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One hand on the handlebar, one eye on the road.

During my bike trip, after a while, with the camera in the handlebar bag, I couldn't help starting some experimenting, trying to capture my own shadow and a lot of motion blur on the road. Shouldn't be too difficult, as my shadow went as fast as I went ;-) This is the one I liked best, it was not easy, 1/25 second with only one hand for the camera.
So, this is the way I prefer to see my bike BTW, four bags + the handlebar bag for the camera, a tent, cooking stuff, and food for the day, or two days.
Biking in the Netherlands is quite fun, (mostly flat, except for the south), especially when you have a good description of where you want to go. We had, and we were led to the very rural areas of the Netherlands, often on small roads, no tarmac, just gravel roads. And although the Netherlands are very small and densily populated (482 on a square kilometer, Mongolia where I was last year: 1,7 per square kilometer), there are still many areas where it is rather quiet. Places to stay, campgrounds, are usually no problem, as many farmers are allowed to have a small campground. This is a development of the last 10-15 years, and nowadays a lot of farmers do nothing else anymore. Due to very strict regulations concerning the environment: only a certain amount of emission of ammonia, only allowed to produce a certain amount of milk (milk quota), many farmers just had to quit, sell most of their land, and the milk quota. So, many find this a great way to stay into some business somehow.

"I want to ride my bicycle". Song by the British Rockgroup Queen.

Converted to BW, curves, brightness and contrast, no cropping. I preferred to leave a bit of my leg and the left bag in the frame, others may have a different opinion.
Enjoy my bike ride!

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