My dearest, our dear Dad, our father-in-law, my grandfather, my son isn’t there any more
b. Amersfoort, March 16, 1956 d. Ede, October 1, 2017
Eric came in our life during the Walk of the World marches edition 2006, when he arrived at our door via the organisation for walkers who are in search for a bed and breakfast for the four marching days (starting the 3rd Tuesday of July every year). He continued to stay with us including the marches of the WOTW edition 101 last July. He already knew at the time of the marches that he was very ill: June 4th he sent me a WhatsApp, telling that he suffered from pancreatic cancer, and that his liver was already also infected. The prognosis is: not curable, and a time to live for about 3 – 6 months. However he insisted on marching, but was wise enough to switch from 40K a day to 30K a day. And July 21 he proudly collected his medal.
Eric in the center, with red cap
When Eric arrived on Monday June 17, he went off to get his registration, and hang out in the town. He told me about his visit to the St Stephen Church, and that he had written something in the Guestbook of the Remembrance Chapel. As I am a volunteer at the church, I checked the book during my next duty, and found the following entry:
God. This could be my last WOTW. Because little Baas is doomed! But today I fight, tomorrow I shall fight and also the day after tomorrow. I can not win this soccer match, but I certainly go for the game extension. And perhaps I shall loose shooting the penalties.
Help me with this fight against that f..king cancer.
Eric never came alone during all these years. As he was caregiver for several soccer teams, he had lots of friends to accompany him walking the marches. Also his son Rutger Baas stayed with us. And -brought by Rutger- even his father in a wheelchair and later the handicapped grandson Twan were there to cheer his grandfather at the 3rd day of the marches, the so called Day of Groesbeek, after the Canadian War Cimetary at Groesbeek.
And when you are injured, it is always handy that you are staying in the house of a former G.P., such as here on July 23, 2015 🙂
2017/07/22 – WotW#101 day 5
One guest stays always for five nights, and that is Eric Baas. He came to our “Marches Shelter” first in July 2006, when the WOTW #090 was cancelled after the first day: extreme heat and 2 deaths. Here an impression of his last breakfast with us, before picking up his wife Sandra @ Geldermalsen and going home to Ede.
ERIC’S ENTRY IN THE REMEMBRANCE BOOK IN THE CHAPEL OF SILENCE
(english translation under the picture)
July 17, 2017
God, this may be my last Four Days Marches. Because Boss is doomed to die. But today I fight, and tomorrow I shall fight, and the day after tomorrow I shall fight too. I can not win the match, but I’m sure to extend the playing time. And maybe lose, lose with the shooting of penalties. Help me with this fight against that horrible pancreas cancer.
THE GUESTS ALWAYS BRING A GIFT FOR THE HOSTS. ERIC: FROM T-SHIRTS TO HAND ENGRAVED WATER GLASSES; DICK: CHEESE SPECIALITIES FROM THE BEEMSTER AND ED WHINE.
AT THE MOMENT AN ART EXHIBITION IN THE SAINT STEPHEN CHURCH:
Mondriaan impression with the light of the church window covering the painting.
Mondriaan impression in its original form and colours.
2017/07/21 – WotW#101 day 4
04,964 no show
42,036 start permits day 1
00,792 no show/not finished
41,244 start permits day 2
01,525 no show/not finished
39,719 start permits day 3
01,002 no show/not finished
38,717 start permits day 4
00,308 no show/not finished
38,409 COMPLETED MARCHES
TRYING TO GET TO THE FINISH… A REAL HELL! WE HAVE SEEN ALL PARTS OF NIJMEGEN, EXCEPT THE FINISH @ THE WEDREN 😦 😦 😦
A SURPRISE FOR ERIC WHEN HE PASSES (NEARLY) THE FINISH ON THE 4TH DAY: A LOT OF (EX) FOOTBALL MATES AND FRIENDS HAD GATHERED, WEARING BLACK T-SHIRTS WITH “BAAS” (“BOSS”) ON IT, TO GIVE HIM A WARM WELCOME ON HIS WOTW #101. ERIC IS WEARING THE WHITE T-SHIRT AND A RED CAP.
