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  • Day2

    Tag 2

    July 18, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Nach einem leckeren Frühstück ging unser zweiter Tag entpannt los. Aber auch nur die ersten Kilometer, 50% Strasse (Feldweg), 50% Schotter.

    Astrein! Wir haben richtig Strecke gemacht, es hat nur so gestaubt. Leider geht der TET an einigen Stellen zum Beispiel in eine Sackgasse, man durchquert Bauernhöfe und findet sich dann auf einem Singletrail wieder. Aber sowas von Singletrail, das man in der Spur bleiben sollte. Links und rechts Stacheldraht, eine Wurzel über die man eigentlich drüber springen sollte usw.
    Wir haben unsere Motorräder heute insgesamt 5mal abgelegt. An sich kein Problem. Aber die Motorräder finden das nicht so klasse. Gut, wir haben beim ewigen Aufheben echt ordentlich geschwitzt. Die Motorräder quittierten, bei Klaus: abgebrochener Kupplungshebel, verdreckter Bremslichtschalter hinten (nach Fehlersuche und Reinigen wieder o.k.), Wackelkontakt am Bremshebel mit Dauerleuchten des Bremslichts.
    David: Tourenscheibenhalterung gebrochen.

    Wir haben nach diesen Faux-pas erkannt, das wir das mit den grossen Maschinen so nicht wollen.
    Ich hätte gern meine kleine 350er racing hier. Da waere das alles nicht so schlimm.
    Fazit: kein TET mehr mit den GS.
    Wir entschliessen uns, Nebenstrassen durch Adventure routing von Garmin auszuprobieren. Keine ellenlange Landstrassen, eher Nebenrouten.

    Nachdem wir das Waterloo Memorial besichtigten nächtigen wir heute in Waterloo.
    Die Motorräder stehen im Hotelhof und wir besuchen den Griechen im Ort.

    Yammas!

    Was bleibt:
    Die Belgier, die uns begegneten, waren durchweg sehr, sehr freundlich!
    Hundehalter
    Reiter
    Bauern
    Jogger
    Mountainbiker
    Passanten
    Rennradfahrer
    Man grüsst sich, hält den Daumen hoch und schenkt sich ein Lächeln (unser Lächeln war wegen des Helms nicht sichtbar, aber da). Man gibt sich Platz, für die Pferde hiess es für uns Motor aus und warten. Alles eine Frage des Respekts.

    Da können sich die bornierten Deutschen mal eine Scheibe abschneiden.
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    Klaus Wohlgefahrt

    GS aufheben Teil 3

    7/18/20Reply
    Klaus Wohlgefahrt

    GS müde? GS schlafen 😂

    7/18/20Reply
    Klaus Wohlgefahrt

    Soooo viel Kühe! Man achte auf die dicken Hüften (der Kühe!)

    7/18/20Reply
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  • Day1

    Oha, ein Unfall. Und auch noch ONroad...

    July 17, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Wir haben einen kurzen Stop zum Telefonieren gemacht, leider muss nach so einem Telefonat das GPS wieder neu zu sich finden. Ich fahre also vor, die Nadel mit meinem Standort dreht sich munter wie ein Brummkreisel. Der Track biegt nach rechts ab, ich fahre geradeaus. Als ich merke, das ich hätte abbiegen müssen, fahre ich rechts ran und stehe fast. David schaut in diesem Moment ebenfalls auf seinen Navi und erwischt mich links am Auspuff. Sein Motorrad war nicht schnell, vielleicht 15km/h. Trotzdem bekam ich mächtig Schub von hinten und ging ab in den Graben. Dort versank das Motorrad im weichen Erdreich und ich bin mit einem Salto nach vorn abgestiegen. David hat sein Motorrad ebenfalls abgelegt.
    Keiner verletzt!
    Aber wir haben sozusagen einen Reparaturworkshop zuhause, mein Auspufftopf muss neu, der Sturzbügel von Dave vielleicht auch.
    So ein Mist. Keine wichtigen Teile haben Schaden genommen. Der Auspuff ist dicht, alles an Abgasen kann raus.
    Vor lauter Schreck haben wir erstmal ein "Pannenbier" getrunken.
    Nun beenden wir im kleinen Städtchen Ieper unseren 1. Tourtag nach ca 550km.
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    Dennis Garthe

    Ich hab jetzt mal gefällt mit geklickt. Aber eher das es weitergeht. Kopf hoch. Ist nur Metall

    7/17/20Reply
    Klaus Wohlgefahrt

    Wir reparieren zusammen. Hätten auch nicht mehr fahrbereit sein können. Dann wäre es das gewesen für das Wochenende.

    7/17/20Reply
    Volker Janz

    Glück gehabt würde ich sagen! Viel Spaß weiterhin und Grüße aus Oberstdorf!

