It was time to head out again, it has been more than 6 months since we went out camping again. We were in need for a desperate break out in nature. Ideally we would be out camping in the wild. But since the borders are closed and wildcamping isn’t allowed we settled for the next best thing and headed for Camping Maka. This is a very cosy and down to earth camping with a little bit for everyone. It’s located in the province of Luxemburg near the village of Bertrix and has wonderful nature surroundings, wildlife, … You can camp out there in luxurious conditions with your camper or caravan or go for the more basic setup with a tent and some electricity. Or you can, like we do, reserve a small piece of land at the far end of the camping with nothing. And decide for yourself to bath in the river or take a hot shower. It all depends on the season I guess 😉
This lovely 10km walk starts at the entrance of Camping Maka and follows the meanders of The Semois for quit a while. Nevertheless the trail is varied from meadows next to the river, to rocky passages, wide agricultural roads and an occasional steep climb.
So today I was planning to do a ride from a fellow gravelist but it turned out that most of the tracks were frequently used mountainbike tracks and due to the recent rainfall and weekend traffic they turned into mud pools. Now, I don’t mind a little mud and some technical passages but not for 90 % of the ride. So after a few kilometres I decided to cancel the track on my GPS and start finding tracks I haven’t ridden before.
I ended up finding som nice roads and some know places as well. When I was riding my race bike these was one of my favourite regions to ride. So came across som wel known places but that made it easy to turn right the other way towards I had no idea where i might end up.
The beginning and the end are asphalt next to the river Rupel but once you get past that there is a lost of dust roads to discover on this 52 km track
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!
Nice first decent gravel ride of the year. Very happy to find out that i didn’t loose all of my fitness over the winter. Near the end my gear train kinda gave up on me. Stopped in few times to try and fix it but unfortunately, no luck doing that! Single speed home 🙂
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.
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!