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2017/07/19 – WotW#101 day 2
Wednesday is by tradition the day all in favor of LGBT-people. You should dress up as pink as possible. The last kilometer in the city is the Pink Quarter. Not always, only once a year. Gay life in Nijmegen is rather poor, compared to Amsterdam, Eindhoven and… Groningen.
2017/07/18 – WotW#101 day 1
In the past, the village Oosterhout was the beginning of an endless stretch along the river Waal, till Lent (Nijmegen-North). In Oosterhout most walkers took their last time to rest before finishing at The Wedren.
Still along the river, but the church tower of Oosterhout is in sight 🙂
The inhabitants of the village welcome the walkers 🙂
A Frenchman let his gloomy thoughts go.
“It felt good.” Pallab Chanda (42) from Paris comes with a big smile over the finish line at the Wedren in Nijmegen. He has come through the first day of the Four Days. The Parisian had to sign out for the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse last year. Just before March, he became a father of twins. Unexpectedly. The two girls were born too early. On the Wednesday of the Four Days, one of two died, Roxane. For her she is walking the march now.
“In the beginning I went with two Italians. It seemed like they were running. I could not keep their tempo. My legs hurt. I have to let them go”, he says. But that’s essence of the marches for him. “You forget all the negative, let all your dreary thoughts go. The people lift you so you can keep walking. The Vierdaagse is really very special.” He has spoken with many people on the road. “But also walked alone. That’s fine. The new route was much better. I also have no blisters. I’m feeling good.”
James Taylor-Watts (born 27 October 1997), better known as James TW, is a British singer-songwriter. His single “When You Love Someone” peaked at number 28 on the BillboardAdult Pop Songs chart. James was born in England, the son of Sarah Taylor-Watts and Richard Taylor-Watts. He was named after James Taylor, one of his parents’ favourite musicians. He attended Warwick School, the oldest private boys school in England. James’ father, who plays guitar in a wedding band as a hobby, once found young James banging on the drum kit at home. Shortly thereafter, the band’s drummer wasn’t able to make it to a gig. So the band had a decision to make: either let 10 year-old James play or cancel the gig. James played that evening and has been performing on a regular basis ever since. He picked up guitar at 12 years old and started playing piano the following year. In 2010, James started his YouTube channel at 12 years old. In 2014, James self-released an EP tidick Just A Number which rose to number 6 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. In early 2015, Shawn Mendes, an artist discovered on social media, found James on YouTube and praised him on Twitter. Mendes’ label, Island Records, then noticed James and he signed with them shortly thereafter. On 30 October 2015, James released his debut single “Black & Blue”. On 19 February 2016 James released a music video for his single, “When You Love Someone“, through Universal Music. The song reached over 60 million Spotify streams and peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs chart. On 15 April 2016 James released his debut EP titled First Impressions, featuring 5 original songs as well as a cover of Torn by Natalie Imbruglia, which earned 17 million Spotify streams and peaked at 15 on the Spotify Viral 50 chart. James was the sole opening act on the sold out Shawn Mendes World Tour. On 9 September 2016, he released a cover of Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy“. On 23 January 2017 James TW performed “When You Love Someone” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. James released a new single “Ex” on 17 February 2017 while premiering the video via Billboard on the same day. In February, he was named the opening act on the European leg of Shawn Mendes’ Illuminate World Tour with dates from April to June 2017.
JAMES TW IN CONCERT, ST STEPHEN CHURCH, JULY 18 2017, 20.30H
2017/07/17 – WotW#101 day 0
After registering at The Wedren, the walkers have fun in a sunny Nijmegen.
