Smash The Mountains!

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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@ Croix Scaille

Flag of Belgium  , The Ardennes,
Saturday, July 24, 2010

We left pretty early- Actually, we didn't. It was something around 8:30 when we left. Oh and Les Trois Clés fakes their orange juice: it's water with a color. Nasty water. 
Immediately we had to start climbing, which I really hate. Not just like ''oh, whatever, just one mountain more'', no I HATE it. But I survived, because I kept on listening to ''Holiday - Vampire Weekend'' & ''Teardrop - Massive Attack''. If it wasn't for those two songs -and a lot others-, I would've been a lot less nice to travel with. 
Then we entered Namur/Namen. An amazing city, I can't put it any other way. It's beautiful, the people are of all kinds and it has an old citadel. Did I already mention the river crawls through it like a snake, shining and magical? It does, absolutely. Still, something got me wondering. There are two types of food in Belgium, it seems: fries & Chinese. Alright, no problem, but why is every god damned Chinese restaurant called ''Mandarin''? I don't get it. Do the Chinese have a mandarin fetish? I strongly doubt it.
But then we had to leave Namur -and those restaurants- and after a nice bike ride along the river we had to start climbing again. Well my grandfather warned me it was going to be bad, but this I had not expected. Near Didant it suddenly went upwards like crazy and I decided to walk a bit. A lot. And I cursed a lot, threatening the mountain to tear it down. Well, of course at a point I could go down again. I then reached a speed of 49 kilometers, which was the first time ever that I rode that fast on a bike. I felt like Napoleon climbing the Alps, a true hero. But I had to stop, because my bike started to swing dangerously. 
It took us a long time and even more climbing, but finally we entered Gedinne, not so interesting at all. But there we found a camping, named ''Croix Scaille'', where we were able to get a night rest. After putting our tents up, I took a shower and we went for dinner. Met some nice people, all Belgian I now notice.
The last thing I heard before I fell asleep, was the cry of a wolf.

''All the good things are wild and free.'' - Henry David Thoreau
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Hey, zo te zien gaat het goed, super hoor meid! Geniet van de tijd met je opa, echt heel tof dat je dit doet Heel veel plezier en misschien zien we je nog fietsen, we zullen het in de gaten houden!

groetjes uit de may!

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