Day 2. Waterloo – Heuvelland. 150km

Posted: May 18, 2012 in Belgium, Cycling
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Waterloo – Heuvelland

I woke to the pitter patter of rain on my hotel window. It was grey and wet outside. I went back to sleep. It was 4am.

It had stopped raining by the time I left, and within 2 hours all clouds had evaporated and the sky was clear and blue.

The Vlaanderen long distance bike trip tries to avoid main roads. A good thing. When it gets hilly, though, this means you are lead up and down and up and down. North, south, east, west. Very pretty, green steep valleys. Cute farm houses. Cycling through fields of grain. You feel, though, that you aren’t advancing. Just getting tired- up and down. So, I took short cuts – the main road. You get forward, but the constant rush of traffic is annoying. I took a balance which worked out well.

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I had a tasty lunch in Brakel. The lovely woman serving spoke Dutch, but I didn’t understand a word. She was very friendly though.

I learned of the Flemish Ardennes today. Serious hills with serious slopes. Geraardsbergen was the hilliest. My pace was slow. After Kortrijk the hills ended and I followed a river that was the Belgian French border. The dark clouds made for an imposing backdrop.

I am at a busy camping ground in Heuvelland, near the French border. A simple dinner and I am full. Calais and England tomorrow.

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