With only two weeks before departure, we have taken the next (really) big step: Storing everything we want to keep, but cannot take on our trip. Our plan is to store all of these items at Jason’s parents’ house in Maryland, mostly inside our subcompact car, parked inside the garage.
I was worried that we wouldn’t have room for everything. It turns out that when we boiled our belongings down to the bare essentials, minus outdoor gear and touring bikes, there is room to spare. I also suspect that when we get back in a year plus we will wonder why we thought all this stuff was worth keeping!
We kept our kitchen supplies and a few appliances, our down comforters, formal clothing like suits, lots of board games, some large speakers Jason built, my folding bicycle, musical instruments (guitar, oboe), memory boxes with old cards, letters, photos, and bicycle accessories for carrying cargo. The car insurance is cancelled as of today, and we put gas stabilizer in the tank for storage.
It’s really happening! Right now we are in Maryland, and when we return to State College we will sort what is left at the apartment into free, $1, $5, $10 piles, and have folks come take it away. Next weekend we will take another two-night cycling trip to prep our legs. Then we will depart State College in … two more weeks! Two more weeks!
Also – we finally got our business cards designed! 250 of them are expected to arrive next week, to be handed out along the way. Take a peek: