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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Life has become a bit micro again. Where in recent years we went to look for our adventures and solitude as widely as possible, our world has now become so tiny and compact. The second dog is a gift, but for the time being an extra restriction that we undergo with patience, long walks are not possible with a puppy. But we enjoy the compact cocoon all the more, revalue places close-by and being together without an abundance of external stimuli. Micro is beautiful, especially with a macro view back!
“Le Forêt de Soignes” or “Het Zoniënwoud” would not be my first place to run to when in need of some fresh air and a nature injection. It’s located in the most dense and traffic struck area of Belgium near and around the capital. But when in short of time and in need of space it was more than I expected. There are hundreds of small trails there that meander through the forest. When you are lucky you don’t see a living soul. But most of the time the forest is kind of crowded since it’s the escape room for the entire capital. That being said, on a sunny fall afternoon with all of fall’s colours in full effect and the sun on a low azimuth it’s just gorgeous. So setting aside me prejudices and letting myself be guided by a friend it was a great experience: 8 kilometres of going up and down between meandering trails and majestic colourful trees.
So summer is gone. The good weather is gone. Now true Campers come out again. A little rain, wind and cold doesn’t scare us. Au contraire, that’s when we revive! Camperwerk Netherlands invited us for a short weekend away. Nothing fancy or big, no entertainenent circus, just being outside close to nature& weather to enjoy the company of equally minded people. Most of us knew eachother from previous version so the ice was broken quickly, chairs were dragged from one tent to the other to join in for coffee or thee.