I chuckled a bit when I read the article about biking in Holland ["Taking Holland for a Spin," May 28]. The reporter, Rosemary McClure, enjoyed the cadence and mesmerizing cycling. My story is a little different.
I went to Holland on a bike and barge trip the last two weeks of April. The second day of the trip was Easter. We were on a narrow road with metal plates covering holes on either side of the middle path.
An oncoming Hollander didn't move over for me, so instead of stopping, I tried to go right over the metal plate. I lost my balance, fell and went over the handlebars of the bike headfirst into a canal.
What a shock. The biker and his friend never stopped. I was lucky I wasn't killed. I think the canal saved me. Our tour guide said I was his first adult to land in a canal. I kept on biking, but I didn't like being around lots of traffic after that.