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Old 08-22-2010, 08:02 AM   #1
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France and Belgium - near Lamorteau

On the border of Belgium and France there is a forest. There is an old road leading to Pont Camus. First it's a hard gravel road with ruts made by water. Then it changes to a dirt road partially overgrown with grass. It was rainy for the last week so I had to negotiate muddy road where sun has no access. I have reached dry dirt road and arrived on tarmac by a cross put up in memory of the people killed during French Revolution.









Arriving at Lamorteau:




Then turned sharp left and went on the other side of the valley with a view towards Virton:


This way I have came from:




From there I tried to go along the valley, but the road was closed. So I took the one going up hill. It was tough, rocky with boulders and all wet. As long as I have pressed on allowing the bike to dance around I was doing progress. But when I was forced to stop I had problem to start again. Back wheel was spinning on a wet rock. Some swinging and pushing helped, but it was not without a slowmo drop in the process.





Surely you can't see the incline on the photos.

Finally, sweating, I have made it to the normal road in the fields.





The cross was made in the 16th century and has been even sold at some point!

From there once again I took a road that was closed after some 500m. So I took another one and ended up in a field. The map was showing a road. Confused I went on a muddy road leading into the woods. It was real muddy. Checking the GPS I have realized that it will lead me nowhere. So I turned to reach the field I have seen before. Once there I just followed tracks on the harvested field and finally reached bumpy dirt road.

Here is the track from that day:

Lamorteau


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Old 08-22-2010, 09:45 AM   #2
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VDV - nice trip, and good effort on the Transalp. Makes me want to head North and try some of those trails.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:53 AM   #3
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beautiful countryside - even the mud looks friendly!
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Old 08-22-2010, 12:10 PM   #4
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VDV - nice trip, and good effort on the Transalp. Makes me want to head North and try some of those trails.
Thanks, TA is must be good for such a heavy bike, because I am just a noob ;)

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beautiful countryside - even the mud looks friendly!
The not-so-friendly mud I was handling, not photographing
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