0881-Just outside the severe corona rules

This Limburg inn is one meter away from the stricter corona zone: “We follow the rules of Gelderland-South” -> Inn “The little  Swan” is a favourite resting point for Pierre and myself during the training sessions for the Four Days Marches. <-

The regionally imposed corona rules expose the crazy boundaries of the security regions. In one place, the new measures have been in force since yesterday, but not in an adjacent neighboring village. Limburg, yes, Richard Meeuwsen of the  inn “The little Swan” should actually listen to that. To the safety region of Limburg-North, an area from Roermond to Mook, to be precise. He is in charge of the piece of land in the woods near Mook, 12 kilometers from the center of Nijmegen. And let this just be another region that has only been labeled “vigilant” when it comes to corona infections.

The fraying of the lockdown has just come off
Meeuwsen literally only has to take two steps and he suddenly finds himself in a zone that is considered “worrisome” when it comes to corona infections. Secretly, a small part of his site is even located in Gelderland. That is where Hubert Bruls, chairman of the Gelderland-South security region and Lord Major of the city Nijmegen, is in charge. And where stricter corona rules apply since 27 September from 6.00pm. For Meeuwsen there is no doubt, he does not abuse his status as a “borderline case”: “I just follow the rules of Gelderland completely. We belong to Limburg, but we are completely focused on Nijmegen. And of course it would not be good at all if we suddenly become a fall-back place here for groups from Groesbeek, for example, who think that they can suddenly come and walk here”, says the owner of the inn. In any case, he does not have a business where night owls Come to drink until late at night. “We also close earlier. But that is also because we observe the rules very strictly. Everything to prevent us from having to lock again,” said the restaurant owner. The “fraying of the lockdown” has just come off, he sighs. “The little Swan has fortunately had a very nice summer season”. And if everything still has to be locked because the number of infections spreads uncontrollably, that would be disastrous for the catering industry, says Meeuwsen. “So we do what has to be done. Even wearing such a face mask. Although we are not happy with it at all, because it is way too hot.”

One must bleed, the other not
A round along the edges of the Safety Region borders (partly also provincial borders) shows that many catering establishments are in doubt. And they all expect national rules again. Yes, calls for regional measures were strong in the country. Because it was so unfair that regions where hardly anything seemed to be going on were the victims of hot spots such as the West of the country. But wherever a line is drawn, the inability to establish really fair rules is also exposed. One must bleed, the other not, is the feeling.

Typical measure for student cities
The early closing time and the restriction of groups is typically seen by many catering establishments as a measure for student cities. Inno Venhorst of inn “The Angel” in Dodewaard nevertheless thinks it is strange that such differences exist between regions. Blinks his eyes three times and he is in the Gelderland-Middle region, with cities such as Wageningen and Arnheim where the number of infections is increasing, but where the stricter rules do not yet apply. But “The Angel” falls under Gelderland South. “I’ve already had phone calls from customers asking if we are still open?” The fact that his business has to be locked by 01:00 at the latest is not a problem for him in practice. “Last week I did have a group of friends over, they were celebrating the birthday of one. Now I have to send people away according to Mr Bruls in such cases.”

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“This is normally the time when there is a lot of activity at Heumensoord. The construction of the camp would now be in full swing, with trucks driving back and forth from the barracks in Grave-Driehuis and Stroe-Garderen where all the equipment is located. I would have been living here for a month now. Yes, that’s how far it goes as a builder of Heumensoord: eleven months a year working on the camp, of which two months living on the spot. It is therefore no small thing that arises here: a real self-sufficient village where almost seven thousand people reside.
I am responsible for everything that comes with it: from applying for permits and contacts with suppliers to distributing the toilet paper and coordination with the municipality about combating the oak processionary caterpillar. Everything is focused on the needs of the walkers. They deliver the performance, we try to facilitate them in every possible way.
This year would be my eighth and last edition. When I look back at the highlights, that was the period 2015-2016. In September 2015, construction of the refugee camp for three thousand people started. Not much later, the camp had to be made suitable for athletes with a disability and supervisors of the Special Olympics National Games, which were organized in Nijmegen at the beginning of July 2016. My expertise came in handy for both purposes. Incidentally, I also got to know outside the Four Days Marches by building the Nijmegen refugee camp. I kept in mind that the camp might stay longer and that the soldiers might have to move elsewhere in Nijmegen during the Four Days Marches. During my exploration of possible alternative locations, I saw a lot of Nijmegen with my wife. What a nice city. I had imagined saying goodbye very differently.”

