Friday, June 12, 2015

The flying stuff (from Jack)

I have been planning this trip in one form or another for more than ten years. For the last few months I have spent hundreds of hours on all the details of the flying. We depart on Monday and I am sure the old military saying "no plan survives contact with the enemy" will prevail.  Weather and maintenance uncertainties are most likely to change the carefully laid plan.

But, regardless of how closely we adhere to "the plan," it will be a grand adventure.

From time-to-time I will post more technical aviation information for our pilot friends. Non-pilot friends can just skip that stuff as it is boring unless you engage in this business of aviating.

We launch from Austin around 6:30a on Monday (June 15) for St. Johns, New Newfoundland, Canada with a stop in Portland, Maine along the way. Almost 2,600 statue miles, so a long day. But, it is familiar territory, so it seems easy.


What to pack?

I think it was travel guru Rick Steves who suggested three of everything - one on your body, one that's clean in your bag, and one that's dirty. So, I've got three pairs of pants, three long sleeve shirts, three short sleeve shirts, one scarf, a skirt, swimsuit, coverup/robe, Tevas, walking shoes, socks/underwear and outerwear (jackets). Total weight including toiletries and binoculars... 17 pounds! Plus my day pack with electronics. So, I'm under Jack's 20 pound limit. I guess that means I've got room to buy some treasures along the way.

The big orange bag, well that's my very own Gumby style immersion suit. It weighs 9 pounds and thankfully does not count toward my weight limit.

For a Month of Travel Around the World

My Gumby Suit

18 pounds!