My check list

So far…


Mid layer
2x base layers
Boxers (Ad infinitum)
Thermal leggins
Thermal gloves
Thin gloves
Waterproof socks
Cycle boots
Thermal terrorist balaclava
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket
Waterproof trousers
Casual trousers


Microfibre Towel
Sleeping bag liner
Down Sleeping bag
1st aid kit
3x months of Malaria tablets
Painkillers, immodium, hydration salts
Wireless cycle computer
10L backup water bag
5x water bottles
Sleeping mat
Water purification tablets
Cable lock
Brake cable for alarm




Multifuel stove
Fuel bottle
Food Tupperware


Multi Alienware bike tool
Leatherman Multitool general
Nbt2 cassette tool
Rag, tooth brush
Brake pads
Dog dazer
Head torch
Cycle light
Sewing kit
Cable ties
Gaffer tape
Puncture repair kit
Spare tube


iPad + case
Camera, filters, sd cards, shutter release, wipes
Multi port USB charger+all cables
MP3 player
Telephone + charger
A “book”


Passport photos
Fake wallet


All going on two bikes with
X4 ortlieb panniers each. 2 front, 2 rear
A bar bag each
3x bottle cages each
A rack each
A frame bag
A dry bag

Three weeks to go…

It feels surreal to think that in three weeks time we’ll be having our leaving party, packing up our things and heading out the door to pedal towards the ferry. You’d think that after two years of planning we’d feel completely prepared by now but as the day looms ever closer we keep remembering more and more things we need to do! I keep waking up in the night and adding notes to my ever growing list.

This weekend we plan to have bought absolutely everything we need so we can relax and focus on the much more enjoyable task (in my opinion) of detailed route planning (in between teaching ourselves to become bike mechanics- a task which Joe has taken to much more readily than myself).

Now that it’s imminent, we’re finding more and more unexpected support and interest from people wherever we go. It’s certainly a conversation starter. We’ve even been lucky enough to receive encouragement from Dazer, a company who specialise in ultrasonic devices. They have kindly sent us one of their Dog Dazers free of charge to protect us from nasty wild dogs who might be interested in having us for dinner. We’ve been trying it out on each other and it really does work!:

WaterAid have been in touch to find out more about the trip and offer their support with fundraising, which I thought was a nice touch from such a big charity.

One of the main things we’re focussing on now though is the enjoyable task of spending time with all of the people who we might not see for a long time (although we’re managing to convince more and more people to come and visit us along the way) and planning a big leaving party so we can say a proper goodbye.

Now it’s time to stop procrastinating and get a few more things ticked off my list!