After Liège some 50 kilometres were waiting for us. We mostly followed the water: la Meuse, the canal Albert and the charming valley of the Geer, in the beautiful region of 'la Montagne Saint-Pierre.'
Most impressive was the landscape around Kanne, with the marl caves and the fortress of Eben-Emael.
Magnifique paysage avec des falaises !!!!!!!!!!
> Les ambassadeurs | 22-10-2017.
For the scene with the 'Tir de camp': go to 47:50
Well, this was quite a memorable ride!
When leaving Eupen, we drove past a garden where someone was cutting his hawthorn hedge. He called out a warning, but it was too late. A few hundred metres further on Emmanuel had a flat tyre. A long, strong and razorsharp thorn!
We didn't have the right size of inner tube and looked with slight bewilderment at a new model of inner tube that none of us, not even Rasmus (!) had seen before: a two-end tube. Not round, but a straight tube. Quite funny: standing in the middle of nowhere, looking at a tube with a beginning and an end and not exactly knowing what to do with it!
Over to plan B: the truck! Emmanuel and Frédéric would wait for the truck, Rasmus and Dirk would try to catch up with the group. As we were in the middle of an industrial zone, it was not that easy to find the right way. By trial and error we found the road to Clermont, without knowing if we were following the same route as the group. But is was rather nice to be able to cycle at a faster pace, through the beautiful countryside of of the Herve region!
In the end we arrived in Clermont at about the same time as the group, so we could immediately join them for lunch at the local party room, where we were welcomed by the mayor and the library team.
At the end of our Ravel-trail, Annemie was waiting for us with a little surprise, to give us some courage for the remaining kilometres. Unfortunately, we missed the appointment - so we had to wait to Eupen to taste the chocolates. A welcome reward after a long day of cycling!
WHAT IS A RAVEL?
With contributions from Colette, Delphine, Dirk, Dominique, Edward, Els, Frédéric, Geert G., Klaar & co, Luc, Mariël, Marthe, Maya, Mikko, ...