Cycling from Dunkirk

Amazing how much you come to rely on some piece of equipment. In my case, my Garmin GPS, attached to a Mac and thereby importing routes from Bike Route Toaster. Unfortunately, my Garmin gave up talking to my computer on day one.


I therefore had to try reading the map of the small screen, which really didn’t work out too well. Near the Netherlands border with Germany for instance, I ended up blocked by a motorway twice: I just hadn't twigged that it was standing between my nice backroad and my planned next stop. The first time this caused me a five mile detour, the second, I ended up on a sandy track in a forest just as the light was failing.

The onboard routing has always been a bit rubbish, and maybe battery hungry, so I've tended to be wary of it. On Monday the routing was broken, I think because of issues with taking bits of separate Open Street Map Netherlands and Germany maps and combining them, causing it to fail to route from one map to another. I've cured that this evening so perhaps tomorrow I will have better luck.

In the first eight days, I travelled fairly slowly, covering about 350 miles, but actually moved only 200 odd miles further east than when I started.

Half remembering things, I decided to pass through Nijmegen on the way to Germany, and made a point of stopping there. It has connections with Bangor, if I remember. The town is rather like Swansea or Plymouth, in that it was bombed, leaving little of the old town left, except for a handful of buildings in the centre. What was left, apparently had to survive "very rigorous town planners ... who finished what the Germans and Americans started."

Christian Democrat wags apparently nicknamed the town "Havana on the Waal" as it's governed by two socialist and one green party.

In other news: König Pilsener (not bad by the way) has a logo that is remarkably similar to that of Pilsener Urquell and a slogan reminiscent of Budweiser Budvar (Beer of Kings, or King of Beers)

Why is this? I would like to know if anyone has any answers.

Another aside: why does the network of local cycle routes in Belgium stop at almost exactly the Flemish-French language boundary?

It is 'reporting bias', or some kind of actual fact on the ground?


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