Posted by: Craig | February 23, 2011

Some biking thoughts

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Cycling has been a passion of mine since I was small. I have four bikes including this one – my single speed conversion.

Living in the Langkloof and running an adventure tourism business offgrid will require me to use these bikes to their fullest!

In fact mountain bike adventure tours may be part of the final business plan. Either way mtbs and road bikes will always be part of my life!

Posted by: Craig | September 26, 2010

The Ingress Point

So what’s first? To set-up an adventure tourism business that is off grid (no reliance on piped water, sanitation services or centrally generated electricity) is no simple matter.

And to make it even more challenging, I want to grow my own food – with enough to feed myself, my staff and my guests. Eish! That may be a bridge too far – but I’d like to give it a try!

I’ve literally been thinking about a major change of lifestyle for years. It’s typically me. I’m a Capricorn, so shoot me :)

Seriously though, one needs a start point when embarking on a project this massive and life changing.

The obvious ingress point (to use a cool military aviation term) is the purchase of a suitable property.

Right now is a good time in South Africa to buy property. Interest rates are the lowest they’ve been in over 30 years and the market has yet to fully recover from the financial shock initiated by the credit crisis in the US. It’s a buyers’ market.

So I should buy now. As in right now!!

But I’m already heavily indebted. Nonetheless, I’m thinking of extending the bond on my second house in Sophia Town, Johannesburg, and using that loot to pay the deposit on this third property, somewhere in said paradise.

I know it’s not level headed and could be risky. But that’s the only way it’ll work.

If all goes to plan (I buy at the right price) – then I should be able to settle the outstanding bond very quickly and be debt free by the 2015 deadline I’ve set myself.

So, tomorrow, I’m off to the bank to beg them to “give me the cash” ;)

Wish me luck!

Posted by: Craig | September 25, 2010

Living Real

I’m sure it’s happened to you. Reaching that point where you know you need to make a change.

I feel it.  Call it the extended midlife crisis. Whatever! I’m feeling the need.  The need to escape the waste and craziness of this big, dangerous, dirty city.

I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. She’s nurtured me from birth. But now I want to break free from her clutches. It’s time to find adventure – maybe even live off grid?

Hi! This is me:

Taken at the top of the arch of the spectacular Moses Mabida Stadium, Dec 2009.

My name is Craig. I’m hoping to make this off grid thing a sustainable and even profitable lifestyle.

This blog is a start.

I’ll be documenting my search for a little piece of heaven right here! I’m thinking of one day settling in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. But this will take time, thinking and lots and lots of hard work.

My aims are to establish a small eco-tourism operation with minimal or preferably no impact on the immediate enviroment.

I’m imagining a plot with a quaint period house and additional authentic Xhosa-styled tourist accomodation. Some motorcycles and mountainbikes parked outside, glaring at the mountains on the horizon.

The distant fragrance of the Indian Ocean filters through the browning fynbos from the east. On the western horizon squat the muscular ridges of the Langkloof and yet further west rests the terracotta Karoo. To the south lie the rich green forests of the Tsitsikamma and beyond the haze in the azure north beckons the world’s premium right point break at Jeffrey’s Bay. Few places on earth offer such contrasts within less than 100 kilometres.This is where I want to live and prosper.

But I have a long way to go. I need to find a suitable property, stock it with the correct items and launch the business.

Please join me on my journey. Become a fellow traveller! Offer advice – it’ll be keenly accepted. Or just drop by for a chat!

Cheers

Craig

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