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BIENVENUS EN FRANCE! DAY 18, JULY22, GERAARDSBERGEN TO LIESSIES, FRANCE. Distance: 64 miles/103km

I am writing from my room overlooking the estate and gardens of my “Hotel” for the night in Liesses, France. Our cycling group is staying in the “ Chateau de la Motte”. I am in the Lilac suite; very nice! We will have dinner here as well. As unaccustomed as I am to living in a CASTLE, I quite like it!

We crossed the border from Belgium into France without any fanfare at the invisible border; our 5th and final country of or tour, “Copenhagen to Paris”. I can finally read the street and traffic signs, and understand and speak the language, after not understanding Danish, German, Dutch, and Flemish in the other 4 countries we biked through. I have already put my French into practice at the beer bar with our gang at the end of our ride today. It is getting warmer here each day. We know we are in for some HOT DAYS ahead in our last week. Today’s ride was a beauty: weather, scenery, diversity (as in 3000 feet of climbing today) within the 65 mile ride. We had long rides along the canals, a walk with our bikes through a crowded open market in one town, as our route took us there.

A Great Day On The Bike....again!

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