It had to be good – it was the Netherlands – and it was, but, oh, the weather!
The Netherlands was experiencing its worst summer since records began (in 1906). Would our arrival miraculously initiate a return to summer conditions? It all seemed lovely when we arrived; the sun was burning down on us as we set up camp for the first time at Monster, on the coast between the Hook and the Hague. In the middle of the night, we were woken by a humdinger of a storm: wind, rain, thunder and lightning – the works! It was all credit to our tent erecting skills that we and our tents were still standing in the morning. Yet, despite it seeming so at the time, and despite being clothed in waterproofs for most of every day, when you think hard about it, we only got really wet on one day and we never had to de-camp in the rain, which is perhaps the most unpleasant of things to have to do. Yes we got very soggy and sometimes finding hard ground at the campsite proved a bit challenging, but it was still a great tour and the smiling faces in the photographs prove the point. See the photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markw48/sets/72157627611476013/