Smash The Mountains!
Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
16Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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@ Croix Scaille
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
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