The end is near

July 31, 2011


The beer experience continues…..  St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition 5% 375ml bottle After the Guido experience – which, coincidentally, is the title of the next Robert Ludlum novel – I needed something light, sparkling and a little tart to refresh my battered and somewhat violated palate.  The big and boozy dark ales were taking effect […]

Climbing the stairs Part Deux

July 28, 2011


I have finally found a little time to get back to the blog. Given the lapse in time, a recap might be in order. Part 1 found us luxuriating in the magnificent Café Botteltje in Ostend. We were a good four beers into the evening and all members of the party were present and correct. […]

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Climbing the stairs pt 1

July 4, 2011


I was accused of digressing a little too often in my last post. In fact, my wife said the last post contained a lot of ‘flannel’, albeit high quality cotton quilting flannel. These comments have been noted and from this day forth ‘laconic’ will be my watchword. It’s goodbye hyperbole, hello pithy. I promise to […]

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The road to Ostend

June 23, 2011


I have been a bit sloppy of late blogging wise. Ok, more sloppy than usual. Alright, I’ve been my consistently sloppy self in not posting for nearly a month. Life just got in the way.  Crap excuse but true nonetheless. Back to the trip… On day two we found ourselves sat in a magnificent house […]

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Flanders tour in pictures

May 23, 2011


Our trip in photos: The last blog about the tour will appear very shortly. Until then, goodbye.

Posted in: Beer, Belgium, Riders

Fanny Du Coq

May 18, 2011


Our first bar of call was the ’Terrastje’. My Beer Guide book described the ‘Terrastje’ as ‘a little gem… a small one-roomed café with friendly service and a beer list more imaginative than most’. We happily walked and talked the half a mile or so it took to reach the bar, ready to begin our […]

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Trust the numbers

April 26, 2011


So we had arrived in the Promised Land. After a little bickering about the right way to go, we put our faith in the numbers that form the cycling network. Numbers 1, 65, 66, 82, 67, 8, 9, 12, 13, 19, 18, 53, 54, 29, 42, 47, 49, 57 & 65 to be precise. With […]

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The love I lost

April 22, 2011


An ode to Belgian Beer – The love I lost (the love, the love I lost) Was a wheat love (it was a wheat love) The love I lost (the love, the love I lost) Was yeast love (it was yeast love) The love I lost (the love I lost) I will never (never) no […]

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Evacuate… evacuate

April 22, 2011


So the day had finally arrived. After negotiating Virgin’s finest, the mean streets of Central London and the jungle that is Connex South Eastern on any given Thursday, I rocked up to the Goat’s ranch around 9pm. The Goat and I swiftly repaired to the Black Horse pubic house to plot our course, especially the […]

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Footprints in the sand

April 7, 2011


So much has happened since I lasted posted. I stayed with the Goat in London and enjoyed a Belgian Guinness or two – Belgian Guinness is rather like normal Guinness except it tastes nice. I went out for a lovely ride with the Medicine Man where we encountered a kestrel, climbed a few hills and […]

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