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Old 09-10-2012, 07:37 AM   #16
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Friday morning the bikes got packed.





Just before they got on the road, it started raining.



It was lashing down all friday. I went for a walk into Vielsalm, but as my camera isn't waterproof I didn't take any pictures. The rest of the day, I spent in my room reading and thinking about where to go next week.

During the afternoon it cleared up, and here's the garage packed with bikes after all the guests had arrived.



At dinner I was invited over to the table of 8 dutch guys/women. We had a really good evening, and they invited me out to ride with them the following day.
Saturday morning we rode out. Here's the group at a rest stop.



The nice sourroundings we were in.



Some GPS problems made for a good rest-stop.





In the pretty little town of St. Hubert,





we stopped for lunch.



I had a great day riding with them.



There was a funny incident during the afternoon. While we slowly rumbled through a village, a little boy around 3 stood watching us. We all waved at him, and after a second or 2 he opened his mouth up wide, lost his dummy, and started waving energetically back to us with a big grin on his face. Priceless. His father watching had also a big smile on his face.



Back home at the biker-motel again it was bbq night as always on a saturday night. Here's all the guests sitting outside in the backgarden, while the grill is fired up.



Excellent food



Later in the evening after eating, a bonfire was made in the garden and good stories was exchanged around the fire



That saturday became a late night.

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Old 09-10-2012, 08:06 AM   #17
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Great report and pictures, thanks for the effort. Is good to see some "on-road" adventures here.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:10 AM   #18
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Great report and pictures, thanks for the effort. Is good to see some "on-road" adventures here.
Thanks a lot Ninjaalentejano, more coming up
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:13 AM   #19
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Sunday morning all the guests left but me and 3 other dutch guys. At breakfast we talked about riding out together. They wanted to go to Luxembourg, and I thought great, then I can finish the route there I had originally planned, and visit the town of Luxembourg.
Around 09:30 we set out through these landscapes.



We stopped in this little town,



for cake and a coffee.





Nice tarmac awaited us.



We stopped for a photo shoot and enjoyed the views.





There was a lot of bikes out this sunday.



The 3 guys I was riding with this sunday.





Shortly after we split up, as they wanted to ride the country roads and I wanted to go to the city of Luxembourg. So here I'm on my own again.



Great roads,



with great views.



I reached the city of Luxembourg. Here's one of the entrance gates to the old city.



Part of the old city,



and the skyline of the bank-area.



I parked the bike and had a stroll around the old city.



Here's the Duke's palace.



I got there just in time for the changing of the guards.





After a bite to eat I continued around in town.











Back at Baton Rouge I had dinner with the 3 other guys, and we exchanged stories about our experiences after we'd split up earlier on. I planned my route for the next day monday, my last day this time here at the biker-motel, before going to bed.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:47 AM   #20
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Nice RR, looks all very familiar to me as the Ardennes start 50 km from my house. Enjoy your trip.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:15 PM   #21
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There was a funny incident during the afternoon. While we slowly rumbled through a village, a little boy around 3 stood watching us. We all waved at him, and after a second or 2 he opened his mouth up wide, lost his dummy, and started waving energetically back to us with a big grin on his face. Priceless. His father watching had also a big smile on his face.
I always think that moments like this make any trip. Another great ride report from you PR.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:50 PM   #22
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I think the Ardennes has got to be my favourite place in the world that ive seen so far. I try to get over once a year, off there in October hopefully, just waiting on news about another job first. When youre there next theres a steakhouse on the way back from Lux towards Vielsalm called El Toros, if you eat meat this is a fantastic restaurant and worth blowing the budget at least once. We always visit when we are over.

Brilliant report, thanks very much.

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:44 PM   #23
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+1 on a great RR.
The Ardennes; just the name sends something of a shiver. Given the time/money, to traverse the steps my dad took from Normandy, through the Ardennes, and into Germany during the second world war is something of a dream of mine. I've 'blown' a couple of opportunities and ridden in the Alps instead, perhaps I'll get another opportunity later.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:29 PM   #24
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africadero thanks, you live near a very nice area.

IslandMonkey, thanks mate glad you enjoy my report.

helmik thanks for your comment. Enjoy your trip in October. Also thanks for the tip about El Toros, will definetly try that next time - love meat.

on2wheels52, great respect for your dad, he participated in the liberation of Europe, fantastic! If you get the chance, you should go to the Ardennes. Very nice riding area packed with memorials and museums from the battle of the bulge.

There's a lot more to come, will work on the report later on today.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:08 AM   #25
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The goal of the day was to see the citadelle in the town Namur. Hetty had warned me that I might get disappointed and suggested I paid the town Dinant a visit, while I was in the area.
I started out, and in a roundabout in a small town I saw this. Guess the love bicycles there.



I continued through the countryside.







Nice houses.



I stopped at the castle Chateau de Modave.