    7/17/20Reply
    Klaus Wohlgefahrt

    Danke, und Dir auch noch einen tollen Urlaub!

    7/17/20Reply
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  • Day51

    Day 51 - Waterloo I Was Defeated

    September 23, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Woke up to a cool misty morning & we were back on the road by 8.10am. 30 minutes later we approached Belgium with our passports & itinerary to hand. There was no border, just a sign telling us we were now in Belgium.

    First stop was Spa and to the Formula 1 race track. We were able to drive right up to the grandstand, but everything was all locked up. We then drove into & around the town of Spa, which wasn’t overly exciting.

    We set the SatNav for Waterloo and due to diversions we ended up passing through an attractive little town called Sougné-Remouchamps, which is the home of cycling champion, Philippe Gilbert. We spotted a cafe that seemed ideal for a late breakfast.

    We parked up outside the 251 year old Royal Hotel Bonhomie & walked to the cafe. It was now when we first discovered that Belgium is far stricter than other countries with it’s mask requirements. It is compulsory around town.

    We entered the cafe & ordered two coffees, then Jackie ordered a tuna salad baguette. I then asked for the same, but with sliced egg. The lady returned with two tuna baguettes, but mine with egg as well. Horror of horrors, I tried to explain that I don’t eat fish, she couldn’t understand & took both away in a huff. I chased after her & relieved her of Jackie’s & somehow managed to order an egg & rocket baguette. Everything turned out ok, but just felt a bit awkward.

    Next stop was Waterloo & the Memorial of Waterloo 1815 museum located on the site of the Battle of Waterloo. We paid our €16 each which was reasonable & followed the designated route with our masks on. It was an interactive museum with lots of exhibits & culminated in a 15 minute 3D video depicting the events of the 18th June 1815, when 300,000 soldiers clashed. 40,000 men died or were wounded & Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated.

    We then entered the Rotunda, which had a 360 degree Panorama of the events, then climbed the 226 steps to the top of Lion’s Mound for our panoramic view of the battlefield below. The Lion’s Mound was erected in 1826 to commemorate the exact spot where the Prince of Orange was wounded.

    It was over 2 hours well spent, then we hit the road for Ypres (Leper). Around 4.30pm we arrived at B&B Inga in the heart of Ypres old town. We have the run of the whole place, including a well stocked kitchen, as there are no other guests.

    Before going anywhere we set about completing our Public Health Passenger Locator Forms & submitting them. About 6.30pm we walked out into the rain & hotfooted it to the Ypra Inn next to the Menin Gate. The barman confirmed that the Last Post ceremony was still place, but with a restricted audience of just 200 persons instead of the usual 1000s.

    Jackie & I sat in the bar with a Belgian beer & watched a small crowd gather. With 20 minutes still to go, we took up two of the last few remaining allocated spots under Menin Gate. At 8.00pm sharp, three buglers appeared & played the Last Post. As always it was a very moving experience.

    It was still pouring with rain, so we ducked into a bar in the main square across from St Martin’s Cathedral & had another beer. It was all a bit damp & miserable so we called it a night, without lunch or dinner!

    Song of the Day : Waterloo by ABBA.

    Bonus Song : Last Post by The Central Band of the Royal British Legion.
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    David Byng

    Didnt stay j the usual haunt then . Is that bedause last time no ome coukd sleep because of your snooring ?

    9/24/20Reply
     
  • Day3

    Day three

    March 4, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

    Left Sevenoaks at 08.45 and arrived at Dover at 10.00 for the 11.00 ferry.
    Left on time.

    Left Calais and drove to Ploegsteert Memorial, then onto Ypres.
    Walked into town and back again.

    A bit wet 😔.

  • Day4

    Hooge Crater museum

    September 8, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Has nothing to do with the actual crater. Food was quick a decent (rowdy kids aside :-)). Museum was okay but short and didn't have much to add to other museums in the area. I was hoping for a Crater but didn't have time to go hunting for itRead more

  • Day4

    Day four

    March 5, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    Woke up to a rainy and dull morning.
    Went into Ypres for some shopping and then visited the In Flanders Field museum. A very impressive display of WW1 items some of which are interactive.
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  • Day5

    Day five

    March 6, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Much better weather today, so we visited Tyne Cot Cemetery where my grand uncle is commemorated, it is an awesome sight.
    Following this we followed a 6k walking route around Yper, it took around 2 hours and was very pleasant.
    Tonight we will attend the memorial at Ploegsteet where there will be a playing of the bugle at 19.00.
    Paid a visit to the Hooge Crater Museum, it was very well laid out and is worth a look.
    Just back from Ploegsteet and I was amazed at how many people were there. There were a number of wreaths laid and the atmosphere was electric.
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    Scott Paul

    Enjoyed the pictures and video. Have never been to Belgium but I’m adding it to my bucket list.

