Trien gave us a "be like a local" map, which allowed us to discover a lot of the city that is still off the beaten track, which is to say most of it. Ghent plays second fiddle to a lot of the major tourist cities in Belgium, but has a beautifully preserved historical center, with no less than 5 churches/towers and gothic buildings. It's also a huge city, with a booming student population. We saw Van Eych's sacrifice of the lamb in St. Baft Cathedral and walked around a LOT.
The Plan: Two months of unassisted cycling and camping through Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and wherever else our legs may take us.
The Route: Starting in Brussels and flying out of Berlin are the only given at this point. We plan to cycle parts of the Flanders Cycle Route, Rhine River and the Danube River. We will also be using the EuroVelo and regional cycling routes.
Accommodation: WarmShowers website (like couchsurfing for cyclists). We are also planning on staying at campsites, backyards of friendly locals or in the wilderness.