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Liquid camino in Holland

2020 Camino Guides

Purky

The Dutch guy
Camino(s) past & future
Reality is frequently inaccurate
Imagine a camino of 195 km. Your aim is to do it in three days, visiting eleven cities on the way. You got the visual? Okay, now imagine doing it swimming!

A large part of Holland is collectively going nuts at the moment because this is really happening. Maarten van der Weijden, succesful open water swimmer (Olympic champion, World champion), is actually doing it. Last year he attempted the same, but stranded at the 163 km mark.

He is swimming the 'Elfstedentocht', normally a brutal 200 km skating tour on natural ice, deeply routed in Dutch culture. The last time we had one was in 1997, when winters were still cold.

As a recent cancer survivor himself, Maarten is doing this to raise money and awareness for cancer research. He hit the water last Friday the 21st at 17:30, and as I am writing this on Monday the 24th, he has 11 km to go. Ahead of schedule...

I know this has little or nothing to do with the camino, but I wanted to share this with you anyway. Just wow...
 
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Marc S.

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Since 2012: CF, CdN, CP, Salvador, Aragones, Via Regia, Elisabethpfad, Jakobsweg NRW, Jakibspaad.
Just saw him taking a short break, hugging his children, waving to the crowd, eating yet another slice of pizza ...... and ready to go again. Truely inspirational !
 

Ianinam

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2013 / CP 2018
Hospitalera at Roncesvalles:
2015/2016/2017/2018/2019/2020
Yes, this really is an incredible achievement! He swims day and night, with just some short stops in between for a short sleep and for a meal. During the nights the farmers with their tractors shine their lights over the water.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Yes, this really is an incredible achievement! He swims day and night, with just some short stops in between for a short sleep and for a meal. During the nights the farmers with their tractors shine their lights over the water.
Oh! this is so wonderful!
 

lizlane

Small Town Girl, Small Town World
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2019
LOL to all my fellow lushes out there! But I thought of this, a new way to earn the Compestela. Be sure to click the appropriate flag to view the article in the language you understand:
 

Marc S.

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Since 2012: CF, CdN, CP, Salvador, Aragones, Via Regia, Elisabethpfad, Jakobsweg NRW, Jakibspaad.
OMG watching his arrival on Dutch television. So this guy gets out of the water, walks to his mum and dad to give them a kiss (while he hasn't stood on his legs for three days) and immediately gives an interview, sounding utterly composed and calm (yeh it took quite long but I really enjoyed it). I was almost expecting him to say "well let's go for another lap".
 

Purky

The Dutch guy
Camino(s) past & future
Reality is frequently inaccurate
When I read 'liquid Camino', I thought of something completely different...
The thread title had me hoping for something more like a 195 brewery camino...
I know how to draw a crowd... :p


And to wrap things up: he actually pulled it off.
Swam 195 km, raised 3,9 million euros, looked like he just took a walk in the park. What a boss!!
 

Turga

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
- hasn´t got to worry about 10% weight limit of rucksack or whether to have boots or trainers....
But to wear swim trunks or speedos could be just as much of a worry... :p
 

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