Planning…

Another week or so has passed by and what have we been up to???

We have completed a variety of bike rides testing out our e-bikes, we’ve seen more of red old-style telephone boxes, in various disguises, one was a book store / library and another housed a defibrillator and one was still a phone box. The trip to Amberley Museum has raised an interest again, in the telephone boxes of our youth. These were our equivalent of mobile phones when we were growing up!

We managed to cycle to and up Box Hill, Dorking https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/box-hill – its part of the Prudential Ride London cycle rides. We did overtake a couple of cyclists riding on road bikes and I felt obliged to apologise, but still its better than sitting and waiting for our adventure at home – it was great fun too, just realised we slightly over pushed ourselves – too soon! 34 miles in total!

We went to Hever Castle – the childhood home of Anne Boleyn ( second wife of Henry VIII) https://www.hevercastle.co.uk/ . Lots to see and do and the rain stayed off until we left 🙂

We heard from Rachel at Erwin Hymer, who has let us know the MoHo will be ready in about 2 – 3 weeks, so time to plan.

Where are we going to go? How are we going to collect the MoHo? Will we sell the car in time? What do we need to take? Are we going to start our adventure straight away or come home and load up say our good-byes and then go on the adventure? When is the best time for us to cross the channel? Where will we go? How long should we plan to spend in each country – or do we just let the country and place dictate to us? What do we need to take?

It is looking more likely that we are going to pick up the MoHo and have a slow saunter back to pick up our equipment, clothes, food etc. The dog needs to have a groom before we set off – he’s all booked in (about the only thing we’ve managed to plan for, hopefully not booked for Pick Up Day or we’ll need to reschedule!

We’ve been asking our friends who are already travelling for help and advice. Thank you Trucking and Looking, Rewind the Gap and Wandering Bird for your answers to my sometimes silly questions.

Still more things to sort out and see and do – so I’ll leave it here. As always, thank you for reading, we’ll be back with more news soon.

Waiting…

As I write, we are currently waiting for the date to be able to begin our adventure. Neither of us is very good at waiting! We know the MoHo is in the country – its currently waiting for the registration to be completed and the extras added. I think that’s making the waiting harder. We hadn’t posted anything as we felt there was nothing to tell you but as we sit and wait we realise there is. So what have we been up to?

We have both finished work and are looking forward to our life on the road. We’re following the blogs of our friends out on the road and reading with envy the new posts from the newbies Life Beyond Bricks https://www.facebook.com/LifeBeyondBricks/ who have set off in their new Dethleffs motorhome with their cats.

We’ve been on cycle rides – getting used to the new electric bikes we bought (not so much of a lazy solution, think gym bike with scenery and destinations). We’ve realised what equipment will make life easier. And dealt with the puncture I got on the Worth Way.

We went on a boat trip. It was a lovely day spent with family out in Chichester Harbour, having lunch on the Pontoon at Emsworth.

We’ve created Sunday Funday – I vowed once we weren’t working there would be no more rushing on Sundays to complete the week’s chores, cleaning, washing, ironing etc and we would go out an do stuff, slight lapse on week two, but expected due to a wedding the night before! So far, we’ve visited Amberley Museum and Petworth House – both on our doorstep and never been visited.

We have cleared out more clutter – how much can you hoard, just in case? We thought we’d done loads before downsizing, but we found more – a bag for the charity shop, a bag of rubbish and a box for the loft! Stupidly, this also included an OS Map we could have used on a bike ride (oops) – so we’ll have to unpack and find it!

We’ve put stuff into boxes awaiting the off. Trying to keep the weight limited and clutter to a minimum. I’m certain in a few months time we’ll be writing and telling you how much we have got rid of again! We’ve read the equipment lists of others who have gone before – thank you Vanda and Andy – https://truckingandlooking.blogspot.com/p/what-we-packed.html and realised what might be useful – I remembered reading years ago when we first started dreaming that a potato masher was a must – so we have that packed ( there are times when mashed potato is a must and we’ve managed it in various places across the UK and Europe) with limited space and resources – from tents to the campervan!

We’ve loosely planned routes and itineraries.

We’ve sorted bank accounts and insurances. Had the dog looked at by the vet, organised his boosters.

Tomorrow is another Sunday Funday so let’s see what we do or where we go… while we wait!