We have arrived safely in Europe. Yesterday we drove from Frankfurt to Amsterday in a VW Golf station wagon - bigger than the american Golf. The bike boxes fit easily in the back. Also, the bikes are together and unharmed. We've been biking on dutch bikes around town with one of our great hosts, Pete. He seems to know everything that you could possibly think to ask about Amsterdam. Particularly if it pertains to bike culture.
Perhaps this is why some people take there socks off in the plane.
Washing his wheels on the wet bridge.
Another of our great hosts, Farris, just yesterday made the momentous decision to become a bike racer when he grows up. And he is starting to grow up right away. He will be 4 years old in a day or two and this hat was made especially for that occasion. Apparently Farris likes birds. And apparently that's a bird.
One more great host needs to be mentioned: Amy. She is the bike mechanic among the hosts. We feel pretty lucky to have friends with a bike shop in Amsterdam. One thing I did not mention about the bikes is that the seat binder bolt for the Colnago somehow did not make the trip with us. Of course, Colnagos have odd-sized seat tubes and require a special bolt. Amy found a quick release style seat post clamp that fit. Thank you Amy.
Off to France tomorrow.