Houyet – Quattro Stagioni – 10km

Nice easy walk in and around Houyet. Weather conditions changed every 5 minutes… crazy!
But that didn’t made it less fun.
It was quite a while ago since we were out in the Ardennes so we enjoyed every second of it.
This is a fairly easy walk with a steep climb in te beginning and near the end, he rest is next to the river bedding which is slowly ascending and descending, you cros several small waterfalls and in the right saison they can be very beautiful. The best place to have lunch is where you turn left away from the river after a kilometer or 3.
Also there is a walking restriction after a kilometer or two due to possible falling rocks. You can either ignore this or take the long way round. If you trespass, it’s at your own risk!

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Haut-le-Wastia Hike

Yesterday I had to be in Tubize for a short meeting. From my place that is halfway the Ardennes, so i figured that it would be nice to drive an hour further and enjoy a short hike. The sun has finally shown his faces after a couple of rainy weeks so I was really looking forward to get out!

My choice fell on this 8km hike because it’s not to far driving and the hike distance is possible to squeeze in between a meeting in the morning and being at home for the kids in the late afternoon. It’s a non typical hike because is not an “away from it all” – nature hike. This 8 km hike has a lot of variation, is not hard to walk and has some nice Points of interest along the way. So this one is especially good for kids.

Also I was keen to try out the Sony RX100mVII & RX0mII to see if those extreme compact cameras were good tools to document such trips both on video and photo.

Here’s an impression:

Cargo Bike to the rescue

My youngest daughter, Liv, broke her wrist and strained the other one during an Indoor Snowboard camp.
The sun finally got out and I wanted her to enjoy the nice weather.
I took her for a spin with my e-Bullitt cargo bike and placed the Insta360 X2 in front of her.
She was thrilled!

Sled(ge) Hammer!

As said earlier, it must have been 10 years ago since we had this amount of snow that stayed overnight! There’s only one thing you can do then: fetch the kids from school with their sleds and find the nearest hill!

Backyardin’

You don’t have to go real far to catch a glimp of nature’s beauty.
We had some exceptional cold weather in combination with snow here. That was several years ago. Even better, the snow was here to stay for a couple of days, thanks to the freezing cold.

Anyway, they predicted freezing temperatures in combination with a clear sky, that was more than enough for me to get up early, walked to the riverbank a few 100 meters behind our house and fire up the drone to try and make some beautiful sunrise images. There was a big cloud blocking the sun for a while but after the sun rose above it, the warm colors of the sun rays kissed the landscape. Lovely!

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Bluebirdin’

When it comes to bikes there is a simple mathematics rule that applies based on the Velominati rules.

Rule N°12 implies:
While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is n + 1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s – 1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.
Source: What is N+1 – NX Trails

I’ve owned several bikes in the past: from a Specialized race bike, a cinelli fixed gear, to an Achielle city bike, Mountainbikes, CX bikes and so on…
I can honestly say that that owning multiple bikes make me happier in life, for the simple reason that all of those bikes are designed to be used for a specific purpose, season, ground condition. When I was riding my race bike I felt limited when I passed a cool kinda muddy gravel path and could not ride that. When riding a mountain bike in my region I felt a bit stupid that 70% of the track was on asphalt, … So every specific bike that I owned gave me more limitations than opportunities.

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Kleine & Groote Meer

It’s been a while since I’ve done a hike. Having an 8 month old “puppy” at home is the main reason for that. And it’s just a matter of months and he’ll be up and running for decent hikes! Very much looking forward to that!

Raavi

Anyway, today me and a friend did a hike we planned a few weeks ago. When I woke up this morning all of Belgium & The Netherlands were covered in a, for our standards, a thick layer of snow. That would definitely give some extra flair to our hike.

The road to the starting point was a bit of a challenge because of the snow, but my car is perfectly suited for those conditions. 4×4 high gear and up & away!

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Keepin’ it alive

Just a day in the field to see if everything is ready to leave! As from the moment the borders reopen again without restriction we’re off! it ws also a test to see if the new puppy would fit in the car on longer trips. So far so good.