Al and Sue's Great Adventure travel blog

Bike of the Day

Beach

Traffic Jam between canal locks

Biking along the canal

Cherry Beer

Flowers of the Day

Juxsposition of the Day

Roll Up Bridge

Village


July 24, 2012

As Ash and Kels would say—the day started as a bit of a “shit show”. I decided to follow my “Arnie” gut to find the start of the route (as opposed to following the map)—11 kms later and back-tracking a number of times we finally found the start of the route—which we had passed at least once. Consequently, instead of a 60 km route, we went 71 kms (2654 calories).

We traveled to another couple of beach resorts (Blankenberge and De Haan)---the Belgium people know how to stack themselves on the Beach and in Condos facing the Beach—its like Kelowna on steroids--there were people everywhere.

We traveled through Polders (areas that have been reclaimed from the sea) and ended up on a great ride along the canal Oostende-Brugges. Lots of cyclists and it appeared to be a number of club rides with serious riders fully kitted out. We were buzzed by a scooter going wide open with a racer behind—he was training to draft at high speeds.

In the square last night we were treated to a carillon concert played on the 47 bells of the Bell Tower--more details to follow.

Today, when we finished our ride, we sampled more Belgium Beer including one tap beer that was cherry flavored—Lorne, we toasted you with this one.

I put in a picture of a roll-up bridge. Biking along the canals, we have seen a myriad of different bridges that have to open to allow the boat traffic to pass through.

We are of to sample some of the famous Belgium Chocolate—will report tomorrow.

Al & Sue



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