So here we are in 2013, and it's going to be a big one. For a few reasons, but mainly this:
The T-shirt was a Christmas present from my sister Helen and brother-in-law Andy. This is what is on the front (it reads "I do my own stunts"):
Although my departure is only a couple of weeks closer than it was before Christmas, it feels a lot closer now it's no longer 'next year'. My list of things I need to do seems to be getting longer rather than shorter.
I've not been entirely idle while we've been away visiting family over Christmas, ticking off a few useful bits of preparation. I took advantage of being at my parents' to fire up the big lathe and make some mounting bushes which will form the basis of a new luggage rack setup for the Tenere.
I also put a few lazy (and too-rainy-to-venture-outside) afternoons at the in-laws to good use by finishing off entering the TAT waypoints into Google Earth.
The green line isn't, in fact, a line. It's a very large number of individual pins, corresponding to every turn instruction in the TAT rollcharts. By the time I leave, these will be transferred onto my GPS unit.
I've also arranged to acquire another bike, which will play a crucial role in making the trip happen, even though I will be taking the Tenere to the US. More on that next weekend when I pick it up.
Happy New Year to all!