Arrondissement de Thuin

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  • Day6

    Thank god for soccer

    June 6, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Rode 60 shitty miles.

    The first 20 were EXTREMELY hot and in the sun (and my face is already peeling and burnt from day 1 - its very attractive)

    The next 25 were under construction, unimaginably hilly detours around the interstate (which googlemaps kept trying to put me on), or gravel/dirt/poorly maintained.

    The last 15, mercifully, were through a beautiful and cool forest, which smelled amazing (like forest-scented air freshener), but entirely uphill

    So I didn't make it to my destination, but I made it to some random small town in southern Belgium near it, where it's 9:25 pm on a Wednesday, but, to my surprise, everything is still open because there's a Belgium-Egypt soccer match tonight. Enjoying a Jupiter beer and Belgium is 2-0! Even the hard days end up alright.
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  • Day7

    Campsite #3

    June 7, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    Where I endured one of the strongest thunderstorms I've ever seen on a bike trip.

    I was woken up around 1am by rain pounding on my tent, thunder and lightning. This "campsite" was not technically at a "campground" - I just pitched my tent on the side of the trail - and I didn't know it was supposed to rain, so I hadn't secured my rainfly very well.

    I woke up again at 3am. The lightning and wind had picked up and I had lost a stake. After listening to the trees getting blown around and feeling my tent almost move with me in it, I decided to abandon ship and find real shelter in case a branch fell on me. I put my raingear on and headed out. Naturally, about 15 minutes later, things calmed down.

    Didn't get much sleep and coffeeshops don't open until noon around here (apparently). This morning is a struggle.
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  • Day14

    Mini village of Lompret.

    October 17, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Arrived in Chimay and as it was yet another sunny day, sat in the Grand Cafe and I had a fabulous salad full of all things regional! Britt even tried (and liked!!) the local eel! Burgers for the guys. Lovely people watching, the best being the "happy Belgian" couple next to us - Mike's pic tells all LOL - just talk to me if you have to.... Enjoyed yummy "table" beer Chimay - not avail in Canada - boo hoo.

    Drove by Abbaye de Norte Dame de Scourment and got as close to the source of Chimay Trappist beer as possible. Lovely Abbaye but very privee. Quick pic and on our way to “a way too commercialized” cafe that sold all things Chimay. Soon out of there.

    Then on our way to our B & B Hotel Franc Bois in Lompret. Nice owner with pooch Baloo, showed us our rooms - top floor of course with many stairs for M and B to drag our suitcases up to! Pleasant clean rooms - great breakfast next day - basic and a bit more as in all our stops. Every place we stayed in has stairs!! Jeakes House likely the steepest and narrowest. Off on a wee hike around the tiny village area - some dude climbing rock up and behind. Sat on church walls for a bit, just so enjoying the sun and air and Britt had fun clicking pics - so scenic an area.

    Dinner ..... hmm, so many places in Chimay closed on a Tuesday eve! Britt and I found L'Originale - looked great so off we went to find it. Construction every which way we turned so finally parked our car in the main square and walked - tripping along on cobblestones being repaired....found the restaurant, part of the old Chateau in years past - incredibly cool once we opened the door (looked very closed but ladies said ouverte so in we went) - a bit unnerving but down, down the stairs we went to a small restaurant - full on white linen and looked gorgeous but fully booked. Darn! Back to the Grand Cafe for pizza - huge, just fine - and we seemed to entertain the locals as we have done before. We were pleased to be in another area free of tourists, feeling that we were getting a true sense of Belgium and Belgians. Getting sort of a cool initial reaction, hesitant then a cautious warmth.

    Full tummies yet again and then back to comfy lodgings, looking forward to new adventures the next day....staying in a true castle!!
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  • Day13


    June 19, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Idag är dagen vi båda har sett fram emot.
    Startade tidigt och hamnade i morgontrafiken in mot Paris. Kom in i Versailles och snurrade runt på en massa smågator ej gjorda för husbil. Men vips var vi ute på större gator och såg slottet. Hade fått ett tips på en parkering för större fordon. Min duktiga kartläsare Maggan lyckades se den lilla skylten med namnet på parkeringen😘
    Uppe vid slottet blev det lite strul med biljetterna för att vi inte fattade. Slottet var så fantastiskt som man hade föreställt sig. Spegelsalen, bataljsalen och allt annat.
    Sedan bar det av ut i ”träggårn”. Vi gick runt och tittade i denna park en stund. Sedan köpte vi biljetter till minitåget som körde runt hela området. Visste det var stort men det var enormt.
    Nöjda och glada gick vi till en uteservering.
    Där beställde vi var sin Galette med olika innehåll.

    Dags att åka igen. Upplevde mina värsta mil på ringleden i Paris. Bilar överallt som bytte fil hela tiden. Motorcyklar som körde förbi mellan köerna. Räddningsfordon som försökte komma fram.
    Men en positiv sak var det! När vi rundade ett krön så stod Eiffeltornet där i solskenet. Inget som skymde och vi såg hela från där vi kom. Riktigt häftigt.
    Några mil på vägen sedan hamnade vi i Belgien. Hittade en liten camping vid Chimey där munkarna brygger trappistöl.
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  • Day7

    Gastropods of Belgium Under Attack

    June 7, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    The snails and slugs of the Rance Regional Forest in southern Belgium woke up to a grisly scene Thursday morning. An American cyclist rode 18 miles through rush hour traffic, injuring dozens. Some, like Monsieur Jean-Baptiste Lelimace (pictured) narrowly missed death by bicycle, but many remain unaccounted for or in critical condition. Paramedic crews are, very very slowly, on their way to the scene.Read more

  • Day937

    Chimay, Saintes-Pierre-et-Paul

    March 15, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Obwohl das Tourismusbüro schon geschlossen hat, gibt es dort freundlicherweise noch spät einen Stempel für den Pilgerausweis. Die Kirche Saintes-Pierre-et-Paul ist leider geschlossen. Im Ort gibt es eine ganze Reihe von Restaurants und Herbergen. Am Freitagmorgen findet der Wochenmarkt statt, dort werden auch lebende Hühner, Tauben, Wachteln etc. angeboten.Read more

  • Day938

    Auberge de Poteaupré

    March 16, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Chimay ist bekannt für sein Trappistenbier; hier gibt es eine ganze Erlebnislandschaft mit Restaurant, Hotel, Museum und Shop. Ein paar 100 Meter nördlich entspringt die Oise, an der die Via Thierache später ein ganzes Stück entlangführt.Read more

  • Day938

    Abbaye Norte-Dame de Scourmont

    March 16, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Die Abtei ist tatsächlich gar nicht an der Via Tierache, ein kleiner Umweg lohnt sich jedoch. Das Kloster bzw. die Kirche ist zugänglich, und einen Pilgerstempel erhalten wir an der Pforte. Jakobspilger können hier auch übernachten.Read more

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Arrondissement de Thuin, Arrondissement Thuin