Cycling in Belgium Flemish Brabant Rivers & Canals

50 Shades of Grey

A Saturday morning cycle ride under the grey clouds of Belgium.

After a couple of gorgeously sunshiny days, unfortunately this morning dawned dull and cloudy, and the weather forecast was not much more optimistic. Still, Saturday morning is Saturday morning; for me the best day to get out and about. I fancied a bike ride today, so I planned a 30 km route, got the bike out and set off. Still no hint of sunshine, so I thought I’d set the camera to black-and-white, if only to give me an excuse to use the blog title!

First stop, the canal ...
First stop, the canal …

... then over the railway line ...
… then over the railway line …
.. and onto the cycle path
.. and onto the cycle path

At this point it began to rain, but I remained optimistic that it would clear up. After all, a bit of rain wasn’t putting these little guys off …

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It took me back 50 years to when I used to play in the school team, and then back 15-20 years ago to when I watched my two sons play on Saturday mornings.
It took me back 50 years to when I used to play in the school team, and then back 15-20 years ago to when I watched my two sons play on Saturday mornings.
The Mums watched from a distance, while having a chat in the dry.
The Mums watched from a distance, while having a chat in the dry.

At this stage I got a little bit lost, but I didn’t mind as I came across this place …

P1040685It’s an old brewery, based around a tower that dates back to the 14th century.

I think I will return here in the spring and pay a visit to the place.
I think I will return here in the spring and pay a visit to the place.

Obviously in this area of Belgium they like their beer …

P1040673And then as the clouds darkened further (I think I counted the 51st shade of grey) I crossed the River Demer.

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There is an excellent cycle path all along the River Demer, which I am planning to cycle along in the near future
There is an excellent cycle path all along the River Demer, which I am planning to cycle along in the near future

By this stage the rain was quite heavy, and I soon got rather wet.

In fact I wouldn't have been much wetter if I had jumped in the river!
In fact I wouldn’t have been much wetter if I had jumped in the river!

9 comments on “50 Shades of Grey

  1. A poetic reflection on a morning well-spent 😉

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  2. Thank you for sharing your morning ride out and about and hope you’ve dried off and warmed up. 🙂

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  3. These photos really give a sense of the day and it looks like you enjoyed in spite of the rain. Mr ET would love to visit that brewery.

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  4. Great post, Denzil! Black and white photography does the Belgian weather justice, doesn’t it? 🙂

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