July 22, 2012

July 22, 2012

Hi all.

I am in Amsterdam enjoying a room without 6 other men snoring.  The swelling and blisters are settling down now.

Nijmegen is probably one of the most challenging things I have ever done.  The combination of the distances, pack weight and lack of sleep really pushed me pass existing limitations.  I could not have done it without the team and military medics.  They are awesome and really have the ability to get the most out of a person.

Throw in Vimy Ridge and Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery – your emotions go from one extreme to another.  When I spoke at Groesbeek, I almost broke into tears.

The respect the Dutch have for our military is shown in so many ways – huge cheering (bigger than any parade I have ever seen), young women hugging and kissing our guys, food, candy – to the amazing condition they maintain Groesbeek.  They remember who liberated them.

My leg muscle started to speak to me again this morning, but are still screaming when I walk.  I am not doing a lot of sight-seeing  now.

I do want to see Anne Frank’s house and the Diamond Exchange, so taxi’s will be my mode of transportation today.

Thanks for all the words of encouragement.  The roaming data costs here are crazy,  so I will post more pictures with comments when I get to a place with free wireless internet.

Randy

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