Preparation…

June 29th 2015

So it turns out that finishing our jobs, moving out of our apartment and setting off travelling for 18 months all on the same day is looking like it might be quite stressful! A lot of excellent touring cycling blogs have posts showing the preparation stage of the tour with neatly labelled and stacked gear ready well in advance of departure date. This cycling blog isn’t quite there yet. I’ll post some pictures anyway…

Sleeping bags and mats. still regularly in use!

We’re doing our best to be efficient and get things in order, but we’ve acquired a lot of stuff in our 5 years here, and selling it or getting rid of it takes time!

Ditto the tent and tarp

At the same time, we’re trying to collect together all the gear we’ll be taking with us. We’re lucky to have two spare rooms so one of them is for stuff we’re getting rid of, and the other is for cycling and travelling stuff. Apologies therefore to the Warm Showers members whose requests to stay with us have had to be regretfully declined. Our place is just too much of a mess and we have very little empty floor space left!

Brand new Schwalbe Marathons. Ready to….. roll (sorry)

We are also trying to make the most of our last month in Hokkaido, which of course involves hiking, camping and cycling with a lot of the same gear we’ll be taking with us. That’s making it extra hard to keep things organised!

Sweet new Topeak multi tool

We just got a nice box of cycling stuff from Wiggle delivered too. Really an excellent service, free delivery from the UK within a few days of ordering.

It’s here! Shipped for free from the UK within a few days

The imminent deadline of August 1st for us to move out and leave does at least give us the kick up the backside we need to get organised. We have to be ready, because we don’t have any choice!

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