 at 12:41

SB79, you can make a overlay from any gpx-track. See for example :)
I had to simplify the tracks to 1 point/750 metres, otherwise the browser has too much to do.

Comment from Riccardo Stagni on 28 July 2009 at 13:47

to merge tracks with gpsbabel you could do
gpsbabel -i gpx -f file1.gpx -f file2.gpx -f etc... -o gpx -F merged.gpx

Comment from NicRoets on 28 July 2009 at 19:46

Yes, I do occasionally get away and in contact with nature. Like this trip from 2006 :

Comment from malenki on 28 July 2009 at 21:28

Nic Roets, I did not mean: go to $country and have a nap there, but just sleep at any place you like outdoors.

Login to leave a comment