It was indeed a very engaging, meaningful and mostly enjoyable trip.
I swallowed a bug while cycling and ended up with a chest-infection that ruined sleeping for me and "others" within earshot.
We got caught out in a thunderstorm on our way back from the marina/port of Scheveningen and we were absolutely soaked through.
However, a stunning and successful "Escape from Den Hague" [soon to be a major motion picture] was achieved with the combined use of Google Maps AND standard cycling maps. Usually we find ourselves going around in circles in the "black-hole" that is den-Hague
In essence Paul & I reprised the trip of 2017 when He, John and I ventured there as a trio (see picture below).
I left some of John's ashes in most of the places we visited (as Paul has said).
One of the goals of John's planned visit to Holland in 2019 (before his untimely demise) had been to visit a roadside café that he had nicknamed "Basils" (after Basil Fawlty) where in 2017 we had met the owner who was a Monty Python fan. John had bought some Python related T-Shirts withthe "Dead Parrot" sketch on them and wanted to present one to "Basil".
So Paul & I visited the Café and were surprised to discover that they instantly remembered us from 2017 and the owner was summoned by his wife to come and speak with us.
We told them all about John's sad demise and his wish for us to carry out the T-Shirt Delivery and Jan (Basil) donned the shirt and offered to let us leave some of John's ashes in the garden.
It was a very kind and generous gesture and I am not ashamed to say that a few manly tears were shed by me for the loss of my friend.
So, now John resides in several places in Holland.
- On the LF1 at the site of a Café where we all enjoyed a beer in the hot Sun (as Paul has shown above).
- At "Basil's" Cafe (in fact it is called the Bij-de-Bouvrow) where in 2017 we arrived with John playing the "Liberty Bell March" on his bike's stereo that prompted the owner to declare his fondness for "Python".
- At the Delftse Houte camping site (where we all stayed in 2017).
- At the Vlietland camping site
- In the town square of Delft itself.
What's left of John's ashes came back home with me, and will be distributed along the ride he enjoyed with me and in my garden where we sat and enjoyed many drinks together.