The last time that I slept in a tent was when I was in the army. No wait, there was a time when we pitched a borrowed tent on the slopes of Otto’s Bluff during my hang gliding days for the Natal Champs and endured a cow demolishing it before we had a chance to enjoy our hangover from the party the night before. When you’re 24 years old, you’re invincible! I’ve always laughed off the idea of camping since this incident, because Elize was with me at the time. She maintained that after the cow had stuck its head inside the tent that if I ever invited her to go camping again, it would have to be the Holiday Inns at the very least! To sleep in a tent when there was perfectly good alternative accommodation available – (something with a proper bed) has been for the rest of our married life – out! Until now.
Today our club has acquired its own Top-of-the-Range, State-of-the-Art, laptop computer which has being loaded with all information and programs from my files. We will be using this computer for compiling all Ride Reports, Newsletters and Flyers that were previously done on my personal PC. Nothing will change other than my email address. “Birdman” is basically my business email address that has become unwieldy trying to sort out club from office! This move makes it easy! My PC too can now be freed up for my own “stuff”.
Unless you attended the GS Eco, you cannot be told how fantastic it was. The venue, the camp-sites, the food, the infrastructure. It was all first class and typical BMW. And for the R800 entry fee, was the bargain of the Century! Riding the planned routes was also a challenge. Not only in the riding of the route, but also in the navigation. The routes were downloaded and shared amongst all the participants with GPEsses. (We learned from the GPS guru Peter only last week that routes are useless and what you need are tracks!)