Nationale Bloesem Wandeltocht (National Spring hike) 2014 by Red Cross


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Every spring, Red Cross organizes a hike in Geldermalsen near Utrecht. Our group has been participating every year from 2009. This will be our 6th time in a row :) Check out our last year's event: http://www.meetup.com/NL-Adventurers/events/104420142/


You can choose one of the tracks: 8, 15, 25 or 40KM. Most of us do the 25KM track. It takes about 6 hours. It is an excellent track with great arrangements on the way! You can find more details about the hike in the links below. Please register online (EN version available). Cost € 6.50.

http://www.rodekruisbloesemtocht.nl/

http://www.rodekruisbloesemtocht.nl/ticket+bestellen/

 

* After registering online, you'll get the registration receipt by email. Do not forget to get a printout of the registration receipt.

* If you are going by train from Amsterdam Centraal, you'll have to change at Utrecht. Special additional services will be added from Utrecht to Geldermalsen. For more travel details, see: http://www.rodekruisbloesemtocht.nl/menu+left/Bereikbaarheid/

* From the Geldermalsen station to the starting point, it's a 5 min walk. There will be lot of signs and tons of people going towards that location; so you just can't miss it!

* Note that there'll be a huge crowd on that day. PLEASE note my number: 0[masked]. Without the contact number, it'll be practically impossible to coordinate/locate each other!

* Meeting point: the big shoe near the entrance at 09:15http://www.meetup.com/NL-Adventurers/photos/14403482/228006022/   This shoe is on the way from the train station (or parking place) to the START tent. It's so big that you cannot miss it :)


* Don't forget the usual stuff: camera, sandwich, drinks, sun glasses etc

* With such a big group, it is practically impossible to keep the whole group together or guide you all along the entire route.         So take care that you are together with at least some of our members (Brabant or Netherland group MIX) you will find out very soon who has more or less the same tempo as you ;)

 And Each route will be well marked with separate colours like this: http://www.meetup.com/NL-Adventurers/photos/889280/14424943/#[masked]  Normally you should not have any problem in following them of your own. In some cases, you might see arrows pointing at two different directions for the SAME route. That is because you'll be crossing that junction twice. Look out for the signs "1e doorkomst" & "2e doorkomst". They indicate which direction to follow the first time & the second time. Again, if you are confused, ask somebody. They'll be more than happy to guide you :) In the past, there have been instances where people didn't pay attention to this sign and just walking around in a loop :)

* Do not forget to buy the ticket online and get a print out. There'll be a big queue if you are trying to buy on the spot and we cannot wait for you.

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  • Sarmauli M.

    had great fun meeting new people and catching up w- familiar faces..thanks Venkat, great event as always !! til next time..

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Venkat

    Thanks for the great turn up guys. My nightmare of big shoe disappearing indeed became true (what psychic powers) Hope you all had fun today. Sorry, couldn't reply to some of your SMS / calls; just too many people :( See you at next meetup :)

    5 · April 12, 2014

    • Venkat

      Oh, btw, the magic drink that some of you got at the end is the home-made http://en.wikipedia.o...­ from Eszter :)

      April 12, 2014

    • Jayant

      It was great fun!! Thanks a lot Venkat!!

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • Elia

    I was there but didnt saw you all!... :-(((

    April 12, 2014

  • Kasia

    Thanks to all for a nice day! 1000 thanks to Venkat ;-)

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Claire

      Thank you, Venkat for organizing this hike!

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • Ivan

    That was fun. Reallly enjoy it.

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Venkat

    April 12, 2014

  • Eszter

    Thabks guys. Was again a huge fun. !!!!

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Venkat

      Thanks for the Palinka :)

      April 12, 2014

    • Eszter

      Anytime. Enjoy tye rest of the weekend see you sooooooooon :-)

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • Elia

    Cant find you guys!!!

    April 12, 2014

    • Venkat

      Did you finally manage to find the group?

      April 12, 2014

  • Aurore D.

    Thanks again Venkat for organizing this meetup! Sorry 15 kms girls to have spluts the group in 2: the guys couldn t get slower any longer :) we really enjoyed the bloesem and the good weather! Cheers everyone!!!

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Venkat

      Thanks for coordinating the 15KM group. Couldn't meet you at the end. See you next time :)

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • Venkat

    Rust wat. Near the water.

    April 12, 2014

  • Rebeca

    I could'nt make it today. See you next time!

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Yolanda M.

    Where did you guys go??

    April 12, 2014

  • Eszter

    We sre at the station coming :)

    April 12, 2014

    • Aurore D.

      We are coming by car and will be there arround 9h20...see you there :)

      April 12, 2014

    • Eszter

      Guys they removed tge big shoe we are close to the entrance

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • Sandeep V.

    Sorry guys can not join :(

    April 12, 2014

  • Octavian

    Hey folks! For those living in Amsterdam - how about meeting at CS (next to Hema) at 7:50 am to go to Geldermalsen together?

    See you on Sat! :)

    3 · April 10, 2014

    • Octavian

      On the way. Be there in 5. Sorry

      April 12, 2014

    • Yolanda M.

      We are alredy in the 8:07 train with Dunia and Anand. See you at the start!

      April 12, 2014

  • Venkat

    Ready for the bid day, folks? After talking about the Big Shoe so much, I even had a nightmare about it: that they removed it this year and we have a tough time finding each other ;) See you all soon :)

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Aurore D.

