Ride Day 37 – Lincoln to Asfordby – 84 km

The last ride! For those who say “thank God for that”, we are now grateful to be back at Mum and Dads and the time to think straight, clean clothes, gear and bikes and have a rest. It’s been a ride and a half. Once you start, you just keep the momentum up as there …

Ride Day 36 – Hull to Lincoln – 85 km

Back in Blighty. We had spent quite a considerable bit of time planning this route as it didn’t use the Route 1 – the north to south cycle route – all the way. This would have involved adding another night. Duncan therefore planned a fantastic route on quiet farm roads and through small country villages. …

Ride Day 35 – Ghent to Zeebrugge – 66k

Better to concentrate on Ghent rather than the ride to Zeebrugge. We spent a good couple of days seeing the sights and having lunches and dinners out. Ghent is a lovely city and we feel a lot less crowded than Brugge. It was lovely to catch up with Belinda and Paul who came over from …

Ride Day 34 – Lessines to Ghent – 58 km

We are now in for a completely different experience – we are leaving Wallonie and going into Flanders. This means the language has changed dramatically from French which we understood enough to get by, to Flemish or rather gobbledygook as we understand not one word. Luckily for us and anyone outside of this area, the …

Ride Day 33 – Fayt-Lez-Manage to Lessines – 50 km

Well, a short day today km wise but not so short cycling wise, along quiet roads to the town of Lessines. We had a very mediocre and boring breakfast in our accommodation, made bearable by a lovely Sicilian Manager who was so enthusiastic, especially when we told him we had been to Sicily this year. …

Ride Day 32 – Namur to Fayt-Lez-Manage – 86 km

Namur turned into one of those places you just feel comfortable in. Namur is a genuine working city, there were a few tourists about. It’s on the confluence of the Meuse, which we came in on and the Sambre which we rode out on. The Citadel was the place to visit for us yesterday and …

Ride Day 31 – Dinant to Namur- 37 km

This is what all rides should be like – flat and short. Set off from our grungy accommodation with no breakfast and happy to go. Found a lovely little patisserie in Dinant for coffee and pastry. Dinant was the scene of a civilian massacre in the First World War and was instrumental in US involvement. …

Ride Day 30 – Neufchateau to Dinant – 78 km

Today will go into the top three worst ever rides. Sodding awful in so many respects, there isn’t the time or energy to go into them all. Suffice to say, when Duncan and I were planning this route, we spent longer on it than any of the others and it would seem we still didn’t …

Ride Day 29 – Luxembourg to Neufchateau – 70km

Luxembourg City turns out to be rather lovely. Struggled to get out as Julie’s back had seized up, no doubt from too much pushing the bike up steep hills. Ventured out for a slow walk around the city after Duncan’s work. Lots of greenery due to main gorge running right through it and not many …

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