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    New Member Virtualbotanist's Avatar
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    Thank you from Rotterdam, Netherlands

    hammocking gave me back my freedom.

    Iím eternally grateful to you hammockers and @shug in particular. You showed me that a 56 year old 2 meter (6í7Ē) tall cripple can still go out into the wild and fully recover in a hammock.

    Iím a traveler. I long to see what is behind the next horizon. To be alone, in the moment, moving through the landscape.
    I crossed the Sahara desert 6 times. I always slept on the ground in the open air with an old tarp to protect me and my bike from wind, rain and sandstorms.

    Over the years, multiple hernias, Lyme disease and osteoarthritis made me look for new ways to be alone with nature. I found weightless joy in scuba diving, until pain and stress gave me hart arrhythmia.
    I never give up. I can still ride my e-bike and motorcycle, but I needed a way to recover on the road.

    Last year I googled ďhammock campingĒ and it changed my life!

    I bought my Blackbird XLC last December. Hanging in my study all winter while recovering from neck hernia surgery.
    I just returned from an 18 day, 4.000 km (2.500 mile) motorcycle road trip through France and the French-Italian Alps. Sleeping in my hammock every night and many siesta's along the way. Iíve never slept better!

    When I die, I want to be sewn into my hammock with 3 round shot at my feet and make my final voyage into the deep.


    Thank you,
    VirtualBotanist

    www.instagram.com/virtualbotany

    Iím a sculptor and 3D artist. I specialize in virtual reality and 3D botany. I make my living 3D animating and visualizing nature at an international landscape architect firm in Rotterdam and New York

    1987 - Meeting fellow travellers on the trans Sahara route. Between Tamanrasset and Agadez, on my way to the Slave Coast (Benin & Nigeria)


    2019 - back on the road, thanks to hammocking. Glacier camping, Chamonix - Mont Blanc


    2019 - Col d'Izoard Where Hannibal crossed the Alps with his Elephants


    2019 - Great Saint Bernard pass. Crossing from Switzerland into Italy.
    Last edited by Virtualbotanist; 07-28-2019 at 02:32.

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    Member Grunt's Avatar
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    Hello and welcome, VB! Happy to have another Euro hanger amongst us. Most definitely looking forward to seeing some more of your adventures!
    Oooh, shiney! What does THIS button do?

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    Welcome aboard!

    What motorcycle are you riding these days when touring? I do a fair amount myself on my BMW's... an '07 K1200S & '01 R1150GS. Camping off the bike with the hammock is the perfect way to go.
    Last edited by ObdewlaX; 07-27-2019 at 17:59.

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    New Member Virtualbotanist's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ObdewlaX View Post
    What motorcycle are you riding these days when touring?
    thanks Grunt and ObdewlaX

    My current Matilda is an unrestored but well maintained 1995 BMW R100RT. My Sahara camel was an 1983 Yamaha XT600 TENERE.

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    all secure in sector 7 Shug's Avatar
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    Whooooo Buddy)))) I love that you adventure and still get out and found the hammock life.
    Shug
    Whooooo Buddy)))) All Secure in Sector Seven

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    New Member Virtualbotanist's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    still get out and found the hammock life.
    Thanks Shug, From now on my blackbird will always come waltzing matilda with me!

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