We got up to a great breakfast with Bob and Joan on a drizzly cool morning in Bruges.
The night before we plotted a route to Dunkerque using the website fietsnet.be – west along canals to Nieuwpoort, then near the coast into France. About 84km but the wind and rain made it tiring. The bike paths along the canals are flat easy riding, but they become monotonous after a few hours.
The rain ended by noon. The afternoon was cool and windy but it gradually warmed and the sun came out for final 20km. The French border was not marked but in the first town beyond the border the signs were all in French and a sign by the road told us we were in France.
Our BandB in Dunkerque was a lovely house with a friendly host near the centre of town.
We passed one military graveyard near Dunkerque, rows and rows of crosses marking graves. In Dunkerque Canadian flags were flying honouring the troops who helped liberate the city, part of the ceremonies for 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.
We slept soundly after a tiring day.
Not many photos due to the rain.