Each year my New Year’s Day ride has a slightly different character and this year it was the result of three days of freezing fogs in the Brabant Wallon countryside in the centre of Belgium.
No doubt that the mountain bike was my machine of choice today, I had no wish to be on the roads and the landscape of Lasne was beautiful under its white coat.
The mist has been hanging about all day and not quite burning off, so at night temperatures down to minus 5 have frozen the water droplets onto the trees and the open ground creating a monochrome landscape of whites and greys.
Only the beech leaves provided an orange and brown carpet where they had been sheltered beneath the icy branches.
Outstanding start to the year.