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    Yes, I know search tells me it is fucking boring and a weekend will seem like a month.

    Anyway BiL wants to do a long weekend there, largely based around sampling Trappist beers (Bruges possibly, Popperinge, Westvleteren) and visiting the Menin gate, Delville Wood and some other WW1 sites. I wouldn't mind checking out Mettet and Namur. Any suggestions re how and where to go about this?

    Going in September, looking like Dover-Dunkirk ferry is the cheapest option.

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    Get on your bike and follow road signs to where you want to go?
    Book hotels where you want to stay?
    It's Belgium, not Biafra.

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    Tunnel is best option. No waiting, no fucking about getting your bike tied down etc

    Ride on, Ride off. Turn left, 90 minutes later you're on the Brussels ring road.

    Maybe do some of Normandy on the way back? Vimy ridge is worth a visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkman View Post
    visiting the Menin gate,
    I had an embarrassing moment at the Menin Gate.
    since you'll be visiting Ypres/Ieper, if the weather is really dreadful so you feel it sensible to stay indoors for a day, I can recommend the In Flanders Fields Museum for anyone who is interested in WW1 history.

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    The town of Namur is a bit of a dump, but the Citadel is worth a look around (though I've only been there when it was used as an MX track) and the river is impressively wide, the Youth Hostel is an incredibly cheap place to sleep and if Dave's bar is still open you'll not pay for a drink all night if you can talk about bike racing in the 1980s.

    Visit Spa, ride round the old 11 mile public road circuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantPygmy View Post
    Tunnel is best option. No waiting, no fucking about getting your bike tied down etc

    Ride on, Ride off. Turn left, 90 minutes later you're on the Brussels ring road.

    Maybe do some of Normandy on the way back? Vimy ridge is worth a visit.
    The Dover-Dunkirk ferry is a nightmare. It gets over to the French coast then turns and very slowly makes its way along the coast to Dunkirk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taipan View Post
    The Dover-Dunkirk ferry is a nightmare. It gets over to the French coast then turns and very slowly makes its way along the coast to Dunkirk.
    It's trying to dodge the Stukas

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    Start your day with a full tank of fuel. Lack of service stations on motorways. The west side is not that bad but heading east they are few and far between.

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    Regarding fuel stations, many are unattended and card only. Those where you insert the card at the pump, as we have here, are easy to work out what to do, but others have a single 'pillar' where you have to insert your card and key in which pump before you begin. The good news is that Belgium is only a small country so you're never very far away from a petrol station. Their 95 super has 10% ethanol, so not recommended for vehicles manufactured pre-2006.

    I suggest that if you're aiming to vist the Menin Gate (bugle ceremony at 8pm), Poperinge and places round that area, plus going down into France to visit Delville Wood, you keep to the west and save the east part for another time.

    For info, there are no tolls on Belgian motorways, although you may have to pay for tunnels or bridges.

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    Watch out for Belgian drivers, they're bonkers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantPygmy View Post
    Watch out for Belgian drivers, they're bonkers.
    Registration numbers are allocated to the driver, not the vehicle, so get transferred each time they change their car. Beware of any you see with only 5 digits. These stopped being issued in 1973 so could be driven by myopic doddery old ladies.

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    Registration numbers are allocated to the driver, not the vehicle, so get transferred each time they change their car. Beware of any you see with only 5 digits. These stopped being issued in 1973 so could be driven by myopic doddery old ladies.
    that might also have been about the time they made driving tests compulsory

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    Just checked: later - 1977.

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    Thank you all. I think we'll be staying west mostly. Fuel is an issue as the SD does about 100-110m before the fuel light comes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkman View Post
    Thank you all. I think we'll be staying west mostly. Fuel is an issue as the SD does about 100-110m before the fuel light comes on.
    Sorry, but how is that an issue? Even on a Sunday, if you just keep an eye out for fuel after 80 odd miles you shouldn't have a problem, its western Europe, not the plains of the Serengeti

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