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Polygoon van Zonnebeke

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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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  • 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

  • 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
     
  • 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
     
  • Day4

    Hill 62

    March 11, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Hitler fought here. He was gassed here by the British. After the gas attack, he cut his mustache to fit inside his gas mask. It is said that the gas changed his vocal cords and gave him an hypnotic type of voice (ie. Morgan Freeman)Read more

  • Day13

    Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

    July 3, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    This was an incredibly large cemetery located just outside of Passchendale. This was stunning. There's a small museum here and the main cross in the centre is built on an old German bunker that you are still able to see.Read more

  • Day7

    Tyne Cot Cemetery, Flanders

    September 2, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    I came to Tyne Cot Cemetery in 1991 but couldn't recall much about it other than it was really big! It has had the addition of a visitors centre since then and as you approach a sombre voice is reading out the voices inscribed on the graves and the wall of the cemetery. It is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war and is located just outside of Passchendale. With over 11,900 soldiers laid to rest, there isn't really much more than can be said about such a tragic outcome.Read more

  • Day7

    Lunch in Zonnebeke, Flanders

    September 2, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    What better way than to spend lunch with a view like this! Across from the lake is the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Craig played a little guitar, which became rather hilarious when a guy passing buy made a show of coming over and giving him 50 cents! I need to put the boy to work obviously...

    We had a local baguette and pastries washed down with a bottle of the local Passchendaele Ale. A lovely afternoon.
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  • Day7

    Sanctuary Wood Museum (Hill 62)

    September 2, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We stopped here for a bit of fun for the kids. The farmer who owned this farm during WWI returned to his farm after the war to find it riddled with trenches as it had been the site of the battle at Hill 62 which was mostly a Canadian forces offensive. The museum at this farm is privately maintained by the grandson of the original farmer who elected to preserve a number of the trenches.

    So, the kids went wild! Apparently running around in here was like all their dreams had come true. Who knew we only needed to dig and connect some holes in the back yard! As could be expected in this part of the world though, it was muddy and wet and I get the impression that this is the norm. Light drizzly rain stops anything from drying out much. Kate said she didn't want to get trench foot. Through this place you can still see evidence of the craters formed by shells.
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  • Day32

    Side trips to West Flanders

    June 7, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    While relaxing in Wannegem has certainly been pleasant, Nancy and I felt the need to move. We took daily bike rides through the countryside and a couple of side trips to western Flanders.

    A couple of months ago we had dinner with our friend Alexander at the Avanti pizza place. They served a Belgian ale by de Dolle Brewers called Oerbier. It hit all the right notes for a good belgian, so I looked up the brewery and we visited. De Dolle means 'mad brewers'. The brewery was started by a few college friends back in 1980 and they've been brewing ever since. They still have no employees. Every few weeks the families gather to bottle and crate together. They now turn out 500,000 bottles per year with no plans for expansion. Chris showed me around the place and we were able to enjoy a great beer from the tap before heading back 'home'.

    Another day we accompanied Manu and Katelijn to the area around Ypres to visit a recent art installation located in a regional park that was once a notorious WW1 battlefield. The artist, Koen Vanmechelen, puts chickens at the center of most of his works. The eggs represent the lives of the soldiers lost in that conflict. The large egg at the center represents rebirth. Afterwards we dropped by our old haunt on the Kemmelberg for refreshment.
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