After another delicious breakfast on board the Iris, we set off cycling at 9:00 AM. Some folks chose to set sail and get dropped off down stream to shorten their day and enjoy the pleasant cruise along the peaceful canal. The ride today was along bike paths through more agricultural farmland than previous days. We coasted past freshly tilled fields, down roadways lined with ancient willows, and by fragrant hedges of lilac trees and fresh flowers. It was so peaceful standing quietly alongside the path and taking in this sensory explosion. The quiet breeze was whistling through my helmet and I imagined that this ‘picture’ had not changed in centuries. What a wonderful three days of cycling through Belgium–we had a fantastic group and great fun together!
Another tranquil day cycling along the peaceful Belgian cycle paths…After seeing the nighttime sky last night with incredible clarity, I was not surprised to wake up this morning in Dendermonde with another day of clear blue sky. We had a nice breakfast then climbed aboard our bikes for a morning ride down the Schelde River , chasing the barge Iris as it meandered alongside. The morning ride took us along bike paths through freshly tilled fields, past herds of Belgian cows, through tiny hamlets and neighborhoods filled with welcoming and waving Belgian people. We rendezvoused with the Iris for traditional Belgian stew for lunch on board and an afternoon 60 minute cruise to Ghent . Anticipating a delicious dinner this evening, we are sitting in a local cafe, enjoying a Bavik beer after an included canal tour and independent walking tour of this magnificent medieval city of Ghent