Saturday, February 16, 2013

Maps in transit

After an early night I woke up early to start getting my shit together. First on the list is buying the maps for this trip. I have had my eye on them for the past 9 months but this morning was when I pulled the trigger. Total cost for the entire Transamerican route was $138 including priority mail. Should have them delivered by this time next week.

Also whilst being on the adventure cycling association they have a pretty nice video created by one of their partners. Some very good tips in here and delivered in a quirky way.

As soon as the maps arrive I will start making an inventory of the remaining gear that I need to get (pocket knife, handlebar bag, compass etc) and to make sure all flights are booked in and out of the US.

Provisional start date is now May 13. Just over 2 months to go!

For some extra inspiration on these cold winter nights I have found that someone uploaded the whole BBC series of "the man who cycled the world" on YouTube following Mark Beaumont as he cycled from Paris around the world back to Paris in 194 days 17 hours. (He is only a year younger than me but did this when he was 25)

Friday, February 1, 2013

The end game (ship or sell?)

I havent started yet, Im still 3 monts away but I did tell my boss that I am quitting and will be moving to Australia. Its really time to start putting my money where my mouth is. So, whilst avoiding strenuous training (note the lack of posts about riding lately) my mind has turned to the myriad other parts of the trip. Today I have mostly been thinking: what am I going to do when I hit my destination?

Once I finish out on the west coast I will choose either to jettison my gear, chiefly the Trek, or decide to ship it over to Melbourne. Whilst shipping will be expensive, I think its going to be more cost efficient than selling the bike in a fire sale and then buying a new one in Oz. The question is, how to send it...

Seems to be a toss up between FedEx/UPS and dedicated bicycle shipping services. A root around the internets has found a few good starting points that I will investigate further on the road:

Shipbikes also can sell decent bike boxes. I have to weigh up how much packaging (and insurance) will be needed to send the bike without incurring risk of damage. Dont want any dents in the frame (or worse).

In fact these articles have helped provide some good background on previous peoples attempts at shipping (pic from this page below)

I think for now this is about as much as I will look into it. As long as the cost is something around $500 this will be the way that I will go. Selling the bike on craigslist at the end of the journey for next to nothing would not be the nicest way to end the trip!