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Arrondissement de Dinant

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  • Day5

    CAR TECHNICAL INFO

    May 15, 2017 in Belgium

    I had noticed the fuel consumption was rather high and at first I thought it was me calculating it wrong but it wasn't. I found a fuel leak which was only present when the engine was running or just after I filled the tank as that was the only time the level was high enough for gravity to let petrol dribble from the banjo connection to the front carb. It was easily fixed by tightening the bolt which must have vibrated loose.
    Although pleased to find the fault I was feeling miserable at having lost about 30% from the last two tank fulls so after I came back to my room I checked the two lottery tickets I had bought before leaving home and both had won. One gave me an entry to the next draw and the other won £77 which more than covers the lost petrol!
    I met a very helpful chap called Paul Ireland who convinced me we should spend a little time checking the carburation as it was rich and the ignition timing. I was reluctant as the car was running well. We weakened the mixture two flats on both carbs and slightly advanced the timing using his bulb on a wire to tell us when the points are opening. It has improved things and should also contribute to better fuel consumption and cooler running. He was right as today's run showed to temperature was running about 6 degrees cooler today.
    Paul has a PhD in experimental nuclear physics which might explain the strange glow coming from under the bonnet of his TC.
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  • Day5

    Han sur Lesse Caves

    May 15, 2017 in Belgium

    After extremely large breakfast - Peter managed a full English followed by full continental and I wasn't much better! We drove to Han only 25 mins away from Dinant. You get to the caves via a small train. Entering the dark cool entrance dressed lightly due to blazing sunshine outside we realised too late we should have probably brought coats! The guide (very hunky whose main job is breeding horses for eventing.... sorry got distracted for a moment) The tour guide was very good and as our group was small and all understood English meant we didn't have to listen to 3 languages which seems necessary in Belgium. Fab caves extremely large with lots to see. We walked 2 kilometres of the 17 km network. Peter waited until we were in the largest cave half way into the hillside before asking about earthquakes in the region... some shuffling of feet but nobody headed for the exit. Evidently last rock to fall was in 1984.
    We raided a supermarket for a cheap lunch and headed back to hotel....Gala dinner tonight for all the MG owners then tomorrow we head off on the route to Malta probably a different hotel every night so should make some distance on the map 😎
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  • Day3

    ... in Dinant

    May 13, 2017 in Belgium

    Another great day traveling with good weather and only five minutes rain. The day started with us visiting a factory I was involved with many years ago. It was great to see it being in such good condition and so well managed by my good friend Philippe.
    After our tour of Miller Graphics we headed south on a route carefully plotted by Mandy and ruthlessly edited by the sat nav which was determined to take us on motorways and not on the chosen way.
    As a surprise Mandy took me to see a barge lift at Mons which can lift barges weighing 1350 tonnes through 73 metres in about 6 minutes with not a drop of water leaking as it lifted 8000 tonnes in total. It has two independent lifts. A real feat of engineering.
    We are staying with 23 other MG's at this very nice hotel in Dinant. The food is very good. The rooms are nice and the MG owners and partners are very friendly.
    After a good night's sleep we went into town and visited the church and the Citadel which sits above the town and played a significant part in the first world war. In our way out we met a bunch of Malay tourists who asked us to stop the car so they could take photos.
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  • Day178

    Catching our breath

    April 23, 2017 in Belgium

    We've been a little remiss lately about posting. We're not afraid to admit it ... we're getting tired. We had our first less than stellar Airbnb experience in Auvers, the town from which we visited the Normandy beaches. Let's just say the best part was the little goslings, though the mother goose was terrifying.

    We left a day early and had a surprise stay in Cambrai. We loved our 8th floor studio with a view of some WWI (we think) ruins. We had one of our better meals yet at a hole in the wall restaurant recommended by our host and left for Belgium feeling considerably better.

    We are staying in a little vacation home in a development up in the hills. Very comfortable. We are grateful for the pellet stove, however, because it's damp and low 50's. Maybe 40's. It's 25 minutes to Dinant which is a beautiful little town right on the River Meuse and I would not have thought to go there. We will try for some photos tomorrow.

    But we are getting tired. More and more inclined to just sit. In a few days we will have been on the road for 6 months. Hopefully we'll get a second wind as we still have over 5 weeks til we head back to the states.

