What do you give the cyclist who has everything? In Limburg, a Dutch-speaking province of Belgium that has built extensive bike paths and bills itself as a “cycling paradise,” the answer is a bike path that makes you feel a bit like Moses.
The Cycling Through Water bike path cuts clean through a pond in surrounding Bokrijk Park, giving riders the feeling, for about a tenth of a mile, of zipping through two neatly parted seas. The contrast of the path’s straight lines amid natural features makes for dramatic contrast. And, as the 200-meter path is sunk nearly five feet, it puts cyclists eye level with the surrounding water. In summer, people enjoying Cycling Through Water may find themselves making eye contact with a duck paddling by. In winter, they have an up-close view of the sky’s reflection in the frozen pond’s glassy surface.
|In de Lommer met Sommer en||23.7km||site_izi|
|GroenLinks-Maastricht en nl||23.5km||site_izi|
|The historical heart of Liège en fr||37.2km||site_izi|
|Cycling Through The Trees||2019||24.1km||site_ao|
|Roman Catacombs Museum||2016||31.6km||site_ao|
|Fort Saint Pieter||2014||24.3km||site_ao|
|St. Pietersberg Caves||2011||24.5km||site_ao|
|Klankenbos Sound Forest||2018||30.3km||site_ao|
|A Gravity-Defying Lookout Tower||2017||33.8km||site_ao|
|A Dutch Hotel in a 15th Century Gothic Church||2017||23.5km||site_ao|
|Administrative Centre (AC) Groenplein||5.2km||site_brutalism|
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