I have never been the impulsive type. Straight out of high school, my life has been spent going from one stable job to another, one relatively stable relationship to another. There is something great to be said about that, but I’ve always been jealous of friends that have spent real time traveling. Those people who made sure to take a month off in between jobs and school to just go where the wind would take them.
If there was ever a point in my life to pack my bags and get on a bike, it is right now.
I was asked if I wanted to tag along on a bicycle related brewery tour in Belgium. I’d be lying if I said there was no hesitation. I have a new job where I’m just getting on my feet (and very little vacation time built up). I’ve got almost no savings to speak of right now outside of my 401k. On top of everything else, I barely knew half of the people I was going to (potentially) travel with.
The right people stepped in to give me the kick in the ass though. Tickets are booked and the trip is coming up extremely fast. Like next week fast…
This trip should be nothing if not an adventure. There are four of us guys riding our bikes between the seven Trappist monasteries. One lovely lady is driving a support van along the route. She’s going to have to deal with a whole lot of stink. Apologies in advance to her.
Here is a rough bike related itinerary so far:
- Friday – Nov 2nd – 46.7 miles
Rochefort to Orval
- Saturday – Nov 3rd – 67.4 miles
Orval to Chimay
- Sunday – Nov 4th – 137 miles
Chimay to Westvleteren
- Monday – Nov 5th – 38.8 miles
Westvleteren to Ghent
- Tuesday – Nov 6th – 18.3 miles
Ghent to Westmall
- Wednesday – Nov 7th – 36.8 miles
Westmall to Koningshoeven
- Thursday – Nov 8th – 35 miles
Koningshoeven to Achel
- Friday – Nov 9th
Return van to Airport
- Saturday – Nov 10th
Cantillion Open Brew Day (in Brussels)