TTT 2010 06 Belgie D2 Rondrit Waimes
Published: 20/04/2019
rp 37 - De maas in Luik
This TTT starts in Ovifat and is part of 3 days of touring in the Belgian Ardennes. This TTT mainly goes back to the starting point in Ovifat on beautiful roads. The 1st stop is planned in Blegny, at Le Chalet, time for coffee. You can also choose to drink coffee and visit the Blegny Mine * which lies alongside Le Chalet.
* The coal mine of Blegny is a former coal mine in the Liège coal basin located near Trembleur in the municipality of Blegny, northeast of the city of Liège in Belgium. It is a publicly accessible mine that is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mine has two shafts that reach down to 8 levels here, with a deepest point of 530 m. Only levels 1 and 2 (at -30 m and -60 m) are still above groundwater. Schacht no. 1 now serves as an access point to the underground tour. The second shaft Marie l'Espérance is used for the ventilation of the galleries, here is also a museum above ground. There are also exhibitions in the former workshop and the coal wash. Next to the mine is the Blegny terril with a height of 43 m, on which the stone remains were dumped.
An underground tour with a guide through the mine includes an exploration of the galleries at -30 and -60 meters and a descent through the pillar of the Grande Mascafia coal seam, the tour ends above ground in the coal wash. (Source: Wikipedia).

After coffee you continue to Liège, where you drive along the river Meuse for a while, and then you enter the "green" area again towards Durbuy **, where you can stop for lunch and take some pictures if you like the special motorcycle parking space runs to the center.
** Durbuy is a city in the Belgian province of Luxembourg. The city on the river Ourthe is one of the most famous towns to visit by motorcycle in the Ardennes, if motorcyclists want to avoid from the center. Of course, the city council does not say that in so many words, although you are no longer allowed to park your motorcycle on the doorstep in August and during the weekends in September and October. The city council took the decision to ban the parking for motorcycles after there were too many complaints about nuisance caused by poorly parked two-wheelers. In addition, noise pollution in the center also played a role in this decision.
Motorcycle parking within walking distance:
Naturally, the city council realizes that motorbikes will always be present in the streets and that is why a solution was also thought of. From now on there is a motor-friendly parking space within walking distance of the market. There are handy rails where you can attach the motor safely and there is also supervision. This comes with a price tag of three euros per parking turn.
After lunch it continues towards the end point, along the way you will come across several leftover wreckage, left behind from the wars, and you will come across various points where you can stop for a moment to enjoy the view.

Because I have driven large parts of this route myself, this route gets 4 stars.

Route details:
rp 18 - Monument aux Morts des Deux Guerres
rp 30 - Coffee stop at Le Chalet / Blegny Mijn
rp 63 - Lunch / photo stop in Durbuy
rp 79 - German Panther G
rp 81 - Viewpoint
rp 63 - Kasteel in Durbuy
Waimes Signaal van Botrange
Useful links:
Start- en eindpunt
Koffiestop in Blegny
Blegny Mijn

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