Getting ready

We know where we’re headed, and what we need to do to get there. If all goes well, in September, we should be setting off on a three-month tandem trip to Istanbul.

We’ve put Jessie, our narrowboat, up for sale, and have given ‘notice of notice’ at work (formal notice will follow when we have the boat sale wrapped up). September isn’t far away, so it’s all starting to feel pretty real. But until all the practical stuff is done, we can’t set off. Here’s what we’ve done so far, in no particular order:

  • Picked our rough departure date (September 2010 – scarily soon!)
  • Finished my philosophy degree
  • Pondered which route we should take over the Alps
  • Bought a map with London in the top left corner, and Istanbul in the bottom right (Scale = 1:2.5 million!)
  • Bought a sleeping bag for Rachel
  • Fettled with the tandem
  • Put Jessie on the market
  • Started writing a kit list

And some of the things we still need to do:

  • Find a buyer for Jessie
  • Say goodbye to work for a while
  • Say goodbye to friends and neighbours for a while
  • Give our tandem a last service
  • Buy a fair amount of touring stuff
  • Think about how we will arrange maps (paper or satnav?) for detailed navigation
  • Pack our bags

So it’s an odd mix off feeling like we’re nearly there, and knowing that we still have quite a bit to do.

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About johnfitzgerald

philosopher, husband, designer, photographer, quaker, cyclist, canal-boat dweller
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