My husband and I are newbies doing a bike tour through Belgium. While Flanders isn't that hard to figure out, the guidebooks are all silent from Villers-devant-Orval to Roche-en-Ardenne. Though its possible that there's nothing to see there except idyllic countryside, it would still be nice to know what towns and routes are more idyllic than others, if there's a friendly, clean but cheap inn or campground, and what the terrain looks like. If I google "florenville to roche en ardenne", it tells me that it's a 66.2 km ride, and that it should take me 3 hours and 57 minutes if we were to follow what looks like a highway, the E 46. If I was training for the Tour de Ardennes, maybe, but as a person who takes it real easy on hills, this number doesn't feel right. Neither do I want to bike along a highway for four to five hours. A 500 meter hill climb may very well wipe me out for the day, in which case, a midpoint that has a decent inn or campground, and a good brewery would be nice. It would be lovely if someone could give me a hint as to what the cycling is like in that section of the country so I can figure out if two novice bike tourers could reasonably make it from A to B in a day. Thanks!
I biked through the Ardennes years ago and don't recall any particularly memorable towns. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of towns in the region were destroyed in both WWI & WWII. I think it only took me 1 or 2 days to cross. It's a moderately hilly, wooded region. The landscape is pleasant enough but nothing special. I'd suggest you look at a Michelin map of the area (ViaMichelin: Michelin route planner and maps, restaurants, traffic news and hotel booking) and look for small roads with a green line bordering them, which indicates a picturesque road. Also, if you see a small arrow on a road, that indicates an incline above a certain percentage. It sounds like you want to avoid those as much as possible.
If you go through the city of Liege, make sure you have a look at the spectacular railway station.