AT EMPEROR CHARLES SQUARE – IN FRONT OF THE CONCERT HALL
2017/07/02 – WotW#101 – A walk over the moorland @ Mook
2017/06/30 – WotW#101 – My eldest sister came over from Amsterdam, to celebrate her 72th birthday in Nijmegen. She will stay 3 days. Above she is sitting beside the statue of the Dutch writer Simon Carmiggelt.
2016/07/25 – As a gesture of gratitude for 11 (eleven 🙂 ) years of hospitality, Eric Baas honoured us as “Friend of the Walk of the World Marches”.
Eric started his career with us in 2006, when -because of the extreme temperatures and 2 deaths- the marches were cancelled after the first day. All following years Eric was a faithful guest, and he brought his son and friends with him. Our “normal” guest room has a double bed, and a third bed can be added easily. But 1 year we had 5 guests, also on our “own” sleeping floor.
The last 5 years we have a steady group. We have the traditional welcome dinner on Monday evening, and the farewell dinner on Thursday evening, as only Eric stays over on the 5th (Friday) night.
50,000 start permits
-2,834 no show
47,166 start permits day 1
-1,206 not started / not finished day 1
45,960 start permits day 2
-2,050 not started / not finished day 2
43,910 start permits day 3
-914 not started / not finished day 3
42,996 start permits day 4
– 439 not started / not finished day 4
42,557 finishers Walk of the World edition 100
2016/07/22-WotW#100 day 4 – Thunderstorms Walk of the World on Friday morning.
NIMWEGEN – Weather team of the Marches put themselves together for an emergency meeting. During the conversation discussed whether measures should be taken for the runners. What are the measures which can be taken, a spokesman could not say. “But then you’re also about what we should do to catch the runners so that they do not get hypothermia.”
King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands crosses with the Walk of the World hikers the pontoon bridge in Cuijk.
CUIJK – King Willem-Alexander plunged Friday in the early afternoon unexpectedly during the marches Transit in Cuijk. He ran a piece with the walkers along the river Maas in Cuijk and he even walked along the pontoon bridge to Middelaar. The mayors Wim Hillenaar (Cuijk) and Willem Gradisen (Mook and Middelaar) accompanied the king, and the commissioners of the King of Brabant and Limburg. Besides mayors also accompanied march leader Johan Willem Stein King.
On Cuijk side the King in front of other guests gave a short toast. Then he walked among the walkers through the pontoon bridge over the Meuse, Cuijk to Mid- delaar. Willem-Alexander said during transit in Cuijk briefly with the media rushed. “I wanted to enjoy myself a part of this wonderful event by just walking along. We can offer this event to the world, for the 100th time even, is unique. Here we can really be proud of. I am also very proud of the organization of the Marches, with all those volunteers.” The king took the opportunity to congratulate all the walkers. He speaks of the region as “a beautiful piece of the Netherlands.
King Willem-Alexander on entry Marches in Nimwegen.
NIMWEGEN – It is a huge craze at the entrance of the Marches when King Willem-Alexander has arrived. Many hikers wanted the king, who was standing beside the trail, give a hand with him in the picture. That caused a traffic jam on the Via Gladiola. Also, people who were already on the Wedren, walk back to catch a glimpse of Prince Willem-Alexander. The king is accompanied by a huge team of police officers. To make the jam smaller has been the king toward the grandstand. The organization of the marches calling participants especially by continuing to walk. Jos van veghel (60) Veghel feels like a king. She managed to shake the hand of Willem-Alexander. “Wow! And I’m just along for the spiritualized time. What an honour!” She feels especially connected with the king. “We have the same birthday. He is so handsome.” The king is like honey for hikers. Once they perceive Willem-Alexander on the grandstand they walk toward the king. There may be a terrorist threat and the security people are visible in the highest state of readiness; The king is accessible as never before. He waves and smiles. Sometimes he walks down and press hands as a pop star. Hikers feel honored. “Stunning he comes to congratulate us.” For a little after half past two, the weather is something more common: the king has left.
