Day 31 Oteppe to Sint Job in 't Goor
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!)