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Take my backpack and go

Route from Gennep to Palermo

Working on my running dream. Bumps on the road. Yesterday I decided that I will not experience the adventure with a camper van and a driver.
Adaptation. Letting go. A beautiful part of the journey, and it gave me a strange, but liberating feeling. This brought me back to basic. Take my backpack and go on an adventure.
A story always has plot twists. Amazing. This story now runs from Gennep to Palermo. 65 marthons in 80 days from the town I grew up to the country that my heart did not visit yet. Meeting people. Sharing stories. Perform small, beautiful acts of joy for them. In the footsteps of the magical Jules Verne.
The same goal, same dream. With an even more beautiful road ahead of me 

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Love for Limburg: looking back on 6 marathons, day 3

We can be heroes. Everyday.

From the 1st to the 6th of april I ran 6 marathons through Limburg. A retrospective on a marathon a day.

Day 3: Kronenberg – Horn. Janne’s dad helps me pick the right energy bars. On my way to Horn. Immediately surrounded by forests. This never gets old. After that long moments of stillness. At Helden I think of all the heroes that helped me along the way. And that we can be heroes. Everyday. Via Helden Forest I end up in Kessel.
From Kessel to Neer I see the many faces of the Maas. Babbling creek, small waterfalls, endless viewpoints. To wind up in the many bridges and small winding roads along the creeks of Haelen and Leudal.
I ask two passers-by to do a crazy dance. I catch a smile, for the dance I continue my search. Just before Horn I find a woman that wants to do some weird moves in front of the camera. Act of joy succeeded. As icing on the cake – and because I like it way too much to a act crazy – I make another film with my own funny moves and silly walks.
In Horn I get a warm welcome. The woman thinks I’m a little bit crazy. Maybe I am. The day blows through my head, and I slowly get into a flow. The next marathon I share with my dad. He will run along with me to Urmond. For me this is already a moment of happiness.
 

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Love for Limburg: looking back on 6 marathons, day 2

Coen Seizing a moment: Running through Helenaveen

From the 1st to the 6th of april I ran 6 marathons through Limburg. A retrospective on a marathon a day.

Day 2: Arcen – Kronenberg. Tim and Ilse wave goodbye. Well rested I run into the second marathonday. The flower arch of Lottum welcomes me. Endless roads, nice forests, and a lot of difficult kilometers. It’s hard. Horst is the first tone in the music journey within the adventure: Rowwen Hèze. The accordion  wobbles through my mind. I leave behind the tough kilometers. In America I carry ‘Blieve Loepe’ with me. Keep running. My imagination takes a swing at me on the Zwarte Plak and Helenaveen. The songs sing their tune.
At Helanaveen the path ends. A fence and barbed wire. Preserved area. Luckily there are more paths to a destination. While I continue, I grab my markers and paper. While running I draw myself, along the border of Helenaveen. I meet lots of chapels, but I cannot reach out to one of them. “Out of fear of destruction?”, I wonder. In my mind I light a candle for my muse.
In Kronenberg Janne is cooking. I give her my beautiful moment. Drawn with speed, and with Helenaveen in my head. After a shower I join dinnner, and shake hands with her lovely father. We share small stories. And a little jar with coloured pencils in the shape of a key chain. The day is saved, and with a nice feeling I dream into day 3.

 

 

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Love for Limburg: looking back on 6 marathons, day 1

Hugging a tree while playing in it

From the 1st to the 6th of april I ran 6 marathons through Limburg. A retrospective on a marathon a day.

Day 1: Gennep – Arcen. On the road with a little, but carefully equipped backpack. In the woods of Heijen I tell the storytellers of Gennep News about the journey through Limburg and my running adventure of happiness. Slowly I disappear in the forest, taking the first steps into freedom. After 5 kilometers I fiddle with one the zippers of my backpack. Broken. No safety pins, so I decided to stuff the free space up with my jacket and thermoshirt. Let’s see if this works. Will fix it in Arcen.
In the meantime I see the first beautiful trees through the forest. Each in its own way. The first trees are captured by the camera with a hug and a smile, for the act of joy of today. On the way beautiful surroundings. Already. With navigation skills of a chaotic dreamer I help a woman to Reinders Lake. Miraculously we both reach the lake. We wave at each other. I smile, and I already think about the big trip through Europe. The unexpected is beautiful.
Via the lake I run into the Hamert. Totally amazed. Images fly through my head. The most beautiful ones also fly through the camera. I keep going. For a moment I stand still at the most beautiful tree of the day, and take in the energy. In Arcen Ilse and Tim are waiting for me. They bring me to a colourful group of dogs, cats and horses. And parcheesi. Safety  pins rescue my backpack. I am ready for tomorrow.
 

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Running adventure of joy

The 6 marathons have started. Gennep News asks me about my plans, my dreams. Then I continue my run to travel to Arcen. On to the Vaalserberg!
https://gennep.news/nieuws/gennep/de-hardloopreis-naar-geluk/

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At the foot of a mini adventure

Next monday I will start my mini-adventure of 6 marathons through Limburg. I can’t imagine what I will run into, and that feels great. Ready to be amazed wonderfully. I will start at Gennep, where I grew up. On the road I will let the surroundings and encounters slide into my heart. And I will make videos and pictures to let you run along a little bit. Because sharing is so beautiful!
At the Vaalserberg I will stand still for a while. Maybe I’ll catch a dream or 2. I might find new ideas. I will only know this if I follow my dream. So I’ll take my backpack and go!
At the start on monday, Gennep News will capture my first steps and interview me about my running adventure. It feels good to have you on my side. The whole route can be found here: https://www.komoot.com/tour/60099675

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Love for Limburg: Urmond – Maastricht

Marathon 5 of 6: Urmond – Maastricht
 
Day 5 of 6. On the 5th of april I will run from Urmond to Maastricht.
The Geulhemmerberg and the Bemelerberg bring me to the Amstel Gold Race. As a huge fan, I’m really looking forward to feel these hills under my feet. Maybe someone can write my name on the roads to give me a mini-victory when reaching the top 
Entering Maastricht, I again have a place to stay! And this awesome woman also gave a tip for a nice restaurant. Thanks a lot Puck!
If you want to join me on the run, or do anything else to make this journey more legendary, please let me know 

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Love for Limburg: Horn – Urmond

Marathon 4 of 6: Horn – Urmond
Day 4 of 6. On the 4th of april I will run from Horn to Urmond.
Castle richness. And lots of green on the way. And I will slowly enter the surroundings where I celebrated Carnaval for multiple years with a fantastic party team. To end up at the leader of the pack. The cook for new party energy. Looking forward to see you again, Duffy!
If you want add a creative spark, and paint this 6-marathons-story even more in the memory of my mind: please let me know 🎨

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