Issue 144 : Excess baggage

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Nils takes an unusual packing list to the mountains for an overnight adventure. Words & photography Nils Amelinckx I fumbled around in the last of the light, the cold breeze having stripped my hands of any dexterity, keeping a watchful eye over the waste bag in front of me as it danced playfully in the wind. Although I could probably remove this bag blindfold, I found myself completely engrossed in the process, my eyes having to steer the movement of my insensate fingers. After all, this bag’s contents aren’t something you would want to inadvertently spill… We were setting up...

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  • Issue 144 : Excess baggage
  • blokeuptheroad
    Full Member

    Thank you for this. This was inspirational and humbling. I’ve had a few health issues and personal knockbacks recently which have put me in a bit of a dark place and stopped me riding but they are trivial compared to what Nils is dealing with. This really struck a chord and gave me a virtual kick up the arse to stop moping and get out.

    I have vowed to drag my bike out in the next few days and whilst it will only be a local bimble in the woods, I know it will feel epic.

    Sandwich
    Full Member

    Inspiring stuff Nils. I hope that there are many more adventures in store for you.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    Couldn’t approve of this story any more than i do… awesome !!!! Keep riding !

    garburn
    Full Member

    I have vowed to drag my bike out in the next few days and whilst it will only be a local bimble in the woods, I know it will feel epic.

    That’s great to hear. I had a similar wake-up call when Andy McKenna was talking about him riding through his MS diagnosis at Kendal Mountain Festival when I was 6 months into my first round of treatment. I thought heck I shouldn’t let this illness dictate how I am going to live my life and got back on the bike. It’s the best thing I did.

    Nils

    garburn
    Full Member

    Thanks for the kind words!

    Kayak23
    Full Member

    Great article to read, interesting, funny and very inspiring stuff. Having the will to overcome your obstacles like that really is impressive.
    Sounds like a cracking ride.

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