      Haha! goodmorning!!! I dreamed I was stok with car on a d88 road with fuel ;) that will not happen even! See you @the big shoe!!!

      April 12, 2014

    • Eszter

      I am ready :) Venkat yoy shouldn't drink that much it is harmful for you :-P

      1 · April 12, 2014

  • Aurore D.

    Happy to join again :) i will be there for a 15 km again

    2 · March 1, 2014

    • Aurore D.

      Really nice to see you saturday :) we are only 4 doing 15 kms. I propose that we meet at the shoe outside the park. Last year it was a lot a people inside the warehouse. Would you be there @9h30 or 10h? We are coming by train to avoid any delay. It went smoothly last time.

      April 8, 2014

    • rhiannon

      Hey there, just finished a 13 hour work day, got home 10:30pm. Got Octavian's number so will text him if I don't make it so he can let you all know there's no point waiting...

      April 11, 2014

  • Kerem

    I can

    April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone carpooling from around A'dam?

    April 11, 2014

    • Octavian

      Ok so now we're not good enough for you? Is that what you're saying? :)

      2 · April 11, 2014

    • Yolanda M.

      She wants VIP service :)

      1 · April 11, 2014

  • Sarmauli M.

    Registered for 25 KM, I am driving from Nijmegen, so if anybody is coming from the area, send me a message we can carpool to Geldermalsen.

    1 · April 11, 2014

  • Venkat

    Hi people, I've updated the event details. PLEASE READ the whole instruction on this page carefully :) And don't forget to note down my mobile number.

    April 9, 2014

    • Aurore D.

      Haha! Hope we can catch up after the walk too :) see you saturday!

      1 · April 9, 2014

    • rhiannon

      Might have to work Saturday, hoping not, but otherwise see you all there :-)

      1 · April 10, 2014

  • Elia

    Can I bring my dogs?...

    April 7, 2014

    • Venkat

      Elia, I wouldn't recommend it. The fist few KMs will be so crowded that we ourselves will find it difficult to walk comfortably. Bad weather might reduce the crowd, but then the place will be muddy and I guess not good for your dogs :( From their FAQ:
      Mag de hond mee?
      De veilinghallen maken deel uit van een bedrijf waar voedsel verwerkt wordt, daarom mag uw hond absoluut NIET in de hallen komen!
      U kunt uw hond voor een beperkte duur onder toezicht van onze vrijwilligers in een bench plaatsen wanneer u het startbewijs koopt in de hal. Laat wel uw mobiele nummer achter bij de 'hondenpost'!
      Op het parcours is uw hond toegestaan mits kort aangelijnd.
      U komt op particuliere terreinen, de hond mag daar absoluut niet los lopen.
      Zorgt u voor hondenpoepzakjes?

      April 7, 2014

    • Elia

      Ok. Thanks for the information! Will not bring them!
      Am going to do the 15 K.
      See you all there!

      1 · April 8, 2014

  • Umut D.

    Finally I also decided on 15 km instead of 25. No need to push so hard after a long break. See you soon guys

    April 8, 2014

  • Parthiv M.

    I have registered for the 25 km walk. Anyone else in the same walk?

    April 6, 2014

    • Venkat

      See comments below. Most of us :)

      1 · April 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, This time next week we will be resting our legs after having walked the Nationale Bloesem Wandeltocht.
    My boyfriend and I have signed up for the 40Km. Is anyone else walking this route?
    Bye for now. x

    1 · April 6, 2014

    • Venkat

      More typos! I understand you are trying your best to get on http://www.damnyouaut...­ but meh... not good enough ;)

      1 · April 6, 2014

    • Eszter

      ROFL :)))))

      1 · April 6, 2014

  • Efi

    If anyone would like to share a ride from den haag/rotterdam/delft let me know!! thanks!

    April 5, 2014

  • Venkat

    To avoid the Nordic walkers with sticks, we'll be doing the Parcours West:
    http://www.rodekruisbloesemtocht.nl/menu+left/Afstanden/

    Note that the ticket prices are the same irrespective of the distance and parcourse. Don't forget to buy the ticket online, so that you can avoid standing in a long queue on the day of the event.
    http://www.rodekruisbloesemtocht.nl/ticket+bestellen/

    April 3, 2014

  • Eszter

    Hahaah, now i registered on time :D

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • Sandy

    Sorery will be abroad...Have fun!

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • rhiannon

    Anyone else up for the 25k... although I've not walked all year and might not manage it!

    1 · March 18, 2014

    • Sandy

      ;0( ok will do my best and train before ...

      March 19, 2014

    • Umut D.

      I am also thinking on 25 km. it will be my first long walk after a few years

      March 19, 2014

  • Yolanda M.

    Registration completed. Confirmed, confirmed :)

    2 · March 11, 2014

  • Melissa

    I have to change to no because of a work trip. Sorry to miss it!

    March 9, 2014

  • Devin B.

    Sounds like a fun day. I'm looking at the tickets and not sure which to take. I suppose it's the one of the "West" ones. Does everybody need to take the same tickets to walk together?

    If other people are interested in the 40KM walk it might be a nice challenge.

    January 6, 2014

  • Géraldine

    It sounds nice. Red cross; is there a 'goede doel' behind?

    January 5, 2014

  • Jaideep

    Hello Venkat - thanks for setting this up. Sounds like fun! I'll be there with a friend and my chocolate lab. Looking forward to it :-)

    1 · January 5, 2014

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