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May 10-22, 2004

May 14, 2004

Dear Gator Fans,

Michelle Chatman (left), Marcie Hampton, Stefanie Douglas, Jane Collymore, Lauren Moscovic, Kelley Kish and Rachel Engel finish their bike ride with teammate Amber McCray (seated) before the Gators headed to Uelsen, Germany.

Today was moving day. Truth be told, after three days in the cultural-collision-at-every-turn city, Amsterdam, we were ready to move east and rural. So at 10:30 a.m., we packed the bus and headed to Germany. Only because these players signed with a coaching staff whose idea of a good time is a bike ride through a park (well, at least Nick and my idea of a good time), we made one stop along the way. De Hoge Veluwe National Park is a park located near the Holland border where for a fee of 5.40 Euro, one could pick from any one of the many no-speed, coaster brakes, bicycles available at the park. And get this – they even had a “handicapped bike”, but Amber McCray was peddled through the park by the ever-efficient staff assistant, Kelley Kish (for some reason, Amber didn’t trust any of the rest of us). Picture the Paynes Prairie bike path, only with a northern European flavor: poplar, fir, and lilac trees. The players got into it more than I could have ever hoped. Of course the group of Lauren, Stefanie, Rachel, Jane, Marcie, and Michelle got a little too into it when they decided to try some “off-road” biking along the way and our libero, Rachel Engel, almost did a face-plant into a tree. For the record, every member of the trip biked and yes, watching Arlisa on a bike for the first time in 20 years was worth the price of admission.

Following this evening’s practice, we ate a “family-style” meal at a local restaurant complete with entertainment from a Dutch men’s soccer team celebrating life at the adjoining bar (wonder what they do after a win?).

Tomorrow we play a first-division club team – a team very similar to the Dutch pro team: experienced, hard-hitting, with “frozen rope” serves. Here we go Gators!


Previous Postcards:
May 21, 2004
May 20, 2004
May 19, 2004
May 18, 2004
May 17, 2004
May 16, 2004
May 15, 2004
May 14, 2004
May 13, 2004
May 12, 2004
May 11, 2004
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