Adjutant Fred Bakker,

Construction supervisor of military Camp Heumensoord (since 2013).

0688-Walk of the World

A bouquet of gladiolus flowers, collected on the Via Gladiala.

0687-Walk of the World

Our achievements over the past four days:

-1- Non-stop walking: 8h14m av. per day;

-2- Distance: 42.44Km (28.29M) av. per day;

-3- Speed per hour: 5.48Km (3.65M) av. per day;

-4- Steps: 54,011 av. per day;

-5- kCal: 3,479kCal av. per day.

Our achievements during the 13 training sessions:

-1- Non-stop walking: 5h 22m av. per training;

-2- Distance: 27.76Km (18.51M) av. per training;

-3- Speed per hour: 5.17Km (3.45M) av. per training;

-4- Steps: 34,957 av. per training;

-5- kCal: 2,474 av. per training.

Goals for Walk of the World edition #104 (2020):

-1- Non-stop walking: to be substracted 1h 02m for return trip home-start / finish-home;

-2- Distance: to be substracted 5.00Km (3.33M) for return trip home-start / finish-home ;

-3- Speed per hour: according to app “We walk always to fast”;

-4- Steps: 40,000 – 45,000 per training;

-5- kCal: about 3,000 per traing.

Edition #104 starts on the 3rd Tuesday of July 2020; 2019 it was 16 July, 2020 is a leapyear, so it will be 21July.

Sex / Age / Distance / Reward:

Men birthyear:

  • 2005-2008 30Km R / 40Km K / 50Km K
  • 2002-2004 40Km R / 50Km K
  • 1971-2001 50Km R
  • 1961-1970 40Km R / 50Km K
  • 1920-1960 30Km R / 40Km K / 50 Km K

Women birthyear:

  • 2005-2008 30Km R / 40Km K / 50Km K
  • 1961-2004 40Km R / 50Km K
  • 1920-1960 30Km R / 40Km K / 50Km K

R = reglementary distance for a reward; K = out of category for age, no extra reward.

0686-Walk of the World

De Snollebollekes live aan de Waalkade.

Last year’s record is matched: 1,625,000 people attended Four-Day-Marches Festival.

The visitor’s record that the Nijmegen Four-Day-Marches Festivals set last year was equaled this year. After a somewhat dull start due to the weather, the parties caught up. Finally, the organization had 1,625,000 visitors. Just a little more than the previous year. Last year, after seven days of partying, the counter stopped at 1,615,000 visitors. With that, the number of visitors on Friday came to 275,000 – 10,000 more than Thursday. Given the program on the final day, that was also in line with expectations. Last night, for example, the Brabant-based party duo Snollebollekes (picture above) on the Waal stage were in a hurry. Not for the first time: on Tuesday, the Vengaboys were also bursting at the seams. “We see that it has been very busy this week at the Matrixx venues, so on the quay and in the Hunnerpark,” said a spokeswoman for the Four-Days Festival. She says about the new visitor record. ,,It’s no contest. We do not want to exceed the number of visitors every year. We prefer to watch the flow of the public. It was good almost everywhere.”

