Even though I still have a lot of trips to process, I decided to make a little side step first. The reason for this is that I get asked a certain question quite often and that is that people wonder about me traveling these regions in France completely solo.
First of all I don’t always travel solo, I have a very dear traveling companion! But when I do travel solo I take precautions.
First of all, I will always let people know where I’m going, second I carry a PLB (Personal Locater Beacon) and third (and most fun) I’m an outdoors guy a.k.a I like being outside with minimal equipment.
The video below is part 1 of a 2 night Hike & Hang (as we call them) and it will give you a glimpse of the way we travel outdoors…and yes when I’m out and about in the woods of France I do carry a firesteel, sturdy knife, a poncho for shelter and “coffee and tea equipment” (this is an insider joke, where coffee and tea in the woods in France has become a must have for the initiated ;-) )
The video is sadly in dutch and is about a 2 night hike and hang I had here in the netherlands with a very good friend: Johan van Dijk aka Born2Roam.
It shows our shelter but also cooking equipment (part woodstove and part alcohol burner from my side)..so Enjoy and please comment on the video on youtube if you want!
This march, during the Easter weekend, me and a good friend visited our favorite area again.
On the rainy/misty car ride in, it really helps to have good company on rides like this🙂, we visited the new memorial museum at Fleury. We both found the museum quite entertaining, but a bit expensive. (Reviews from others vary and apparently there are some mistakes), but all in all I sure enjoyed my time there…If you are ever around there and just curious about it all, I would advise a visit.
Just across the road from the museum they have cleared a field so you can see the actual shell damage that is still visible today after 100 years.
Upon exiting the museum we were approached by a flemish guy who , to our amazement, turned out to be the writer of 2 books we both have, about our usual area. He heard us talk and suspected he knew my friend and introduced himself. We ended up being invited to join him and his friends on day 3 to do a hike through an area we had our eye on for a while. Needless to say we accepted gladly, since one does not often get a chance to be guided into these areas by people who have so much indepth historical information.
Day 3 turned out to be an epic day, where we got to see many things and learned a tremendous amount, but more about that in a later blog😉
Needless to say, this is one of those chance encounters that really have made this hobby worth its while so many times over the years.
…But back to day one…Just like the previous trip I focused a little bit more on video than photo, though I still ended up with 100’s of photo’s as usual. But without further delay, below the video report of day one…enjoy!
Quite some time ago I got given a videocamera. Not something I have tried out in a significant way, so I decided to make a videodiary of my latest trip a few weeks ago (besides the 100’s of photographs I took)
Day one was just an experiment with filming and edditting, day 2 (part one) is a real video report.
I’ll expiriment with this for a while to see if it is a worthwhile addition to my digital archives.
When this year started I kinda knew where it was going…but..I was wrong😉 (You all already read about the timing and duration of walking14-18 being thrown into a shambles)
I came up with some viable alternatives, but it did mean the actual goal of the hike was totally shot (no other way to put it). Yet as they say “a door closes, but a window opens”..and so it was with me.
A little over 3 weeks ago, a company contacted me with a very short email, pointing out they wanted to set up a contact center, and since they found out about my expertise they wanted to “talk to me”. I googl-ed them..wondered why in the world the wanted to run their own CC, and decided to meet them out of curiosity.
What followed was one of the most innervating conversations about CRM (Customer Relations Management) in my life! I faced 2 men, who didn’t know much about CRM (a financial director and an owner) but damn wel knew how crm would help them ..and THAT was the rare bit..to them CRM was an asset not an expenditure. I can honestly say the drive, determination and vision I saw that day I only ever saw twice (3 times if i count my own views).
Skip forward a week and bit..and you face a challenge and an offer.. hike 3 months on a track that will NOT end where it was planned or pick up the gauntlet…so i picked up the gauntlet (Duh did anyone doubt that one!🙂 )
Okay!! where is this going to you may ask..well nowhere really. May-September, or April to july walking 14-18 is no longer a 3 or 4 months hike (:-( ), but I will hike, bike, plain, train or automobile it!!! *lest we forget*.
The website and Facebook page will keep following my adventures🙂 so in stead of one adventure It will be several smaller ones😀