I'd started out too early this day, the castle wasn't open yet, so I had a walk about the castle and looked at it from the outside.











Impressive views from the castle.



A last goodbye to the castle, and I continued on.



I went through small villages. I'd noticed during my stay here in the Ardennes, that there's hardly any old houses and buildings. The area must have been bombed and shelled totally to pieces during the battle of the bulge.



I reached the river Meuse



and followed it the rest of the way into Namur.





Here's Namur with the citadelle .





The Citadelle de Namur used to be one of the biggest military installations in Europe.



It was in active use up untill 1977.









It disappointed me though, that it was laid out as a public green area / park.



There was nothing on display from it's active military period.



The best thing about it was the views from up here over Namur and the river Meuse.



Under a threatening dark sky I continued along the river,



and reached the town Dinant. Dinant is dominated by some big rocks around which the town is built.







Riding back again towards Baton Rouge.











Monday is Ben and Hetty's day off, and since I was the only one staying at their place, they invited me out to eat with them. Very nice!
I sat and waited for them and played with their dogs.
Here's Billy the Kid,



and here's Jesse James. Funny thing is that they both are female dogs



I had a good eveing out with my hosts, but forgot the camera...
Next day I was to leave and move on.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:19 AM   #26
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woo, ugly doggies old midaged men with no tastes
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:47 AM   #27
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woo, ugly doggies old midaged men with no tastes
Ha ha, yes personally I prefer a Doberman myself, we had 3 of them when I grew up.
But it's actually Hetty's dogs - not Ben's as far as I remember.

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Tuesday morning I was up early, packed my stuff and loaded the bike.
Hetty made me a good breakfast, before I said goodbye and went on.



Riding on I enjoyed being on my own again. I had a great time with team rrr and the weekend with the dutch guys I rode with was also ok, But I love to be on my own.



I wanted to ride to the western part of the Ardennes, where I hadn't been yet.



First stop on the day was the town Bastogne holding some museums from the war.







Nice roads.



Arriving in Bastogne luck wasn't with me. There's a sherman tank on the main square, but the city had started a lot of construction on the main square, so it was all fences, noise, dust and so on.
I managed to get a decent pic of this jeep on the square.



A then the museum was closed another hour for lunch... I didn't want to hang around waiting for that so I rode out of town again.



Passing a war memorial.



Passing through small towns.







I arrived in the town Han-sur-Lesse,



where I wanted to see the Grottes du Han, Belgium's most famous caves.



After a 10 minute ride with a little train we arrived at the entrance to the caves,



and went underground.













Daylight again, at the end of the tunnel.



After this interesting visit I rode west, starting to look for a hotel.



At my third attempt, I found this nice hotel Le Saint Hubert, after crossing the border to France.



This ment french food for dinner, yummi. Here's my starter.



Followed by salmon.



And cheese for desert.



It was a nice mild evening, so I sat outside for like an hour or 2 with a cold beer before going to bed.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:15 AM   #29
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Next morning I saddled up and left the town Haybes.
It was a misty morning as I rode into the Semois valley, following the Semois river.



Stopped here for a coffee,



and studied the war memorial.



The main goal of the day was the town Bouillon where I would spend most of the day at the castle Chateau de Bouillon.



The castle get's it's fame from the crusader Godefroid de Bouillon. He's regarded as a hero in these parts of the country. In the 11th century he went out on a crusade to the Holy Land. They slaughtered, raped and burned their way through Europe, before they finally reached Jerusalem after 3 years. On the 15 July 1099 the army breached the city walls of Jerusalem and massacred around 40,000 Muslims and Jews.
Here's the hero...



Nevertheless it was still a very interesting castle to visit.





When the castle was built is unknown, but experts reckon that it excisted already several centuries before the year 1,000.





The castle has been rebuilt and extended several times.









Views from the castle shows the strategic position it once holded, overlooking the river Semois.





At 12:00 an open-air bird show started.



Here's a vulture.





And then the highlight of the show, an eagle.



That was a big bugger!





And it flew veerry close over the audience's heads.







After this spectacular show I was back on the road riding through small villages,



passing war memorials.



It was clearly farmer-country I was riding through,



with tractors parked on main street.



I had a short ride through Luxembourg on my way to Germany, and stopped here for a coffee.



I entered the excellent riding area Eifel, in south-western Germany.



And started zig zagging my way north.





In the little town Manderscheid I stopped for the night at this hotel, the Kupferpfanne.



After getting installed in my hotelroom I went down to the bar, to get this.



After a solid german dinner I went to my room and planned the next day's route.

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Old 09-12-2012, 01:51 AM   #30
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great writing :)

I also like riding in the Ardennes,
takes me 2 hours to get there from where I live,
but it's worth it,
every time.
Never been to Baton Rouge though, must visit them soon.

Greetings
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