A lightweight fixed-gear bike tour of France and Spain

Where have we been?

It has been a while since we have posted anything on the blog, so here is a quick update. After taking the ferry to the Netherlands, Rob traveled around, visiting Amsterdam, Harlem, The Hague, and Rotterdam. Adie took a train straight to Ghent, in Belgium, and spent a lovely week with his girlfriend there.

Adie doesn’t have much to say about his week, but Rob will be posting about his travels soon.

Rob then met Adie in Ghent, and the day before yesterday we cycled together the 40 miles (65km) to Brugge, where we are right now. It was a lovely tree-lined bike path following a canal the whole way.

Rob on the way from Ghent to Brugge

Today, in Brugge’s main square, was the start of the Tour of Flanders, a well known bike race. We came here partly to watch the start of it. But because of the crowds drawn by the race, when we showed up in Brugge, all the hostels were full, so we ended up camping in a field about 5 miles from the center of town.

It rained, and there were a lot of scary noises during the night.

When we were scouting around for places to pitch our tent, we looked around a patch of pine trees. They were too densely packed to get in there with our bikes, but we came across something strange.


In a small clearing in the woods, there was a cage, and in the cage were two crows. One was dead and lying on the floor, the other was squawking and flapping around.  There was no food in the cage.

What kind of person keeps birds like that in a cage like that, in a place like that, and for what reason! But by the time we saw this, it was too late to move to another place, so we pitched our tent there and spent an uneasy night.


One response

  1. Susie

    A very spooky story. And you’re about to enter the heart of gothic France. Best of luck on the beginning of your tour.

    April 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm

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