Arrondissement Roeselare

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    • Day 6

      Tyne cot cemetery

      July 2, 2022 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      The cemetery was named after a barn at the centre of a German strong point called "Tyne Cot". It was captured in October 1917 in the advance. It contains 11956 graves compromising of 8961 Brits, 997 Canadian, 1368 (soon to be 1369) Australian, 520 NZ, 90 South African, 14 Newfoundland, 2 British West Indian and 4 German soldiers.

      The cross of sacrifice is placed on the original Pill box and there are two other pill boxes in the cemetery.
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    • Day 63

      WWI Battlefields - Tyne Cot Cemetery

      July 4 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Tyne Cot is the largest Commonweath war grave cemetery in the world. There are 950 in France and Belgium. It is on the site of the Battle of Broodseinde, which involved Australian and allied troops in 1917.

      The heavy battles took place in this area as the Allies attempted to take control of the ridges and high ground from the Germans.

      Tyne Cot contains 12000 graves, 9000 of whom are unknown. The walls list the names of 34000 British soldiers with no known grave.
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    • Day 62

      WWI Battlefields - Polygon Wood

      July 3 in Belgium ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

      The Battle of Polygon Wood began on 26 September. 1917.

      The 4th and 5th Australian Divisions attacked the German lines with huge losses. The battle ended with victory on October 3 1917.

      After the war the 5th Australian Division built its memorial in Polygon Wood, overlooking the Buttes New British Cemetery.

      Polygon Wood was completely flattened in the battles. The trees in the woods were replanted after the war and have regrown.
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    • Day 2

      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.


      Was bleibt:
      Die Belgier, die uns begegneten, waren durchweg sehr, sehr freundlich!
      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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    • Day 3

      Konvenient Kortemark

      May 3 in Belgium

      Kortemark is a small market town about 45 minutes from Brugges by train. A convenient stopover after the tunnel in the car park by the nature reserve.

      Visited the market in the morning and then into Brugges for the day.

      Treated to an amazing lightning storm in the evening. Warm lashing rain and great log by show overhead for about twenty minutes. Soaked through watching it outside the van.
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    • Day 18

      Day 15 - Tyne Cot Cemetery

      July 15, 2022 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      This was an event we were all looking forward to. The funeral of an Unknown Australian Soldier who was discovered 5 years ago when the local council were digging an irrigation ditch. His uniform tells us he is an Aussie Digger and his DNA tells us he was 25 years of age, 5 foot 7 inches tall, dark hair, pale complexion, blue eyes and probably born in Scotland.

      It was a touching ceremony and well attended by dignitaries as well as the local community. This was our opportunity to say, 'rest easy digger.'

      After last nights Menin Gate event, once again the Jonathan Church recipients were outstanding in their role requirements and their efforts made it a truly memorable service. Their care and concern for our digger was obvious in their bearing and also on their faces.
      We are still unaware of his identity but we know where we have laid him to rest.
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    • Day 34

      Torhout / Antwerp, Belgium

      June 25, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Today we rode from Willemstad to Antwerp, a port city on Belgium’s River Scheldt. It was an unbelievably hot day reaching 37°. It was a long hard 50kms to our destination but we made it....a little later than planned because we lost one rider along the way! Luckily his wife noticed he was no longer with us. A panic-stricken tour guide and the only other two men set off in various directions to find him. About an hour later he was found! For the men this expedition added a few kms to what was already a very exhausting ride - for the women, it was a very welcome pitstop to relax and revive!
      We had an almost unnoticed crossing of the border from Holland to Belgium until our guide pointed out a big insignificant concrete block at the side of the path!!
      Our lunch stop today was Kasteel Ravenhof (Ravenhof Castle), a castle in the centre of Torhout, West Flanders. The city's park surrounds the castle which now serves as a museum and tourist centre. The promise of Belgian waffles at the café here kept everyone in high spirits....and they didn't disappoint. They were by far the best waffles ever tasted - light and delicious!
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    • Day 1

      Three countries in one day

      May 11, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      The sun shone as we left home at 07.30 it was still shining when we returned to get a rug for Mandy at 07.40. The traffic was heavy and noisy and the weather stayed bright and quite cold all the way to Dover where we met a couple of other MG's making their way to the Ardennes.
      We are now in northern Belgium at a town called Roeselare which is about 65 miles from Dunkirk. The Hotel ter Zuidhoek is nice and we arrived about ten minutes before the heavens opened. We were so lucky as we had the roof down and sunshine for the whole journey.
      The car never missed a beat and did 171 miles on 35 liters and about 200 miles total today.
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    • Day 100

      Say yes to the dress!

      August 2, 2016 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      Rendez-vous with my best friend Joke and my mom.
      For the very first time in my life I am trying some wedding dresses.
      By the way... do you have any idea how expensive wedding dresses are???!! *shocked* 😲
      I am not paying that much for a dress you only wear once... no way! Need to find a solution... ☹
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    • Day 7

      Polygon Wood Cemetery, Zonnebeke

      September 2, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      We spent the day in Belgium today travelling between various cemeteries and war memorials related to my grandfather and his two brothers who fought in WWI in this area. My grandfather's brother, Charles Duncan, was in the 52nd Battalion. He was involved in the battles of Polygon Wood, Ypres and Messines. He was killed in action on the 23rd September 1917 on his 21st birthday. A bomb landed in the gun post he and four others were manning. All were buried in the trench by the bomb and his remains were later exhumed and transferred to Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium.

      So with that being the back story for today, I have split the journey into each of the places we visited in Flanders, the first being Sanctuary Wood Memorial Cemetery with a memorial to the Australian 5th Division. Of the 2,100 soldiers buried here, only about a quarter are identified. The surrounding wood was peaceful and squirrels were running between the graves. It is here Kate started her sketching activities.

      Across the road is another smaller cemetery and what is incredible about all of the cemeteries we visited is how they adjoin the farms around them. This one had a donkey and chicken run on one side, a house and corn fields surrounding the rest.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Arrondissement Roeselare, Arrondissement de Roulers

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