Day 16. After some pretty long days we were treated today to a relatively short one at just under 70kms. We left our convent at the extravagantly late time of 9.30am and took the bike paths out of Antwerp. The ride was quite straightforward apart from a street of particularly nasty cobblestones which rattled bikes, bones and brains. Maybe the guides didn’t want us getting to Gent too early!
Most riders only made one coffee stop for the day and we arrived in Gent just after lunch. It is Belgium’s National day today (celebrating the King’s coronation) so there is plenty happening. The town is full of people, as are the bars and restaurants lining the streets. The waterfront is crowded with pop up bars and music and it looks like the whole population of Gent is celebrating. It’s quite a contrast between a modern street celebration and the hundreds of years old buildings in the backdrop. While the locals don’t have to get up too early tomorrow due to it being Sunday, we do, so I don’t think any of our group will be partying too late.