This one is a sweet one! Usually i’m quite disappointed in the long stretches of concrete between the villages in Flanders. You can drive from one village to another without even getting a glimpse of nature. Although, in the last few rides, ever since I changed my routing preference to gravel and offroad I’ve come to realise there is still a fair but of green behind the concrete wall. And today’s ride surely was one of the a-listers for that reason. I enjoyed every meter of the 121 kilometers in this track!
Today we, Paul and I played an away game. Since the day I got to know the existence of Strada Campina I was keen on riding it. We didn’t have the whole day so we road a small part of the course, better than nothing. Incredibly beautiful, varied and certainly tastes for more. I think about 90 percent is gravel or sand, so great experience for those gravel maniacs! And the underground goes from hard gravel to real soft sand that sucks the speed and energy out of your legs.
This one goes straight into my top 5 of most favourite hikes. Located in the Province of “Namen” this hike is a little gem. This 18km track is very diversified from wide landscapes to thick forest, to narrow dense bushes ending in a passage straight trough the corn field.
Can’t gravel without a descent pair of tyres. I was still riding my Road Schwalbes with an anti-puncture layer. To be honest, they did just fine! But all those gravel rides deserve a good tyre. So I mounted the tyres that initially came with my bike. Not only are they perfect for gravel rides, they sure look good as well on the bike! Can’t wait to ride these!
Yesterday my friend @Belgian.Biker and me got out to do a quick Gravel tour somewhere. Weather was not that nice a lot of wind and a fair bit of rain in the beginning of the ride. Once it stopped raining we really enjoyed being on the bikes. The first part of the trip was a lot of asphalt connecting long strokes of Gravel. After a while we started freewheeling based on what we assumed was a great gravel detour on our route. Most of them where succesfull but one really got us by the balls. It went from a small track to a walking trail to an almost invisible trail.
Incredibly beautiful & plaisant ride: a combination of hiking and mountain bike tracks with the occasional bit of asphalt to bridge an obstacle. And so beautiful to see the back of Flanders. Took time to talk to a peasant who in the end told his complete life story, enjoyed the views, …
It supposed to be our first big hike towards the end of the corona period. But I guess my map reading skills where still in hibernation, I lost track of my route.. oh well! We just wandered around until we found where we were and headed back tot the starting point. Nevertheless this is an awesome region, with a lot of scenic views and small walking trails! Coming back soon when my orientations skills are back on point 😉 (The 2 hours sleep last night might be the reason for that)
It was time to get back on the bike! Due to the Corona restrictions we just wandered around our house with hikes and walks but I was getting fed up with that. So after a year, I gave the bike another try. With a big detour from around 100 km I went to visit my parents and some other family members. I didn’t made it a race bike trip, I just wandered around stopped to eat, take photos and enjoy the road. This suits me far better then racing against time and Strava segment… It was great to see my parents again in real life!