The festival around the Walk of the World marches started a little more difficult due to the autumn weather last weekend. The number of visitors then lagged behind the previous year. A catch-up effort has been made in recent days. A possible explanation for the crowds is the return of the stage with Dutch-language music on the Joris Ivensplein. Leo Weterings, director of the Four-Days-Marches Festival, noted earlier this week. ,,We serve a very specific audience there. And given the bustle on the square, there was a real need for it.”
The progress of “The Island” on the Waal beach (picture above) on the Lentse side of the river is also remarkable. Popular parties such as ‘Het Zusje van Debbie’ attracted several thousand visitors to the beach. Due to the increasing interest, the police have already announced that extra camera surveillance will be available at ‘t Eiland next year.

0685-Walk of the World

After signing out at the finish, and having received the award according to the completed marches, we had a reunion at Grand Café MOENEN, owned by Arjen Gesterkamp. Clockwise, from upper left to  bottom right: Titia Gesterkamp, the mother of Arjen and Steef and a third (elder son), a very good friend of us, and a former volunteer at the Saint, Stepan Church; Luke Barkhuis with his 5th medal and nowadays addicted to rosé beer; Pierre Bormans with his 9th medal and a regular beer;; the girl is Titia’s granddaughter with a Coke; Steef, father of the girl, and Titia’s middle son, with an exotic beer.


The awards;

  • KNBLO (Royal Dutch Association for Physical Education) – year 1:  the most simple version (left)
  • KNBLO (Royal Dutch Association for Physical Education) – year 2-4: award 1 with a crown (center)
  • KNBLO (Royal Dutch Association for Physical Education) – year 5: “gold” switches to dark blue (right)
  • KNBLO (Royal Dutch Association for Physical Education) – year 6-9: award 5 with a crown (WotW edition #104).

0684-Walk of the World

The app on my smartphone reports as follows:

    • 8h 23m non-stop walking
    • 42,48 Km (28.32 M)
    • 5.07 Km (3.38M) average per hour
    • 54,564 steps
    • 3,551 kCal.

Statistics:

47,236  Qualified participants

02,534- No show at registration

——-+

44,705  Start permits day 1 =100.00%

00,661- Not started/not finished

——+

44,041  Start permits day 2 = 98.52%

01,350- Not started/not finished

——-+

42,691 Start permits day 3 = 95.50%

01,111 Not started/not finished

——-+

41,580  Start permitsday 4 = 94.41%

00,345- Not started/ not finished

——-+

41,235  Succesfull marchers = 92,23%

 

0683-Walk of the World

The app on my smartphone reports as follows:

    • 7h 39m non-stop walking
    • 38,59 Km (25.73 M)
    • 5.04 Km (3.36M) average per hour
    • 49,534 steps
    • 3,374 kCal.

Statistics:

47,236  Qualified participants

02,534- No show at registration

——- +

44,702  Start permits day 1 = 100,00%

00,661- Not started/not finished

——+

44,041  Start permits day 2 = 98.52%

01,350- Not started/not finished

——-+

42,691 Start permits day 3 = 95.50%

01,111 Not started/not finished

——-+

41,580  Start permitsday 4 = 94.41%

0681-Walk of the World

The app on my smartphone reports as follows:

    • 8h 48m non-stop walking
    • 46,36 Km (30.91 M)
    • 5.93 Km (3.95 M) average per hour
    • 57,749 steps
    • 3,431kCal.

Statistics:

47,236  Qualified participants

02,534- No show at registration

——- +

44,702  Start permits day 1 = 100,00%

00,661- Not started/not finished

——+

44,041  Start permits day 2 = 98.52%

01,350- Not started/not finished

——-+

42,691 Start permits day 3 = 95.50%

0680-Walk of the World

The app on my smartphone reports as follows:

    • 8h 05m non-stop walking
    • 42,33 Km (28.22 M)
    • 5.88 Km (3.92 M) average per hour
    • 54,196 steps
    • 3,560 kCal.

Statistics:

47,236  Qualified participants

02,534- No show at registration

——- +

44,702  Start permits day 1 = 100,00%

00,661- Not started/not finished

——+

44,041  Start permits day 2 = 98.52%