Day 31 Oteppe to Sint Job in 't Goor

Posted by: Rob on 02/07/2013

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72.40 mi

1990.66 mi

Day 31
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I was kept awake quite late last night by some Wallonie morons playing Phil bloody Collins. To be fair, they turned it down a bit, but it was their talking that was more annoying. If it's possible for talking to be more annoying than Phil Collins...

I got to sleep in the end and was up at 6 am to crack on. It was a beautiful morning and I was on the road for half 7.

Obviously nowhere was open yet, so breakfast had to wait.

Eventually I passed a town with an open shop, so I got a couple of croissants and a couple of pacs. I have to say the croissants were good and shot straight to number two in the croissant parade!

After that I suddenly hit the sign telling me I was entering Flanders.

Immediately everything improved! The roads were better, there was no rubbish everywhere and the drivers were unbelievably considerate. I kept forgetting that they will always give way to a bike in pretty much any circumstance!

The towns were much nicer too. Attractive, tidy and well kept.

I like the way all the main roads have at the very least a cycle lane and quite often a separate path. This means you can just use a normal map to follow normal roads and not have to hunt around aimlessly for cycle routes.

Due to that I made very good progress and today was one of the most enjoyable days of the trip.

I stopped to get some bread and cheese for lunch along with some sort of apple tart thing which was all very good.

I made use of some non-roadside cycle paths which were very pleasant and well signed.

I was going to push on a bit further, in fact over the border into the Netherlands, but I'd done plenty of miles and won't have as many to do tomorrow and of course I have until late to get to H v H. So I've stopped at very pleasant campsite at the excellently named Sint Job in 't Goor.

I'm pretty tired after my early start, so I shall go and get something to eat and then prepare for my final night under canvas! (Or whatever modern tents are made of!)

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Post box!
A building!
Proper Belgium!
Road. Cycle lane. No litter!
Aarschot
Lier
Lier
Proper signs!
A bridge and a replacement!
Canal path
Final campsite!
Dinner!
Dessert!

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  pcolbeck on 03/07/2013

Chapeau Rob ! An excellent ride and blog. I'd love to do something similar one day. The only downside is it's given me a craving for PAC Hope you get nice weather for the final day.
 

  Dad on 02/07/2013

Nearly home, Rob, great effort - hope it's sunny tomorrow for final push all best Dad
 

  Rob on 02/07/2013

It's certainly brought back memories of 2008! Ferry tomorrow. Think it's going to rain...
 

  norre on 02/07/2013

You could take a day or two relaxing and soaking up the fine Flemish culture, but I guess you're itching to make the final push home after a month on the road. Great effort, see you soon!
 

  Karen on 02/07/2013

The chips look good! Have a good last day tomorrow.
 

  Mum on 02/07/2013

Enjoy your last night under canvas!