Someone once told me I was a quitter, well today I quit my job and it feels great. With quitting my job comes the realisation that what we have been planning for the last year and a half is finally coming to fruition: in just 43 days Emma and I will embark on our adventure of a lifetime.
It is glaringly apparent that we still have a lot of work to do; the lists are longer than ever and every woken minute is spent thinking about the trip. For me the planning and preparation are half the experience and I have loved every minute of it.
Now that both our work places know we are leaving we can seriously step up our promotional media and hopefully get some last minute local sponsorship; although I’m not holding out much hope. Of the 150+ local companies we approached only 4 had the courtesy to even reply with an answer (incidentally all said ‘No’).
If anyone is interested in sponsoring us, you can download our local sponsorship pack below.
This weekend saw much progress in our logistics and packing. Our equipment acquired until now was packed into our new ‘Wolf Boxes’ to get an idea of how much (or how little) space we still have and how everything will fit into the back of Bee-Bee in some kind of ‘Toyota Tetris’. We have identified all the equipment items that we still need to source and purchase (the lists and spreadsheets detailing this reach new anally-retentive organisational highs). The interior of the back has been carpeted; it took Andy several hours which may have been a result of the super potent epoxy he was using (he looked a little dazed afterwards). The storage drawers are securely fixed and the fridge mounted on a sliding shelf from the rear. We have spent our first night sleeping in the roof tent... OK, it was only parked on the drive and we had to go to work in the morning but it got the expedition butterflies fluttering...
There are few monumentous milestones in our lives; our first words, our first steps, first day at school, first time we ride a bike, first kiss, our first car, first day in a new job... For round-the-world adventurers those first shaky steps up a ladder into what will be our home for 2 years, 2 months and 9 days will always be treasured.
Our roof tent was surprisingly easy to set up; two clips at the front and one at the back and it ascends into position on hydraulic arms. Inside is surprisingly Tardis-like; we can sit fully upright and have around the same space as a double bed. The tent comes complete with a comfortable mattress and pillows and is roomy enough when closed to store a duvet and sleeping bags. There is a built-in light in the ceiling and various fabric pockets and an overhead cargo net to store essentials.
This really can be a room with a view (or several)... 3 of the sides have doors which roll up completely and the front end has a semi-circular window. For those hot, tropical nights, each opening has a mosquito netting flap which can be zipped up to fend off blood-sucking invertebrates. Although our test-run was on the cliff top at the southern point of Guernsey, lying there we could imagine gazing out across snow-capped mountains, palm-fringed beaches and tranquil lakeside’s.
For our global journey, this is Home Sweet Home.