After four years of shortish (5-12 day) tours in New England and Eastern Canada, my family has finally taken the plunge and bought tickets this August for a two week trip to Holland.
It's time to make a crucial decision: should we camp (as usual) or stay indoors? I am highly intrigued by the Vrienden op de Fiets program, an extensive network of inexpensive B&Bs in people's homes catering to cyclists and hikers only. (See the English-language homepage on http://www.vriendenopdefiets.nl.)
I'd love to know what experiences people have had. I know that we would need to book ahead much more than we normally like, but we are already planning on short days to maximize opportunity for exploring on and off the bike. Bad weather, wind, last night's burritto, etc. should not be too hard to accommodate with short days scheduled.
Here are a few basic questions. Please chime in with any other suggestions/comments/etc.
1) Suggestions on how early to book? I've made a few calls, but it seems to be too early. These are people's homes, not regular businesses. I'm not looking for last-minute arrangements. I'm just not sure how early is too early.
2) Obviously August is a busy time for vacations. Any feeling for whether it will be hard to find open rooms? Will all the part-time inn keepers be on vacation themselves?
3) Does the program overall have a good reputation overall? I'm sure it's well known among European tourers. It's mentioned in all the guide books.
4) Did it work well for you or people you know?
Thank you in advance for the information.
See you someday on the road.