Prepping for the big one

Growing up in California, I think that meant an earthquake.  No, I’m not stocking up on canned food and water.  Not an earthquake or the apocalypse or whatever the latest end of civilization fad is.  Biking.  Biking around.  What preparations really need to happen to bike around the world?  Getting ready to go can go on and on.  I’m sure there are some people that spend more time planning to bicycle tour than actually touring.

Well, you need a bike.  Really, to bike tour you must have a bicycle.

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What else? The big question everyone has is money.  How much and where does it come from?  My saving technique has been to live frugally in a rich country.  Stay out of debt.  It’s been 20 years since I’ve owned a car.  Can you believe people take out loans for those death machines?

How much money?  Lots is probably good.

DSCN2916 by bryandkeith on flickr

maybe a couple million

DSCN4061 by bryandkeith on flickr

It is daunting to leave a place I’ve lived for 20+ years.  I’m selling everything that doesn’t fit in small boxes and trying to convince friends to hang onto the few larger things — things that I feel like keeping and that don’t fit through the small entrance to my attic.  Bicycles have gone easily on craiglist, and it turns out those are the only things I own that are really worth any money.

And Snežana’s in Belgrade doing the same thing — selling stuff and getting finances in order.  The whole process is a bit surreal.

Finally the most important thing to do is to plan a party!  June 21, my house.  Hope to see you there.  If you can’t make it, then I fully expect to see you in Belgrade in September at the party Snežana is hosting.

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4 Responses to Prepping for the big one

  1. Snežana says:

    I think you forgot to mention the passport: bicycle, a passport and some money.

    P.s. And, yes, thank you for informing me about my party 🙂

  2. Snežana says:

    This is a great truth:
    „some people that spend more time planning to bicycle tour than actually touring.“
    So we plan (almost) nothing 😀

  3. Jacqui says:

    Jacqui and I on the other, have always spent much more time talking about bike touring rather then doing it. Turns out, this it is a lot less effort and practically free, although there is often some alcohol consumption you are paying for while re-hashing your bike touring stories. Over and over.
    Well who knows ? Find us a 2 bikes and a child seat and we will join you in Turkey over Christmas. We will do no preparation whatsoever.

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