Fine weather this morning so I rode out for a long ride. At first I rode to Nodebais where I visited the little chapel in the fields. From there I rode offroad to Beauvechain and then towards Hoegaarden. Riding to the east I came through Goetsenhoven, Ezemaal and Neerwinden before arriving in Landen. Looking to get on the Ravel took me some time but from memory and upon looking at the garmin map I found the little trail that lead me to the southwest through Racour, Orp Jauche and then connected to the Ravel 2 . Riding towards Perwez was next on the menu. Taking a right turn just before arriving in Perwez and my next stop was Maleves-Saine Marie-Wastinnes. From here I rode to Opporebais, Incourt and Longueville. Into Biez and Grez Doiceau and then cap north towards Hamme Mille and Blanden. Adding a little local lap to complete my first solo century in more than a year. Very happy with that.
Ride Stats : 100.5K and 740 heightmeters (Garmin) in 03h54mins
Time for another ride. The weather was sunny but fresh when I rode out. I started out along the N25 towards hamme Mille and then straight on to Jodoigne where I took the Ravel2 until I came to Hottomont. Here I took a right turn towards Perwez. Riding over small tarmac roads was fun with the Psychlo-X. In Perwez I set for Maleves and then onwards to Opprebais and Gistoux. Veering to the right again to reach Bonlez and Grez-Doiceau. From Grez I rode to Bossut and then dropped into Nethen. Closing the loop over Sint Joris Weert, the Zoete Waters and Vaalbeek. Good ride, no wind to speak of, dry and moderately sunny. The legs were fine.
Ride Stats : 78K and 615 heightmeters (Garmin) in 02h56mins
It looked like it would remain dry this morning, and the sun was coming out when I left home around 9AM for a long ride on the Moots Psychlo-X. There was a strong wind blowing and during the first part of the ride, making my way to Neervelp, Willebringen, Hoksem and Oorbeek I more or less had it in my back, which suited me fine. From Hoegaarden I set to Zetrud-Lumay and then took a right turn towards Saint Remy Geest I could feel the strength of the wind. I was glad to find some shelter from it behind a house or in a depression as I slowly made my way towards melin and the N240. Crossing the N240 and riding to Pietrebais I could feel the wind squeeze the force out of my legs on the plateau. In Pietrebais I dropped down 55 metres and here the wind was less prominent. Through Grez and then taking a backroad - thanks to the Psychlo-X I don't have to worry about flat tyres on gravel sections - to reach the N25. Onwards to Archennes and Florival where I took a left turn into the shaft that would lead me upwards to Ottenburg. The wind was again playing with me as I completed the long climb. Taking a right turn took me down to Terlanen. From here the wind was blowing in my back and the next couple of kilometers along the Wolfshagen were a joy. Through Neerijse and then following the N253 all the way to Egenhoven. Passing though Arenberg and into the Heverleebos for a short stretch which led me to the Naamsesteenweg. Following that I arrived in Blanden with a solid 80K and 855 heightmeters on my counter. This was a very good ride which took a lot of energy out of me but which also gave me great satisfaction, being able to complete it .
Ride Stats : 80K and 855 heightmeters (Garmin) in 03h09mins
Rain this morning so I went out for a 12.5K hike in the forest. In the afternoon it dried out and I decided to ride out with the Psychlo-X for some laps in Mollendaal forest. A quick one-hour dash on the bigger forest trails . I finished off with a loop along the Weertsedreef and in and out of Vaalbeek.
Ride Stats : 30K and 345 heightmeters (Garmin) in 01h10mins