I’m in Good Hands

I got my insurance taken care of.

I purchased a health/evacuation policy with World Nomads and a policy to cover my gear with Safeware. The cost really wasn’t too bad for either policy.

I got the receipts for my laptop and camera scanned so I can access them on the road if needed should I have to file a claim.

I think I’ve almost got all my loose ends tied up. Few more days and I’m on the road.

Boy, Are My Arms Tired

I got FIVE shots today.

  • Yellow Fever
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Meningococcal Meningitis

I passed on rabies and polio, so there is a chance I will spend the rest of my life in an iron lung or foam at the mouth. Oh well.

Everyone at the travel clinic was sort of aghast at my travel plans. On the form I had to fill out, under “itinerary” I put “everywhere”. Most people come in because they have a very specific trip they have to take. The lady to took my payment thought was I was doing was “highly risky”. She was also probably in her mid 60s.

Most of the information they gave me was straight off of the CDC website. In fact, they gave me a bunch of printouts.

I have to schedule two more shots for hepatitis. One no sooner than 30 days and another no sooner than six months. I’ll try to get the second one in Honolulu and the other in Australia or something.

Strangely enough, the shots didn’t really hurt. I think I have a high threshold for pain and a low one for discomfort.

Against Yellow Fever I Shall Be INVINCIBLE

I drove down to REI in Milwaukee and got most of the clothes I need.

  • 3 Pair of ExOfficio Boxer Briefs
  • 2 Quick drying t-shirts
  • A combo duffle bag/backpack
  • Quick drying bath towel
  • 2 quick drying (notice a trend here) shirts, buttoned
  • Lightweight rain coat
  • Lightweight, insect repellent hat
  • Socks
  • Dry sack for my laptop

I still have to purchase some shoes and sandals as well as a few other odds and ends. I also got a nice, lightweight tripod that should work with both my SLR and video camera. (3.5 lbs)

In an hour or so I have to go and and get my shots for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A-Z, AIDS, the common cold, hitting your funny bone, and cancer.

Tomorrow I hope to have my insurance taken care of for the trip.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Today I’m off to Madison to go shopping at REI. The local sporting goods stores really specialize in stuff like hunting and fishing, not backpacking and travel. I’ve found all the stuff I’m looking for at REI in the Twin Cities and now the closest store is in Madison….so off to Madison I go.

My goals today are as follows:

  • Backpack. I really need to get this ASAP so I can start packing. I’m looking mostly at the Osprey line of travel backpacks.
  • Underwear. In particular the ExOfficio boxer briefs. They are expensive as underwear go, but they are designed for travel.
  • Shirts. Probably ExOfficio shits as well. Quick drying and anti-bacterial so they wont stink.
  • Socks. I really don’t know what I’m going to do. My feet can really stink after a day of heavy activity.
  • Sandals. My Tevas served me well for about a decade. Its time to move on.
  • Sleeping sack. Really just a silk cover to protect me from bedbugs and other nasties in hostels.
  • Pack Towel. Something big that dries quickly.

This should give me a good chunk of what I need for gear. I should have a update with photos later tonight.

On Wisconsin

Everything I have is now stored, stashed or stowed. I’m with my parents for the next two weeks in Wisconsin.

I now have a little under two weeks to get my insurance, shots, gear and banking finalized.

On March 29th I’ll be in Vegas. From there it’s on to LA and Hawaii. From there……THE WORLD!!! MAWHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

I’m totally loving my MacBook Pro. I watched a DVD on it the other night and the audio and video quality was more than I expected for a laptop. I also got my parents a wireless router so I can use my laptop from anywhere in the house.

Last call

This is my last night in Minnesota. Tomorrow I’ll be leaving for Wisconsin and continue getting ready. I’ve realized that I’ve almost spent half of my life in Minnesota. Weird.

Once I leave, I’ll need to work on getting shots (Yellow Fever), travel insurance, clothes, a good bag and lots of odds and ends. I hope to have most of it taken care of in around two weeks. I’ll also need to make sure I have my banking taken care of so the bank knows that overseas transactions aren’t theft and they don’t cancel my card.

Then I’m off to Vegas then LA, then Hawaii.

The circle is complete

I’m writing this on my new MacBook Pro. So far, its awesome.

My first computer was a Apple IIc I purchased back in 1985. It served me well through high school and college. After I graduated I purchased a Mac LC.

I think it was around 1994 when I got my first windows machine. It was a 486 from Midwest Micro running Windows 3.11. I’ve been running Windows ever since.

The original reason for buying a Windows machine was because if you wanted to program and make money doing it, you pretty much had to program for Windows/DOS. Around the late 90’s, the number of apps I was using that was exclusive to Windows was so great that there was no way I could get a Mac.

At some point, software stopped mattering. Most things I need now are all online. Firefox is available for everything. I use Gmail for my email and Google Reader for my RSS. Most of my time is spent at websites. The only game I play is World of Warcraft, which is available on Mac. Photo/video editing is as good, if not much better, on Mac than Windows.

Add the ability to run Windows on the new Intel based Macs and there really isn’t a reason not to get a Mac, other than price.

I guess I’ve come full circle and I don’t think I’m the only one. I’ll be providing more updates as I spend more time with it.


I’m living in a hotel for a few days a few blocks from my old house.

Today I’ll be taking care of stuff with the state and county (aka, tickets and water bill) as well as some other stuff I have to do before I leave.

I’ll also be buying my laptop as well as my DSLR tonight. I might get my pack today too. That is really a function of how much I can get into my car as I still have a bunch of boxes.