After over a year of planning, I’m thrilled to announce that TWT is now in the final stages before departure! This week I procured a Carnet Du Passages (customs bond) for the bike, and shipped my 2-wheeled counterpart to Sydney, Australia. The gravity and excitement of this venture are starting to set in.
By Monday I will have a plane ticket across the Pacific in hand. After that, I will finalize a few tricky visas, receive a buffet of vaccinations, and be wrapping up the last of my immediate obligations to my family, my business, and an endeavor that will require a good deal of attention upon my return home–my first semester at Concordia University School of Law.
4 months solo on the road will test everything I know. I will have ups and downs, but at the end of the day it will be a great learning experience–the crowning adventure of my 20′s and gateway to my 30′s (I turn 30 a week after I return). I’m also very excited to be covering the Summer Olympics in London on my way back to the United States–icing on the cake.
We are wrapping up some fundraising intended to mitigate the cost of the documentary, and will finalize our sponsorship package over the next 30 days. That said, I would be remiss if I forgot to thank our wonderful existing sponsors. Happy Trails Products, ESS optics, Klim technical riding gear, Avon Tires, Idahostel, Weyer Productions, the Boise Weekly and Superb Sushi have all been instrumental in the assembly of Transworld Tour–I couldn’t ask for better backing. These companies represent the very best in their respective sectors, and I’m proud to have them along for the ride.
Keep an eye out for future posts leading up to my April 25th departure.
For now, I’ll leave you with a song from a fellow I used to surf Bell’s Beach with during my 2004 foreign study in Geelong, Australia. I look forward to getting back: