41 days and counting…
Did we mention that we picked a “go” date? July 30. I just got off the phone with Amtrak and our tickets are booked! We’ll be taking the Coast Starlight up to Portland, Oregon, where we’ll spend a few days with friends and family before pedaling off. In booking the tickets, we opted for the “roomette” option. Not that there’s anything wrong with coach (we’ve done it several times), we’re just so darn curious about what those private rooms are like, and we love the fact that all your meals are included in the price! It’s a bit of a splurge, but I think it’ll be a great way to kick off the trip.
And, it just so happens that fate intervened recently and delivered a little starter fund for our trip – in the form of a severance check after I was laid off from my job (yesterday was my last day). It’s strange to be one of the masses affected by the recent “economic downturn” – and yet not look at it in the same way as others – and, indeed, be really quite happy with the opportunity it has created. (Back in January, I started to see the writing on the wall that my job was no longer “safe” – and that’s when we started really thinking about getting this trip off the ground.) Now that we’re no longer tethered to anything in Long Beach, it’s time to go!
All of this means that we have about six weeks between now and when we leave. Let the countdown begin!
Laura June 20, 2009 at 8:38 am
Hey Michael – We’re actually still trying to figure out all of that. We may just convince one of our parents to be our fixed address, since we don’t really get much mail that’s worth anything these days (what few bills there are can be set up with an auto-pay). As for health, since I was laid off, I have the option to buy into COBRA for insurance for the next several months – and that’s probably the route we’ll take. When that runs out, we’ll start hunting for some sort of individual plan. Or perhaps there will be Universal Health Care by then?… Obviously there are a lot of little details to nail down yet, but I fortunately have nothing else to work on now. 🙂
Jack June 20, 2009 at 7:54 am
Sounds like a great way to turn lemons into lemonade! Raquel and I hope to do a portion of the PC Highway next summer, so we are looking following your trip.
Cyclin Missy June 22, 2009 at 12:14 pm
How exciting! It’s just around the bend!
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I’m jealous of you two and your great adventure.
Curious as to how you’re dealing with things like heath insurance and not having a fixed address for an extended period.