During the last week the KLR added four new countries to its list of countries where it had been: Denmark, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. Its odometer is already over 108 000 km now.
One of the highlights of the last week was my three-day visit to Zutphen, a town of about 46 000 people in the Gelderland province in the Netherlands. The reason for my visit: It was from Zutphen that the De Jagers originally came to South Africa. I am not 100% sure about the date. Some sources suggested it was during 1714, other that it was already during 1696.
Pieter Christiaan de Jager lead the group of De Jagers and was seen as the “stamvader”. I am not going to bore you with the details other than that his wife Elizabeth Potgieter had a very interesting family line. Her great-grandmother was a black slave from Guinea in Northwest Africa.
With this piece of information I may declare me for once and all an African, a very proud one too.
Here are some pictures taken over the three days:
I was fortunate to could meet up with Jolien, a GP from Zutphen. She also showed me the old bridge over the IJssel river. Contrary to the popular view the bridge is for her the most beautiful structure. That is debatable.🙂
I have three riding days left before I am back in Berlin on Tuesday afternoon.