Camping Memling, €22.50
Overcast with a few sprinkles, 72°
Today was our longest driving day at 3+ hours. Chuck drove like a pro and I do plan to drive one of these days but I’m looking for a quiet, little used, wide road. Soon, soon.
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Our cab and dashboard with road signs, tea thermoses and GPS
Filling up with Diesel
With our TomTom, we can go anywhere. It's a miracle.
Huh? Three lanes? Who goes where? This is a two way street
We arrived in Bruges at 13:00 and checked into this so-so campground though it does have a great location--Only 3 Km into town. We rode our bikes and made it in about 10 minutes. I have to say, it was swarming with tourists—including us. Once we got off the main drag, we found some relief and then did the touristy thing everyone probably does: The De Halve Maas Brewery Tour. It turned out to be fun and informative. The guide claimed that no matter what the canal boat cruises say, they don’t use canal water for their beer. But, if they do, it’s only for export to France. The tour came with a glass of beer which we enjoyed in the outside café.
In the fifties, they promoted beer as being as good for you as your daily bread, milk and meat. The promoters were Dr. Heineken and Dr. Maas.
We stopped for chocolate at the famous Dumon Chocolatier, a family run business highly recommended by Rick Steves and other travelers. I guess we got the bitchy relative. We tried to engage her and talk about the chocolate but she simply made us feel small. Oh well, the chocolate really was good.
Couldn’t find the Chocolate museum so gave it up and headed back to the campground to relax. As soon as we arrived at Homer, I asked Chuck where his backpack was. A look of panic swept over his face when he realized he’d left it where we had parked our bikes in the market square. He hopped back on and tore back to town. It had his camera, the chocolate, our Rick Steves Guidebook, and most distressing of all, his rain pants! I waited and waited and finally saw him ride up with the pack on his back. When will we learn?
Fuel @1.06 per liter, €23.11
Brewery Tour, €11
Running Total: €26,413.91