We were greeted with a beautiful sunny day for our first day of serious cycling. The path along the canal was perfect. Every so often we would pass concrete bunkers ("pill boxes") constructed by the Nazis in the second World War. We also saw numerous corn fields and pockets of industrial areas.
The skies opened up as we reached the city of Ghent, we managed to find shelter but not before getting soaked. I wonder if these tourists all just happened to like colorful umbrellas or if it was the tour boat driver's fancy?
Gent is another Gothic city that dominated in the Middle Ages but unlike Bruges, Ghent is still a thriving port and University town.
Ron and I found shelter from the rain in the local package store.