I decided to walk the GR412 – Sentier des Terrils — a walk along the coal mining axis — and thus spoil tip (Terril) axis of Wallonia. The GR runs from Blegny, close to Maastricht, to Bernissart, on the French border.
Ik heb besloten de GR412 – Sentier des Terrils te lopen — een wandeling langs de kolenwinningsas — en dus steenberg-as van Wallonië. De GR loopt van Blegny, bij Maastricht, naar Bernissart, dicht bij de Franse grens.
Stage / Etappe : 1
Date / Datum : 14-12-2019
From / van : Eijsden (NL) (57m)
To / naar : Micheroux (277m)
Km : 30.79km
Time : 7h03m
Terrils : 2 (0 climbed / beklommen)
Weather : First sunny, then cloudy, 11°C, occasional rainshowers
/ weer : Eerst zonnig, later bewolkt, 11°C, af en toe regenbuien
I am walking the GR 412 – Sentier des Terrils. There are a lot of terrils (slag heaps) in Belgium, about 740 in Wallonia alone, mostly lying on the Liege — Charleroi — Mons — Lille axis. The GR 412 follows this axis.
Below is a list of terrils my walk put me on, or directly next to. There are many more I have seen.
While hiking, my main concern is logging my track, and sometimes routing, and a long battery life. Walking with a phone plugged into a powerbank is possible, but it’s a pain (the cables become dislodged or worse: bent)
I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 as media centre, with beamer attached. It played most movies well, but some stuttered. It turned out this box doesn’t have the oomph to play movies. Adding a graphics card would help that. Today, I tried to add that graphics card, succeeded, and about 3 minutes afterwards, killed this pc.
I own a few domains: IIVQ.net (this has always been the host for my e-mail-domain), citrastructurae.net and it’s brother xn--citrastructur-ggb.net (see) and urbanandrural.net. I made a few posts on citrastructuræ, but wanted to keep that page for it’s subject while also writing about the tinkerings I do, mainly to serve as a memory to myself so I know what the hell I did 2 years ago setting up that raspberry pi or kodi system. IIVQ.net pointed to the citrastructurae.net page, but I wanted it to contain it’s own blog.
Because I have chosen the cheapest package at my webhost antagonist.nl, I can’t install multiple wordpress blogs, nor do I really want to. Enter wordpress multisite (I recommend you read that and Before you create a network thoroughly before going on). However, I have found the installation non-trivial.