Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15: L'Enfer du Nord

The annual bicycle race from Paris to Roubaix passes through "L'Enfer du Nord" (hell of the north), an area devastated by two World Wars. Today, in the peaceful Arenberg Forest in northeastern France, cyclists battle their way over 50+ kilometers of cobblestone roads. 

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April 14: Paris-Roubaix

We got to witness of one of the spring classic bike races, Paris-Roubaix – a grueling 250 km endurance race, much of it over cobblestone roads.

John came prepared with Belgian beer and baguettes
The peloton in the famed Arenberg forest
Bradley Wiggins has a narrow lead with 15km to go
Crowd cheers as Niki Terpstra solos to victory
Minutes after the racers had passed by

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 13: Outside Bruges

Poplars along the canals

John on our very own "Tour de Flanders"
Cycling from Bruges to Damme, Belgium

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 12: In Bruges

Arrived in Bruges, Belgium--a beautiful medieval city adorned by blue sunny skies.






Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 10: Ferry to Denmark

Heading out across the North Sea on board the MS Stavangerfjord.
Next stop: Hirtshalls, Denmark.
Langesund, Norway

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

April 9: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Today we leave Norway, one month into our journey. A big hug and thanks to all of John's family. We'll see you again soon in the summer sunshine.

Sunshine glistening over Glittertind Peak in Jotunheimen National Park, Norway