Europe 2009: Mile 456

10th April 2009

After a very good breakfast at Varlet farm (including making a packed lunch from the remains of brekkie on the say so of Charlotte) we set off to Chimay. What a nightmare! Navigation almost impossible. Must find a better way of finding our way with the GPS.

Took a break in a parking area on the N43 and had lunch. Around 4:30 rode into Chimay. Found a campsite in town. Office closed so (on the advice of someone already there) we pitched the tent.

Setting up tent at Chimay Campsite

Setting up tent at Chimay Campsite

Soon afterwards 5 other bikes turned up and then 3 more. Nice. After some coffee and apple tartlets (well one does have to treat oneself now and again) we packed everything away and walked into town.

Had Chimay beer in Chimay – cool! – (Isabel Red – OK Rouge, Adrian Blue – bleu) and nice food (Isabel: Veal Milano, Adrian: Rabbit in mustard sauce – all very nice) and then walked back to the camp site. When we got there an elderly gentleman had a go at us about the tents being in the caravan area. At least I think he did as it was in Flemish! I think he was annoyed because it turns out he had a caravan he wanted to park (this was 9:20pm!). There were at least 3 empty pitches so I don’t know why he was annoyed. I tried to explain that a) everyone told us to pitch there, b) the office was closed and there were no instructions and c) maybe he should have got there earlier (OK I didn’t say the last one but I did think it!) Of course as as we got in the tent it started raining. Hope it clears up tomorrow.
Lessons Learnt:

  • Use much more detailed maps
  • Make sure you put the correct town in the GPS (I mean how was I supposed to know there are 2 Chimays?). I did wonder why it kept taking us in the wrong direction

Adrian & Isabel

& Mr Teddy

Veal Milano

Veal Milano


Rabbit in Mustard Sauce

Rabbit in Mustard Sauce

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