Outdoor & Radio weekend

We all have different kind of hobbies & interests, we also have little time at our disposal.
So what is more satisfying then combining several interests in one great weekend.
You all know that I’m an outdoor enthusiast and some of you know that I’m also a communication adept. I love all kinds of communication technology: old or new, analog or digital, … bring it on. So recently I got licensed as an Ham Radio operator. That gives me tons of extra possibilities to experiment with communication technology. One of those things is a “Fauna & Flora activation.” Yeah I know, nerding out here!
And damn happy ’bout it!

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Winter is coming.

While in the midst of summer I’m already looking forward to spending the winter in Sweden again. I cannot hide my love for the Northern European countries, I love the freedom in summer, the overwhelming solitude of nature there. The feeling of becoming bewildered again after a month or more of outdoor life. But I’ve come to love winters too. The short days with massive blue skies and and the low sunlight give it a constant magical feeling. The cosy heat of the cabin with a warm fire, the fresh air when out and about, …
Adventuring in winterland is so beautiful.

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Ardennes to the rescue

…or was it “The great escape to the Ardennes“…
We were up for a quick getaway. As mentioned earlier we decided not to leave Belgium for leisure & pleasure but we needed to get out!
So we decided to go out for a short weekend, in between jobs, with the trailer to a camping in the Ardennes which has near wild camping experience. Never been there but having no other option we took our chances and see how it would turn out. We were very much in need of a short break.

That turned out to be a very nice location and the experience was excellent. We set up camp far away from the camping and we had the river, the riverbank to our selves. One other couple was standing a bit further. No problem whatsoever with that. It’s not because we like to be alone in nature that we are asocial. Most of the people looking for locations like that share a similar mindset.

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Oh Murphy

“Expect the unexpected” they say!
I suppose it wasn’t meant to happen just on your driveway!
Just a small scratch but it made it to the inner structure of the Tyre.
Riding like this on soft sand and slow speeds is no issue.
But with these extreme high temperatures and high speed on the motorway,
thats a recipe for a blowout.
So changed it out of precaution. Better safe than sorry.

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It takes my pain away

We decided this year to stay at home during the summer holidays.
As we both are independent, being a photographer & director myself and my girlfriend a marketeer, we needed to catch up on the work we lost in spring due to Covid.
Also, I don’t believe that travelling abroad when a virus is spreading the world, is a bright idea. Even if you, like us are the sole living soul in the area, people should stay in their own surroundings limiting the contacts they can make. Out of responsibility.
Last but not least, traveling for me is about freedom. Having to check the news every day to see wether we are obliged to be quarantined when we get back or entering a restricted country… that is not my idea of traveling. I can also not afford to stay quarantined.
So we decided to at least postpone our journeys and see what the tide of time will give us. As said, being independent also enables us to travel whenever we like. So when everybody is back to his daily business in September or October, we’ll be heading for the horizon again.

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Out of this world

Ever since I was a little boy I’ve been interested in technology: the rise of the internet , photography, video, radio, TV, … were things that always caught my attention. What also made me very curious was communication technology and everything that surrounds that. WalkieTalkies, Radios, satellite phones, GSM and later smartphones could trigger my interest at any given time. Later I added Network radios to the list and last but not list I finally got licensed to use a HAM radio.
Radio in general is a very nice companion when you are travelling, either digital or analog, it’s always nice to meet likeminded people on the air.

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Moulin de Ruy

“Toi et Moi” – Just the two of us.
Yesterday, we dropped our second girl at some kind of Circus/adventure camp so we were very keen to head out to the Ardennes for a little hike today. I had this 17km hike ready to play in my card deck for quite a while and today seemed like the perfect time to do it. Excellent weather, sunny with a touch of clouds and a refreshing wind every once and while.

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Tales from the Seaside

Finally had the time to do another ride away from home. Starting point would be “Oostduinkerke” at the Belgian coast. Those who know me are aware of my dislike for busy beaches and crowded areas. Nevertheless my friend @belgianbiker was there and that was the perfect excuse to get out and bring the family along: kids on the beach, boys on the bike. Everybody happy!
Getting there in traffic jams is part of the deal when going to the beach and the fact that I was in sleep deprivation wasn’t doing me any good. But I was focussed on making the best out of it.

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Podcast – De Doorzetters “Go-Getters”

Not so long ago I got interviewed by “de Pieters“. They are launching a Podcast Series about people with a fair amount of perseverance. I was honoured to be the first one in that series.

“Doorzetters” is a podcast about the art of life.
They speak with professional doers and their link with sports and exercise.
How sports and work guide their lives. They gauge motivations and stamina, effort and sacrifice. They talk about success and setback. About pushing through or letting go…

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TC – Saeftinghe

A very a-typical ride in my perspective. This 120 km ride is about 85% road only. The other 15 % off road is doable with a road bike and in case of doubt you can always found a way around the offroad sections.

I wasn’t in great shape this morning when I left but I decided to leave anyway and see how far we got. The gentle wind pushing me in the back gave me a false feeling of confidence. I paid that in cash on the way back. The winds from Saeftinghe until Antwerp, for about 50km, were very strong, head on and the landscape is unforgivingly flat with nothing to hide against the wind. But hey, part of the game we play. I had to boost myself a couple of times but in the end I made home tired but satisfied.

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