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Vierhouten is a hamlet in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. It is located in a recreational area referred to as “The Veluwe”, with hotels, restaurants, campgrounds and a network of bicycle trails. Vierhouten could be translated as “Four woods”, as it is surrounded by large forested ares with beach trees, oak and conifers.



Vierhouten Ice Cream Store

Vierhouten Ice Cream Store

We stayed in town for two days for a family reunion to  talk  with relatives, play board games, ride bicycles and visit the Kroller Muller museum.

On one trip we stopped for lunch at the Cannenburgh Castle, just long enough to make this sketch. On that day we travelled about 40 kilometers at a leisurely pace varying from 10 km/h to 20 km/h.



What makes bike riding an attractive mode of transportation is that the dedicated trails lead through rural and foresred areas isolating bike riders for the most part from vehicular traffic. Although most people have cars, for the local population a commuting distance of 10 to 20 kilometers is not unusual.


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