2016/07/21-WotW#100 day 3 – Day of Groesbeek
The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial (French:Le Cimetière de Guerre Canadien Groesbeek) is located about three kilometres north of the town of Groesbeek, Netherlands. The cemetery contains 2,338 Canadian soldiers of World War II. The cemetery is unique in that many of the dead were brought here from nearby Germany. It is one of the few cases where bodies were moved across international frontiers. It is believed that all fallen Canadian soldiers of the Rhineland battles, who were buried in German battlefields, were reinterred here (except for one who is buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery). General H.D.G. Crerar, who commanded Canadian land forces in Europe, ordered that Canadian dead were not to be buried in German soil. Thousands of Dutch children tend the graves of the soldiers buried here as they do throughout the Netherlands. The cemetery also has a Cross of Sacrifice within it.
Within the cemetery stands the Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in north-west Europe between the time of crossing the Seine River at the end of August 1944 and the end of the war in Europe. There are 1,103 names on the memorial; although since the date of completion of the name-panels, graves have been found for four men commemorated by it. The Bayeux Memorial in Normandy, France honours 103 Canadian servicemen and women. The memorial consists of twin colonnaded buildings which face each other across the grass forecourt of the cemetery, between the entrance and the “Stone of Remembrance.” The names of the men whose graves are unknown are inscribed in panels of Portland stone built into the rear walls.
Among those buried here is Aubrey Cosens (1921–1944) of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada who received the Victoria Cross. John Baskeyfield (1922–1944) of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who also received the Victoria Cross is remembered in the Memorial. Memorialized also, are Gustave Biéler, Frank Pickersgill, and Roméo Sabourin, Canadian members of the Special Operations Executive who were sent undercover into occupied France; all three were caught by the Germans and sent to concentration camps, where they were executed.
2016/07/20-WotW#100 day 2 – Day of Wijchen
Pink Wednesday, a party for everyone!!!
BNN presenter Valerio Zeno tonight on the river Waal quay
NIMWEGEN – BNN presenter Valerio Zeno kicks tonight at 19:00 Campaign Driving off without influence. He does at the state of the campaign, on the quay. Zeno goes with the public in conversation about driving with alcohol. At the stand visitors to the week with a Virtual Reality glasses and called Alcokart experience what it is like to drive under the influence.
Furthermore, says a team about the risks of driving with drink. Who will listen to Zeno sober tonight, get a non-alcoholic cocktail.
2016/07/19-WotW#100 day 1 – Day of Elst
07:15 am Gates open for walkers 30 Km (20 M)
07:35 am Passed check
08:06 am Passing the bridge to Lent (North bound)
A steel band on beer crates support the walkers 🙂
In Oosterhout last rest before the end less, meandering dike along the river Waal (7 Km / 5 M)
& TEMPERATURES MAX (C):
WE DECIDED TO STOP AFTER DAY 1, AND TO JOIN AT DAY 4 FOR THE BIG ENTRY FOR HRH KING WILLEM ALEXANDER
🙂 🙂 🙂
2016/07/18-WotW#100 day 0 – Day of registration
Day of Elst
|06:00–12:00||15°||0 mm||Light air, 2 m/s from east|
|12:00–18:00||28°||0 mm||Light breeze, 2 m/s from east-southeast|
Day of Wijchen
|06:00–12:00||18°||0 mm||Light breeze, 4 m/s from southeast|
|12:00–18:00||32°||0 mm||Gentle breeze, 5 m/s from southeast|
Day of Groesbeek
|08:00–14:00||19°||0 mm||Light air, 2 m/s from west-southwest|
|14:00–20:00||28°||0 mm||Light breeze, 4 m/s from west|
Day of Cuyck
|08:00–14:00||18°||0 mm||Light breeze, 2 m/s from north|
|14:00–20:00||26°||0 mm||Light air, 1 m/s from north-northwest|