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Word of advice for those who want to take their bike on the train here in Belgium. Try to avoid peak hours when boarding a train ( 6.30 till 9 in the morning and 4.30 till 6.30 evening ). It will be too crowded seeing many regular commuters will take up space with their folding bikes.
In most of the intercity and interegion trains there are designated carriages where you can sit next to your bike to keep an eye on it.
If visiting a town I would advice though to park your bike at your accomodation or in a guarded parkinglot seeing the area around the trainstation is notorious for getting your bike stolen.

Belgium has great routes for cycling ( the Netherlands are champion of course when it comes to decent roads for cycling ! ) to Santiago. Especially the Via Monastica and before you know it you will have reached the border with France... ;)
There is also a list of people ( Flemish Confraternity of St James ) who will accomodate " Pilgrims on the bike ".
 
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Even now I love bikes; summer 1959 I biked using 3 speeds from London to Rome in four months. What a trip!
This might be an impertinent question, @mspath, but how old were you when you cycled London to Rome? Were you in company?
 

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This might be an impertinent question, @mspath, but how old were you when you cycled London to Rome? Were you in company?
I was 20. It was my first trip to europe. Went with AYH, American Youth Hostels, for 2 months then with I other girl. Stayed in youth hostels.

Wore no helmet, simple clothes and used canvas paniers but after walking up the Alps the 80 k descent into Nice was great.

Most importantly I learned not only how to patch tyres but the importance of tenacity and the simple pleasure of following a dream to make it come true.
...Even then it was Ultreia.
 
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I hitch-hiked London to Rome in 1963. (Should you be curious, I was 18). The European youth hostels were wonderful in those days.
 

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But back to the topic of your actual thread. It all sounds easy and convenient, but you need to be aware that there are only a few places for assembled bikes on French trains, and if they’re taken you have to wait for the next one.
 
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Even now I love bikes; summer 1959 I biked using 3 speeds from London to Rome in four months. What a trip
I was 20. It was my first trip to europe. Went with AYH, American Youth Hostels, for 2 months then with I other girl. Stayed in youth hostels.

Wore no helmet, simple clothes and used canvas paniers but after walking up the Alps the 80 k descent into Nice was great.

Most importantly I learned not only how to patch tyres but the importance of tenacity and the simple pleasure of following a dream to make it come true.
...Even then it was Ultreia.
I'm unlikely to need your very useful link, and know this is not the point of the thread, but just to say... @mspath, you are an inspiration.
The image of someone pushing a 3-speed up those switchbacks? Oh, my.
Indeed - Ultreia in all things!
 
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