Published December 2007
scootering can be assumn
Saturday 22th of December 2007 over 50 people gathered on
the river banks of the IJssel in the Netherlands. People from all
over de Lowlands and even from Germany gathered to kick of to Christmas
Christmas is in Netherlands still more of Christian fest in stead
of a presents or a gifts thing. The Dutch do get their gifts already
on 5th of December on Sint Nicolaas eve. (Also called Sinterklaas
and in NederSaksian language (which is my first language) the Saint
is called Suntecloas).
The word Suntecloas was taken
by English sailers to England and the present-giving got a hole
new story there in the Anglo cultures.
Oh yeh still Sunteclaos kept his white beard and the red clothing,
but he lost his white horse and his early century dressed colourfull
human helpers changed in to elves?. So in the Lowlands and regions
around it (like Flanders and west Germany) Saint comes early December
every year, and rides on a white horse. He does not fly. Every year
he makes the trip from the Mediterian to spread his gifts like he
did to the poor and children in his real life time (In the year
398 on Dec. 6th this Saint Nicolas died in Myra (curren Turkey).
Anyway what was I telling... ?
Oh yeh the scooter tour in Kampen during right before christmas.
At 15.00 hours people gathered in a great atmosphere and 4 a clock
after some hot coffee the group started with their 27km tour in
to the evening sun. It was below zero but tsjeee what nice weather.
I was rushing to get to the first stop were Rik and his sister already
prept 2 large firebaskets and a table with hot gluhwhine and many
liters hot chocmilk. Just to warm the stuff outdoors for over 50
people can be a challenge.
The first stop was on the top of riverdyke overseeing the lands
near the IJssel which are flooded in winter times. Beautifull evening
sun there an a suberp group of scooter friends. Of which 10 of them
never kicked before. So also great PR for our sport. Hope they stay
I left stop 1 early and rushed to the village of Zalk. And just
outside the village in the dark we build up stop 2 and started to
fire up firebaskets and lots of lights. This time hot Applejuice
was served (no normal apple juice, but a special spicy recept for
cold weather by Gerben). Very nice, do try this at home.
Being busy there a 70 year old farmer comes to me to take a look
what was going on and I gave him some local kruidenbitter, which
is a spicy alcoholic mixture. So with his blessing we waited for
the scooter group to arrive. It did not take that lang before a
string of moving little light apaered in the distance in the dark.
A bit spooky and winter fog. Nice.
After some 20 liters of hot stuff and other kinds of drinks the
scooter riders left and routed back to Kampen under a star filled
night sky. In Kampen there was that evening a Christmas market which
attracts over 100.000 people. Lot of themed winter acts in an 12th
/ 13th city centre ...so nice scenery to start the Christmas holidays
On arrival we gathered in a restaurant with soup, bread, salades,
later hot mails and and the a 2 meter long board with all kinds
of ice receipts. Oeffff. )
See you next year. Do entry on time!
Best regards Thijza
some photos of the tour >
a video report from a local TV station >
Read more > http://www.autoped.nl/fakkeltocht