Tinneke, Dirk's mother, passed away early august and while we all know that no-one lives forever, it still came as a shock to us. She was still very young at heart and mind and also very much interested in all the things we did. Every single day, we had a FaceTime video call to catch up and when we were on a trip, she was our biggest fan. We had a shared photo album on iPhoto and whenever the iPad beeped, she was the first to give likes.
Upto the last moment, she was positive and her last words were "I had a good life, I am a happy person".
After the funeral, we decided to take a short break to clear our minds and to continue exactly the way how she wanted it to be. We took up an invitation of the tourist center of Clervaux to come and visit them.
As Clervaux promotes slow travel, we decided to travel by bicycle,
We planned our route using the cycle junctions by www.fietsnet.be.
Our first stop was in Hoegaarden, visiting Santos Bike friends Jacinta and Frank (https://spinningsouth.com)
From Kortessem up to Maastricht, Roselien, Kaylie and Jan joined us to wave us out.
From Maastricht, we continued to Aachen, the startpoint of the Vennbahn.
The vennbahn is one of Europe's longest cycle paths on a disused railway track. It runs from Aachen, Germany to Troisvierges in the north of Luxembourg. 125 km's with a maximum inclination of 3 %.
We stayed in a hotel just after Aachen and then cycled the entire vennbahn in 1 day unto Troisvierges where we stayed at the local campsite.
Leaving Troisvierges, we cycled via the "Jardins A Suivre" cycle track to Munshausen where we had rendezvous at the Robbesscheier tourist office.
The Clervaux area is a hiking and biking paradise. During our stay, we did a guided 15 km hike from The Rackesmillen in Enscherange to Clervaux. This hike is part of the 106 km Escapardenne-Eislek trail between Roche-en-Ardenne in Belgium and Kautenbach in Luxembourg, from where it continues another 53 km's via the Lee trail to Ettelbruck. Both trails are considered as some of the best in Europe
All hiking trails in Luxembourg are very well maintained and signposted.
We were lucky that 2 official hiking guides, Susan and Ralph, were accompanying us on this trail.
If you want to book your guides or need more info, the right place to start is the Visit Clervaux website.
The area has an abundance of mtb and road bike trails, all available via Komoot.
We cycled the loop from Enscherange to Kautenbach via the Eislek trail, passing Pintch and Lellingen, returning via Alscheid to Enscherange.
For more info, go to : https://www.visit-clervaux.lu/en/nature/biking