Hiking the GR 57 Vallée de l'Ourthe through the Belgium Ardennes.
The Ardennes, the Ourthe, the GR57 they are something special. Wallonia a characteristic, interesting region. It’s often said that it is poor and less developed than Flanders, the other part of Belgium. That the people are stubborn, but I don’t see or experienced it that way. I see an authentic culture, a more traditional way of living. Some say they’re behind, but I think it’s exactly what we should go back to a bit more.
In ten days I hiked about 250 kilometers, slept 1 night in a stranger’s house (who offered me a bed), met a wonderful family in Xhignesse who invited me for dinner ánd breakfast. I had one no-hiking-day which I spend watching mountainbikers racing a marathon, 1 friend from The Netherlands joined me for 24 hours. 1 Time I lost my balance on a wet slippery rock and landed pretty charming on my butt. There were 3 super sunny days and 5 super wet, grey rainy days, but I managed to get sunburned despite the cloudy skies, almost every day. Saw 1 dead wild pig, a few deers and I had no spiders in my tent. I showered twice and ate one ice-cream. That was a gift from the bartender.
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In Belgium there are the "Bivakzones" where it's allowed to put up your tent for one night.
GPS might be handy.
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