Rochefort - La Roch en Ardennes - The land of the Belgians and Luxembourgeois - CycleBlaze

March 16, 2011

Rochefort - La Roch en Ardennes

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The next day I had planned a short, if hilly, jaunt across the Ardennes to La-Roche-en-Ardenne. This is picturesque country - unfortunately I awoke to my worst weather yet, and I set off in a misty drizzle.

This continued as I rode over hills and through off-road stretched, that, under dry conditions would be very appealing. As it was, though, I got increasingly wet, and the heavens really opened by the time I got to La Roche.

A grey day over hills and vales. Almost looks like Wales.
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Sometimes the mist would clear and I'd get a bit of better look
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Nice old houses. I like the two different types of brick used
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The road was sometimes dramatic, but I was wet and it was a bit of a slog
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Made it to La Roche
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Unfortunately, I'd also chosen La Roche as the one place where I didn't have somewhere booked for the night. So I had to spend an hour or so wandering around the town, looking for guesthouses mentioned in my guide. I eventually found one open and with vacancies, and although the proprietress looked a little disconcerted to have this wet and muddy figure knocking on her door, she was very friendly and even helped me carry the bike into the garage.

La Roche is undoubtedly a lovely place, but on this drizzly Wednesday it was both deserted and a little bleak. Actually, it was quite atmospheric in its way, especially after the crowds I had come to in Han. I spent my time wandering around the old castle, listening to music, and feeling very far away from home.

Some views from the castle. It didn't get much clearer than this, unfortunately
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The Ourthe flowing through the town
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Tourist train, abandoned in the rain
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The deserted castle
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Nice trebuchet
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Today's ride: 33 km (20 miles)
Total: 380 km (236 miles)

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