Today I wanted to re-ride last saturdays' Nightride. That ride was a great sampling of what Meerdael Forest has to offer and obviously, I had the GPS track now. So I set out from the CC The Borre in Bierbeek and did just that. The trails were still moist but one advantage you have during the day is that you can oversee the complete trail and point your wheel in the dryest direction. My GPS surely had some troubles last saturday. I noticed this because the heightmeters were way off, but also at some points it placed me on another trail as the one I actually was riding on. I'm thinking perhaps in the evening there are less satellites on the horizon, making the error in position bigger than during the day. I cannot explain the missing heightmeters, on the rides' profile there it seems that during the last hour the height only varied by 10 to 15 metres. Today the recording went fine and I had the correct amount of heightmeters. I am bound by secrecy where it concerns the track but I can make your mouth water by showing the profile. I stopped along the way to take some pictures. The sun was out and even though there was a cold northern wind blowing I was protected by the forest. The average temperature was around 14 degrees C, just enough for an enjoyable ride.
This week is the Week of the Forest, and the trails around the Kluis were crowded but everyone was very friendly to the other , each enjoying the forest in his or her own way. I already mentioned it last time, but I am very impressed by Solo's ride. I recognize a lot of tracks out of my own Meerdael adventures but there are also some new connections he made that make his ride stand on its own. I'm told he also has an XXL version , close to 80K and 1200 heightmeters, which is quite impressive. Can't wait to ride that one and compare it with my own Secret Meerdael ride, which stands at 62K and 1100 heightmeters in its last form.
Ride Stats : 51K and 540/580 heightmeters (Polar/Garmin) in 3h00