After a fantastic ride last week in the region of Jodoigne, we headed out there again for a second time. With the sun shining and the fluffy clouds high in the sky, it was a superb morning to see how well we’d trained during the week using the Tacx Flow bike trainer.

M and the cornfields

One of the benefits of using the same map route is that you don’t need to keep checking the coordinates on the gadgets, so a good steady pace can be maintained for better training results. This time I also focused much more on enjoying the nature and how well the bike performed on the cobbles, on the descents and the small climbs.

Fields of Jodoigne

I also took my little Lumix camera out on this occasion but next time I’ll use my Kodak Easyshare Sport; the Kodak can brave the elements of heat and water much better than the delicate Leica lens! It’s a bit tricky looking for photo opportunities when travelling at speeds, unlike trekking where you can constantly survey the lie of the land and choose the best shots.

Tree-lined roads

Me on my Canyon horse

The thing missing in this photo is John Constable sat at his easel putting his palette together for another landscape. That said, I don’t believe Constable travelled beyond England through his own choice (even the French bought more of his work than the English did during his lifetime).

A palette for Constable in the Jodoigne landscapes

Below is a screenshot of the heart-shaped route, starting and ending in Saint-Marie-Geest. There is public parking near the roundabout just before you enter the village.

Jodoigne region cycle route

Originally published: Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 at 10:39 in Living matter, Monologues

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2 Responses to “The RAVels of Jodoigne, again!”

  1. Julia says:

    Wow what a beautiful place – and the weather looked wonderful!! Great to see you back on the saddle đŸ˜‰

    • Thanks! The weather was a very small window of time in which we had just 3 glorious hours of sunshine in what was actually a full week of greyness and rain! Wunderground.com saved us again… This weekend, we have a similar window but an earlier start, so we’ll keep you posted. Different route this time too. đŸ™‚

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