It is a well known fact that when you travel in and around Europe you are going to come across some interesting smells. For example, when in Austria or Switzerland, you are going to smell the reason why the grass is so green (i.e. organic, very fresh fertilizer. If you are really lucky, you may even see the scheisse werfer). Or when traveling in and around Koln, Dutschland the very sweet smell of chocolate may fill your nostrils. However, a little known fact is that when traveling (or riding in this case) in Belgium, you get to experience a wide variety of interesting smells in a very small amount of time. This is because Belgium has to keep its smells confined to an itty-bitty amount of space for a country. If you are lucky enough, in the span of a 2 hour ride, you may smell cheese, oil, poo, bread, farts, chocolate, fish and more poo. My teammates and I were just that lucky today during our training ride. I now feel well introduced to Belgium and its smells.
If you would like to see some pictures of our inaugural Belgium "smell" ride, check out http://www.brookecycling.com/ and click on her Blog.