Taxandria del Norte

A fair bit of rain last night so I changed my riding plans from a technical gravel ride to a more straight surface. I don’t mind getting dirty and riding some muddy tracks but it had been pouring all night: there’s mud and there’s mud. Anyway, I rode another track that is about 130 km long and I’m still not convinced whether I like it or not.

You see, it has huge amounts of straight roads, asphalt and I don’t like that. But then there were also huge stretches of gravel, old fashioned hard soiled gravel. I’m not a great fan of that either. But still when I got home I was quit satisfied. Instead of doing slow and technical gravel rides this was a speedy gravel ride. I think a lot of my buddies would tag this as favourite. So it wasn’t the best type of ride for me but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this one. I left at dawn again, with some pancakes on my stomach and the rest of them for the family when they woke up. Once on the bike and out on the dikes close to my home I was already excited to see the great morning light. That is one of the main reasons of leaving so early, having that great morning light! The other reason is that I can ride longer or slower and still be home somewhere in the afternoon. and the clouds today where just stunning! #cloudlover

Anyways, this track runs trough a big section of where I grew up and where me and my friends wandered as teenagers, we had quit a big area covered. We often left in the morning on our bikes creating mayhem all over the towns nearby returning just in time for supper in the evening, no questions asked! Especially in the corn and wheat fields we had some serious fun, we had to ran away several times from an outraged farmer.
The track also passed my parents place so I stopped there for a coffee and chat and accompanied my dad to the butcher store on my way out.

Dad

Energy was very ok on this ride, probably because there were no hills to climb and no soft sands to conquer for long kilometres. I’m fairly new to long distance rides but yet amazed on how quickly you get used to it. But still, I prefer those as well in my rides. Ah well, maybe next time. The track also passed a friends house so I made a stop there as well. You cannot pass a friends house without saying a quick hello and have a quick refill. That takes me to the next point. I left home with about 4 litres of water. It made the bike significantly heavier but still I prefer that instead of being thirsty on a hot day for an hour or two. This track is never far away from civilisation so water wasn’t too far away but that doesn’t matter. I had proof of concept on my bike setup.

Is this my favourite ride ever? Surely not! Is this a great ride? It sure is!
It takes you along nice roads, both asphalt & gravel with stunning views, especially with clouds like today. And if your a bit of a chaser this combination of gravel & asphalt will be the perfect fit for your fast CX or Gravel bike. I wouldn’t recommend to ride this one with a road bike with small tyres. You or your wheels will be broken when you get home .
It’s about 50/50 Gravel vs Asphalt

At the end of the track (Lier to Rumst) I wanted to follow the river but they were working on that cycle path, so I followed the main road. Hope when you ride this the cycle path is back open.

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