Counting down the weeks, then days, over christmas and new year was beginning to drag. I had packed and re-packed my bags a number of times. Trying to decide what to take, what to leave behind, and where it should go on the bike takes some planning. Do I keep all my clothes together in one place? What do I bury at the bottom and what do I keep at or near the top ? I'm sure that no matter what order I load things in a new system will develop as experience is gained on the road.
Even when I thought I had got it sorted I then had to rearrange everything for the flight. There are certain things that I would carry in my camelbak that would not be allowed within hand luggage. I also wanted to carry heavier items onto the plane with me to lessen the weight of the boxed bike and potentially incurring a weight penalty charge.
With just 48 hours left til I head to the airport I have finally decided on what is coming and what is staying.
The bike is being boxed and friends are being visited for the last time til I return. It's the first day of the new year and the sun is shining outside. A good omen considering the amount of rain that has been falling the last few months.
Reading the blogs of other riders and looking at their pictures is giving me an idea of what to expect, but it still feels surreal to think that in a few days I will have gone from 5 degrees to 35 degrees with levels of humidity that I have never encountered before. Instead of coming home to dinner and sitting in front of my computer I shall be finding a new home nearly every day without the comforts that we come to expect. It's both daunting and exciting.


02/01/2013 15:56

Best of luck Andy! Look forward to hearing about your progress!

03/01/2013 10:53

Be safe little bro , missing you already after our night of giggles over a pr of specs ... Hx

Karen and Connie
07/01/2013 09:01

Well pleased you re still in one piece Mr Andy ....still giggling at thought of your near detour up motorway!
good luck and keep pedalling!

08/01/2013 02:43

Have a good trip mate and be safe. Do OS do maps of the Far East?

10/01/2013 16:19

hi andy, hope all is going good, will call you soon.dont forget to try pad thai its arroy mak mak, justin

12/01/2013 04:56

I look forward to seeing you in Beijing. I'm sorry we didn't get to catch up when I came back for Christmas but I hope you have a great time.

12/01/2013 05:35

hope all is well and you are enjoying the experience

Richard Hough
12/01/2013 09:55

Looks fun...Good luck and enjoy.....

Richard Hough
12/01/2013 09:57

...and THANK GOD you are not at home, sitting in front of your computer, sending me the worlds worst jokes anymore

25/01/2013 03:51

hi andy, hows it going. looks like your having a good time. are you near my home town yet but sorry my wife has used all the english tea bags. talk soon.


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