Biking the Countryside


We departed from Bruges and had a fairly uneventful day bicycling through the Belgian countryside from Bruges to Ghent, a trip of about 26 miles.  We only had a few backtracks and most of the way we were one a separate bike trail separated from the road by a designated  lane for bikes, one for walkers, and and often a barrier, hedges, or along a canal.  It was a lovely day and a fun way to travel through the country.

As we said goodbye to Bruges this is the view on our way out of town. Such a beautiful jewel box like place.
As we said goodbye to Bruges this is the view on our way out of town. Such a beautiful jewel box like place.
Beautiful and green and flat!
Beautiful and green and flat!
Bunkers left from World War I and World War II are now home to various animals especially bats. Belgium saw some of the bloodiest battles of both wars (Arden and Flanders Field) though you'd never know it from the peaceful countryside.
Bunkers left from World War I and World War II are now home to various animals especially bats. Belgium saw some of the bloodiest battles of both wars (Arden and Flanders Field) though you’d never know it from the peaceful countryside.
A good portion of the way we traveled along canals dug in the 18th century as Belgium was the second country to industrialize after England in the Industrial Revolution. We saw a few barges still delivering goods to small villages and towns.
A good portion of the way we traveled along canals dug in the 18th century as Belgium was the second country to industrialize after England in the Industrial Revolution. We saw a few barges still delivering goods to small villages and towns.
Here's the group stopping for the first break.
Here’s the group stopping for the first break.

 

A small village along the way was our lunch stop.
A small village along the way was our lunch stop.
Village church
Village church

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