Wednesday, September 29, 2004


Well, this it. We leave tomorrow. Months of planning, discussion, and energy are about to come to fruition. Emotions run the gamut. Excitement predominates; anticipation looms large. Trepidation is hanging out in the back corner of the mind, but it’s going to stay there, taking a backseat to joy, expectancy, and the exploration vibe. This is going to be good.

We will try to keep the blog interesting. It shouldn’t be hard given the places we are going. Please keep in touch via e-mail, comment on the blog posts, and feel free to share it with your friends. This blog is fun for us too, as it allows us keep in touch with friends and family, and to meet new people. Tell us what you think, give us ideas, or send us on a mission. We want to hear from you.

Due to the duration of our travels, we have only purchased plane tickets for the first half of the trip. The second half is planned, but not purchased to allow additional flexibility. While it is certain to change, here is the current itinerary:

September 30: Fly Seattle to Hong Kong (via Vancouver).
Overland travel through Southeastern China and Macau, and back to Hong Kong. Approximate time: 12 days.

October 11: Fly Hong Kong to Kathmandu, Nepal (via Bangkok).
Trek through the Khumbu Region of the Himalayas.
Approximate time: 3 weeks.

November 3: Fly Kathmandu to Delhi, India.
Overland Travel through Rajasthan and Uttaranchal, and back to Delhi.
Approximate time: 4 weeks.

December 2: Fly Delhi to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Overland travel throughout Sri Lanka.
Approximate time: 12 days.

December 14: Fly Colombo to Phnom Penh, Cambodia (via Bangkok).
Overland travel from Phnom Penh northwest to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap.
Approximate time: 2 weeks.

December 28: Fly Siem Reap, Cambodia, to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Overland travel from Ho Chi Minh City north to Hanoi.
Approximate time: 3 weeks.

January 18: Fly Hanoi, Vietnam, to Vientiane, Laos.
Overland travel throughout Laos.
Approximate time: 1-2 weeks.

This is the end of the purchased-airline-ticket-portion of our journey. Currently, the itinerary continues as follows:

1. Overland travel from Vientiane south through Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Approximate time: 8 weeks.

2. Fly from Singapore to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, and travel overland west through Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo).
Approximate time: 2 weeks.

3. Fly from Brunei to Darwin, Australia, and travel both overland and by air throughout Australia, including Cairnes, Brisbane, Alice Springs, Sydney, and Melbourne.
Approximate time: 3-4 weeks.

4. Fly from Melbourne to Hobart, Tasmania, and travel overland throughout Tasmania.
Approximate time: 1 week.

5. Fly from Hobart to Queenstown, New Zealand (via Melbourne), and then travel overland north throughout New Zealand to Auckland.
Approximate time: 6 weeks.

6. Fly from Auckland to Raratonga, Cook Islands, and commence lounging.
Approximate time: 1 week.

7. Fly from Raratonga to Seattle (via Los Angeles).

Stay tuned, and please stay in touch!

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