It's difficult to know what lies ahead, I've planned for what I think is out there but who really knows what's in store? I'm not an experienced traveller and despite my years, not overly wise of the World. I have tapped into as many sources of information as I can, some are inapplicable, others sheer fantasy and some helpful. Helpful not just because they offer solutions but because they offer encouragement. There are many that pour cold water on such dreams, and there are those that have done similar and promote the benefits both individual and global. I prefer to think I'm more receptive of the latter, but can't help noticing the doubters.
In years my work colleagues describe me as past it, my back suffers terribly, I have type one diabetes and on top of all that I have a poor memory. In the opinions of some this puts me in the high risk category. Does that mean I shouldn't do this? I don't think so. I realise that I may be unnerving a minority group, those who care for me, but please accommodate my vagary. I'll be safe and sound in the UK before you know it.
Everyone should have a goal, however small, and most people I know do. My current goal is obvious and I plan on succeeding. I want to meet all those people in the UK who send me tweets of encouragement, and I want to be able to tell them about all the places of interest on my places of interest map, meaning I plan to stay close to my planned route. I believe that without the support and encouragement of others I would not have complete confidence in what I'm doing.
Andy has threatened to meet up with me somewhere along the way, perhaps Italy, and if this happens it would truly be one of the highlights of the trip. Many years ago we used to scratch around the lanes of Derbyshire having what seemed to be the time of our lives. Time has moved on quite considerably and to capture some of that old magic on the tarmac of Southern Italy would be fantastic. And yes mate, I will get an SOS Talisman!
Anyway I digress. Three months to go, I'm not filled with confidence but i can't wait to push off! There's a few things that need to be sorted out as I get closer to the date, book the ship for Timor Leste, get my international driving permit, get my Carnet and Indonesian visa and that's it... if I didn't think of it before hand I'll just have to sort it out on the road.
Scared? When I lay in bed at night, cosy and warm, I'm absolutely filled with dread. When I'm up and about in the 'warm' light of day, I simply can't wait to get out there.