This morning’s 50 km cycle ride once again took me over the nearby border into Belgium.

Making good time, in glorious sunshine, I approached the municipality of Hamont-Achel where the unusual church tower is visible from far away.

Also in the town are a spectacular brick built windmill and an even larger water tower.

Moving on, I came to my first canal crossing of the day at Sint Huibrechts-Lille, impressed by the beautiful fresh flowers decorating the bridge railings.

Then it was time to venture away from the paved roads for while as I made my way through the Belgian national forest of Achterste Hostie, about a kilometre north of the village of Kaulille.

Hidden amongst the woodlands is a large rectangular man-made lake, originally formed by excavations for white sand many years ago and now well used by recreational fishermen.

I now headed for home, again crossing the same canal, this time at Bocholt, using the purpose built cycle/pedestrian bridge, which was also adorned with the same type of flowers seen earlier on.

#CW5000 : 4264.20 KM TO GO!

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