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Apr 17, 2014 - Bastogne to Liege

Day 14 "There's ice on the windscreen of the van!!" someone called out at breakfast. Moments later Franc confirmed that the temperature was 0C and had been lower during the early dawn. I dressed in merino undershirt, windproof jumper and light jacket with long pants and bootees over my shoes. I also put some liner gloves inside my long riding gloves. I was ready for anything. The ride out of Bastogne started reasonably flat but within 18 km we were climbing the Cote de Saint-Roch which has an average of 11% and I saw 14%+ on my Garmin....

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Apr 15, 2014 - Liege to Bastogne

Day 13 I can't believe how cold it is this morning. 1C at 7:00am and predicted to get to 8C after midday. At least the winds are predicted to be Northerlies and we are heading South to Bastogne. Bastogne is the city that defied the German army at the Battle of the Bulge; the commanding general is reputed to have replied 'Nuts' when he was asked to surrender his surrounded forces. As we left Liege we stopped at the official starting gate for the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race which will be held in twelve days time (27 April). Almost immediately...

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Sep 12, 2013 - We Band of Brothers

We Band of Brothers I don’t know why I’m so completely fascinated by World War II. Perhaps because my father was career military and fought in this war, serving on Destroyers in both the North Atlantic and the Pacific. So, for me, Bastogne, while not involving the Navy, did involve men of his generation and courage, fighting a battle far from home against an enemy clear cut and definite. This place and Normandy, which I will see in November, are sacred ground to me. There were so many Museums to see that I didn’t have time for all of them,...

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Sep 8, 2013 - Bastogne

Bastogne I have noticed one thing in my short time in Belgium. Information centers are somewhat mis-named, at least for those of us that speak only English. I don’t blame or judge other countries for not speaking English, I don’t think anyone at our Virginia Visitor’s Centers speak any other language. I’m just pointing it out. I arrived in Bastogne, a place I have been eager to see for many years, especially since reading the Band of Brothers, and the autobiographies of many of the men in that movie. It’s just such an incredible story, and...

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Jun 6, 2009 - 65th Anni of D-Day: A Trip to Bastogne and Luxembourg

To celebrate the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, I decided to take a one-day USO tour to Bastogne, Belgium and the American Cemetery in Luxembourg. In the annals of American history the Battle of Bastogne, key to Allied victory during World War II, ranks in significance with the battles of Yorktown and Gettysburg. Of all America’s battles during WWII, Bastogne is second in importance only to the Normandy landings. The more I travel Europe the more I realize that not only is our distant, pre-Revolution past shaped by the goings-on of Europe, but...

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