Wednesday, September 29, 2010

28/09/2010 The big day

We had an appointment today to get the "Pingcar" and the car of Pierre and Corinne loaded into a container to be able to be shipped in a locked up box. Only with us present this container is allowed to be opened at the other side in Buenos Aires.

It was quite something to get those 2 huge vehicles in a large container, which was placed on a truck already.

Sonia from Socar arranged everything perfectly. Loading in Brussels downtown went very smoothly. It stayed a very exciting moment for us, especially when the first car went in -for heighth and width- , and even though we measured more then a hundred times our cars, we would only believe that they really fitted in, at the moment they both were in -length-, and without damaging, or scratching. It all went smooth. Thank you Sonia and your kind employees.

Visite at Matteo's school

Show moment at school.

During the afternoon we went to Matteo's school, and all classes from toddlers 2nd till 4th grade, passed in the living cell. Unfortunately there was not enough time to have class 5 and 6 as well, but Romney showed them the outside and the Land Rover Defender in the front to compensate a bit.

Inside we showed where we are sleeping, eating, cooking, taking a shower, etc...

Some remarkable questions from the children up to ~10y:
-where does the water go? Is there a drain for toilet/dirty water?
-where does the electricity come from?
-how are the plugs connected then?
-where is the tv? huh, no TV?! For so long without TV?

It was lovely to see the reactions from the children and we hope we can provide them a nice virtual travel around South America.

Muddy week-end

Romney had this lovely idea to subscribe ourselves at the Elsass Landrover Meeting for this weekend. So fully charged for 10 months + 1 weekend of gear only for this weekend, we went to do some last test rides on off road tracks. Just to find the limits, with the new suspension and all the load... Which resulted in a very uncomfortable situation where we got stuck in mud, but really deep, and because we were to heavily charged, there was no way to get us out. 1,5 hour later and 3! Landrovers attached at the same time pulling finally we got out of the mud without any damages. Of course it was a nice experience, but timing wise I could have dreamt of another weekend to do this. Thanks again to all who helped us out in one way or another.

Rest of the weekend was lovely, even though it was muddy,... hey actually this is ideal for a Land meeting, as all those cars are made to play in mud. Etienne played a lot with his Land + cell and Bob showed him even more challenging paths with all the experience he has. It was a nice get together. Once we are back, we will definitely go again.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Getting the pingcar ready

This evening we got our Pingcar back from the garage Goffaux, and Romney went out for a little test ride with the living cell on the Defender with fresh new mud tires, and suspensions, I couldn't wait for his feedback, but he kept the suspense for me for a while. And then I saw his glorious smile coming up, telling me it's prefect. It's ready. This weekend we will do the packing. Sunday evening inventory time as we will need a list of each and every detail on board for customs purposes. And it's nice for our own tracking too. During the week we work, and Romney even travels so we won't have seas of time anymore. Next weekend we do I our last test drive: with the whole family to a nice weekend in the Elzas with dear friends.

My heartbeat goes up when I think of all what's waiting out there for us. It's weird, it's so close and at the same time so far away. One thing is sure we are all excited about it, and what we thought was a dream, is no longer a dream, but really coming true.


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