    Anyway, the Belgian beer is definitely worth the trip and we're right on the Beer Trail. We're toasting to all our friends and family who are loyally keeping us company as we wander.
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  • Day177

    First Belgium beer tasting

    April 22, 2017 in Belgium

    It was being too difficult to get out to the Beer brewing Abbys today for tasting. However we happened upon a store in Dinant that sold beer by the bottle. We picked out a selection of Abby beers for the evening. We morn the beers that feel during tasting, but they fell for a worthy cause. Excellent beers!Read more

  • Day179

    Dinant II

    April 24, 2017 in Belgium

    Dinant is the closest town of significance to our holiday village in Hastiere and we are so glad it is. We visited it for a second time today.

    Aside from actually snapping some photos, we visited the amazing cathedral with a stained glass window that must be 40 feet high.

    We had a terrific lunch at a Belgian tea and chocolate salon. The carrot coconut curry soup was superb and the salad a revelation of colors, textures and flavors. For dessert I had the cherry tarte and tea; Gordon had the pear and almond tarte with Belgian hot chocolate. Once he added sugar (which they brought out with the drink) he deemed it sublime. Sorry, no pics.

    Before heading back up into the hills, actually the foothills of the Ardenne mountains, we took a minute to pick up the beer selections for the evening's tasting. Mmmmm mm mm.
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  • Day26

    ☹️

    September 1 in Belgium

    Jetzt spinnt meine Elektronik schon wieder... 😆 Irgendwas stimmt nicht und ich muss Montag in eine Werkstatt...
    Also heute und morgen nur Sport und faulenzen. 👍😎
    Schaut euch mal diese Kühe an, ich dachte erst das sind hochbeinige 🐖mit diesen fetten Schenkeln... 🤣

  • Day1

    Camping les Roches, Belgien

    September 23, 2017 in Belgium

    Nach gut 9h Fahrt mit Pausen und ohne grossen Stau kommen wir in Rochefort an wo wir unseren ersten Zwischenhalt geplant haben.
    Unterwegs mit 4 VW-Büssli ist schon mega cool und man ist nicht zu übersehen :-).... doch es verlangt auch einiges ab beim Fahren. So muss man genau schauen und sich gut absprechen, leider haben wir gemerkt dass unser Aldi-Funk für 20.- doch nicht so eine gute Entscheidung war, die Reichweite mit ein paar km angegeben reicht kaum 300m.
    In Rochefort angekommen richten wir uns ein, es ist kleiner aber sehr gemütlicher Campingplatz, die Dame in der Reception ist sehr freundlich und wir erhalten einen Platz für 2 Personen mit Hund alles inklusive für 13€ was sehr günstig ist. Nach einem Spaziergang im Städtchen und einer Runde Spaghetti sowie einem feinen Glas Wein stossen wir auf unsere tollen Ferien an. Es ist recht früh dunkel und so geht es auch bald unter die gemütliche Bettdecke. Morgens um 2 Uhr haut uns der Bass aus dem Schlaf, so haben sie hier in unmittelbarer Nähe eine Technoparty die uns den Schlaf raubt, morgens um 08.00 hämmert es immer noch von weiter Ferne.

    Campingplatz: http://www.lesroches.be/
    Bemerkungen: Campingplatz super, jedoch ganze Nacht Technomusik an Wochenenden
    Wetter: schön
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  • Day43

    Etappe 2 Aalschot -Bauraing 122km

    July 14, 2017 in Belgium

    Een mooie fietsdag vanmorgen en rond 9.30 uur op weg van het prachtige hotel.Al gelijk werd t klimmen en dat was wel weer even wennen.Maar goed daarna was het prachtig glooiend en echt de Bike map route is goed uitgezet.Goede wegen ook en vaak rustige wegen..Na 50 km koffiestop en we kopen voortaan lekkere dingen bij de bakker.want goedkoop is Belgie niet. Daarna op naar Namen over een voormalige oude spoorbaan.Kaarsrecht en wel 30 km.Heerlijk fietsen en t gas ging er vaak op.Ik had geen zitvlakproblemen problemen en de benen voelden goed.In Namen gelijk door naar Dinant en we reden weer te lang door want rond 15.30 uur aan de lunch.Dat gaan we de komende dagen anders doen en eerder starten.Enfin in Dinant voor het beeld van Alolphe sax foto gemaakt en op de brug.Blijft mooi.
    Gelunched in veel te dure zaak en speuren naar een hotel.Dat viel niet mee.of vol of veels te duur.
    Ik vond echter een simpel hotel in Bauraing en dat viel best mee de kamer. Totaal verlaten .geen gasten gezien..maar goed maakt niet uit.Mgn ontbijten we onderweg en starten om 9.00 uur vcor een pittige etappe met 1800 hoogtemeters..waar we zullen eindigen weten we nog niet.maar wel eerder dan de afgelopen dagen.We hebben er nu 260.km op zitten en liggen op schema.
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