    3/13/20Reply
     
  • Day44

    France Country 8

    January 20, 2020 in France ⋅ ⛅ 45 °F

    Popped out of the Chunnel and like that I am in country 8. Looks like GB except the cars are left hand drive. Coming out of the Chunnel into France, proud of myself for getting to 8 countries, and I'm thinking, "wow the people here don't sound any different than the people in England", pause, pause, no kidding I think... I'm still on the same train.Read more

  • Day174

    Day 175: In Flanders Fields

    August 8, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Time for some non-UNESCO exploration today! After another delicious home-cooked breakfast from our hosts, we walked over to the rental car office about 15 minutes away where we picked up our car, and headed off into the countryside. The car is great - a VW Golf "Supervan" which basically means it's slightly longer and slightly taller than the regular Golf. A little bit more room inside, but it's got some great feature upgrades too over the Golf I used to have in Sydney. This one has a full built-in navigation system which means Shandos can relax rather than give directions, and it's got auto-parking as well so I can just let it park itself! Good stuff.

    Off we went into the south-west countryside, heading towards the town of Ypres (EYE-Per) and the World War I battlefields area. Although most of the trenches in WWI were in France, the most northern sections went through Belgium, and many many people died in this area.

    We decided to do our own self-guided tour of the area, starting at Tyne Cot cemetery, which is the largest Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in the world. I think there were around 12,000 headstones here, though about 80% of them were unidentified, and then another 35,000 names running around the walls of soldiers KIA or MIA whose remains were never found/identified. It's built on a small hill that was the site of vicious fighting at several points, and three German bunkers are still on the site. Also interested to find that it's called Tyne Cot because the houses in the area reminded the British soldiers of cottages near Newcastle-upon-Tyne!

    Next stop was the Buttes New British Cemetery, not as big but with a nice obelisk standing on a hill. Again this was the site of heavy fighting, the hill itself was a rifle range before the war and was basically the only terrain feature worth noting for miles around, so it became strategically important.

    We also visited the nearby Duitse Begraafplaats Langemark (German Students Cemetery), which was mostly German soldiers. These had mostly been buried in a mass grave as they were unidentifiable, and it's the Student's cemetery because the brigades that fought and died here were mostly student volunteers.

    Also nearby was a Canadian cemetery and memorial, marking the spot where poison gas was used for the first time in warfare (22 April 1915). Lots of people died, and though WWI is in many ways synonymous with the use of gas, it was actually surprisingly ineffective as a weapon and accounted for relatively few casualties.

    Quick pitstop at a rural supermarket for some takeaway lunch before heading to the John McRae memorial. He's the man who wrote the famous In Flanders Fields poem while fighting in the area, and the bunkers where he was working as a surgeon at the time are still preserved. Interesting to look at!

    After this we drove into the town of Ypres to visit the In Flanders Fields museum, which was excellent. We also paid a little extra for our tickets as the belfry attached to the museum building (originally a market hall) was part of the UNESCO listing for Belgian belfries. So of course we had a look! The museum was great; very modern and very detailed with lots of stuff to look at and absorb. Unfortunately we had to hurry through the last parts of the museum as our parking was running out!

    Back outside, we topped up the parking meter and checked out Menin Gate, a huge memorial archway at the entrance to the city. Around it is the name of every service man and woman who perished in the area during WWI - so it's pretty big as you'd expect! Decided not to wait around for 8pm when they play the Last Post, but instead grabbed a quick drink at a local cafe.

    Back to Bruges where we managed to find a decent parking spot and headed into town for dinner. Went to another one of the tourist restaurants on the main square, but this one didn't have quite as good food, sadly. Off to bed ahead of another move tomorrow!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Tyne Cot cemetery

    8/11/17Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    Australian memorial

    8/11/17Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    German memorial (grass in background is a mass grave)

    8/11/17Reply
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  • Day7

    Hill 60

    September 2, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Whistle stop to wander around Hill 60. The concrete bunker was used by both German and British Armies. This was another site riddled with underground tunnels which were used by both sides. They would try to dig close to the other side, listen in and once confirmed it was the enemy would set of explosives to try and cave in their tunnel network. The Australian soldiers were known to dig as low as 8 metres to try and get right under the Germans without detection - they would occasionally die from carbon monoxide poisoning or the tunnels would collapse.

    The site was purchased by a British family after the war in order to preserve it as is. There were so many fallen soldiers whose bodies had sunk into the mud during the battle that they could not be retrieved and buried properly.
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    David Duncan

    Dad was at Hill 60 for a period of time.

    9/3/17Reply
     

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Arrondissement Ieper, Ypres