The prologue of our European Overland trip 2020
Lifes is what happens to you, while you’re busy making other plans.
This should have been the week of departure on our first big trip…
It’s been 3,5 years since we decided to go for a (mostly) nomadic flying life style. When I go back to that moment, 2020 was still soooo far away. Fortunatly having time also meant that we were able to take our time designing, planning, building – repeat! Having been able to spend 3 years testdriving we’ve come to built a house on wheels that is totally to our taste and needs. Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and we planned to leave mid May. First we would go to the Dutch Open Hanggliding competition in Monte Cucco, Italy and then on to Albania. And from thereon…
It may not come as a surprise to you…, this didn’t happen. When Covid-19 invaded our country during the Dutch Carnaval in February, pretty soon a lock down followed mid March. The world stopped and plans went into the fridge. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not complaining here. We stayed healthy, our friends and family stayed healthy and in The Netherlands we had, what they called, an intelligent lock down. Yes, we worked from home, kept our distance, but most shops were open and we were allowed to travel in the country. So we had more time on our hands to finish the truck and get ready for whenever things would go to the ‘new normal’: the 1,5 meter society.
We just accepted that things and thus our plans changed and without knowing how and when we could start our first trip we decided to set a date to at least move into the truck. Meanwhile we have to clear out our appartment, go through another cycle of deciding what to store, bring with us or get rid of. Even in our little appartment we still have too much stuff.
With much interest we follow the news on TV, radio, in Facebook groups on travelling overland and discuss with friends what options we have. Sure, The Netherlands is beautiful too and there are lots of flying options. So maybe we will be spending the next couple of months in our home country and hopefully do some soaring and flatland XC’s. At least we will finally have the time to finish some videos on the truck. We take it slow and relaxed, as was always the plan and keep you posted. So stay tuned!