After months of dormancy, RoadRoving.com is coming back online to chronicle my expedition to the far side of the world.
I’m leaving Boston on January 22nd, 2011 for Sydney, Australia via New York and Los Angeles.
I’ll touch down 30 hours later 2 days into the future at 9:30 AM on the 24th. Since Qantas Airlines is on my frequent flier program, I’m banking on earning at least happy ending massage in the airport lounge for my return trip.
That should give me enough time to locate the bar and loosen up enough to solider through jet lag for a dinner meeting with my local contact.
Readers at home can track my jet lag adjustment process with this easy formula:
If Y is the number of crying babies on the flight, and µ is the fatness of the guy next to me, x being his sweatiness, then
Y + ∆µ(x) = The number of Foster’s cans I will consume before noon (local time).
I enlisted the services of a backpacker’s arrival company to put me up for a week and help me get oriented with logistics, local culture and some work, since petrol won’t pay for itself.
My first week is scheduled with some touristy trips around Sydney, after that the plan is to do some motorcycle shopping and get some routes planned.
I’ve been reading all I can on desert crossing strategies and survival techniques over the last two months, but I won’t be able to lay out any specific trips until I know what kind of vehicle I have at my disposal and gather some local intelligence on the Outback environment.
Four days until takeoff, stay posted…