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Old 04-16-05, 09:30 PM   #1
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The clock is ticking

Okay the clock is slowly ticking away, and days are slipping past, the weather is getting better, and I am closer and closer to getting on the bike and taking off. So my question is, what did you do with all your stuff? The bills you have, or are going to have (I think of the cell phone and how the hell I'll pay for it while I'm on the road, unless Sprint is willing to sponsor the trip).
Everything I have is like someone else's junk. Stuff I collected in the alley, or a garage/yard sale. I am contemplating dumping a lot of it, but thought I'd at least try to make some ching off my junk. I have two retirement eggs that I'm not fully vested in to cash, a van I can sell, and then I'm vapor. I've talked to the landlord, and he's willing to take on the cat, and okay with my decision to leave at the end of May as that is the end of my lease. It's all coming together, even the job is weak, and if I time it right I'll be on the road before the fed realises it and gets its claws on my paycheck for garnishment.
So I'm busy with training for the ride, shaking out the bugs on the bike, the tent, the stove, the panniers, packing the bike, and getting practice miles with loaded panniers. I need to do more miles, lots more miles, but I'm working on it.
I get out on the bike and think about what you do with your stuff, and living in a tent, and the barest I can get by with on the bike, and cash in my pocket. I have my maps and and idea of where, but still sort of hesitate to jump. I may need a push. I better not say that cause I'll get one, and I hate when that happens.
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Old 04-17-05, 02:14 PM   #2
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The bills you have, or are going to have (I think of the cell phone and how the hell I'll pay for it while I'm on the road, unless Sprint is willing to sponsor the trip).
To answer one of your questions there are two options for bill paying: 1) Set them up to automatically deduct from your account. For any major company this can be done w/o worry. If you are very paranoid regardless, there is option 2) which is to pay them online via a public terminal of some sort (library, E-Cafe, etc) Another option for the cell phone, especially if its just for emergencies, is to get a prepaid one. You need to own the phone, but who doesn't own one (or two, or more) these days? You pay for x number of minutes up front and it is taken care of, no bills.
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naisme, the lead-up to departure is hectic to say the least, especially when there are bills to estimate and budget for. Even establishing a simple forwarding address takes time. Have you someone who will accept your mail, and forward it on to you at a nominated location by General Delivery?

Anyway, once you poke that front wheel on to the roadway and start pedalling, that surging feeling in your stomach will all of a sudden settle down, and all those worries will dissolve and you start to think about what's to come -- like finding that night's accommodation!!

It's an adventure. A time to experience. Get going. And good luck!
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