Tuesday, March 25, 2008

a week away...

Map of the Ronde and my number plate arrived in the mail today. Only a week to go till I get on the big airplane (aluminum tube) for the trip to Belgium.
Plus my new Cateye Strada computer arrived today from IF. It's mounted (set in kp/h) for the 259 kilometers of the Ronde.

Speaking of the Ronde, head over to the Unholy Rouleur's site for his take on what the spring classics must mean to the locals. And to us, tourists...


Blogger Jim said...

Hey, if you don't have it all planned out yet, a day trip to the Ardennes / Huertgen forest area might be worth a day's time. It's beautiful riding there, and you can ride basically from Luxembourg (hella climbing there) and the Bulge / Sedan battlefield areas, up through the Huertgen Forest battle areas south of Aachen, on beautiful small country roads, across rolling fields and forest. Huertgen Forest was basically the U.S.' Flanders in WWII, 35k casualties in a totally destroyed woods that Hemmngway called "Paschendaele with treebursts." (The Germans used airburst artillery to turn pine trees into wooden shrapnel). The U.S. Gov didn't really report the battle on the homefront because it was a senseless slaughter of Americans with few German losses. Yep, people died, then Roosevelt lied. There's a lot of odd features still extant in that forest - pillboxes to big to destroy and remove, Siegfried line dragons teeth, a couple huge bunker systems. Nice riding even if you don't check that stuff out.

8:43 AM  
Blogger MRussell said...

thanks for the info. I remember driving thru Luxembourg 3 years ago. I need to win the lottery so I can spend a lot time in that neck of the woods visiting the battle sites of WWII.

8:42 PM  
Blogger SAMBO said...

that thought had crossed my mind. I had toyed with the idea of heading east to the ardennes to maybe hit a little of the L-B-L course. I'm just not sure our trip will be long enough. Who knows...maybe the monday after, we won't be tooooooooo worn out from the after race celebration in the Nether regions.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Liz Schleeper said...

Have a great trip. What a fun way to start spring.

8:33 PM  

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