The grand plan

Nancy suggested on Facebook that we need a map so that interested readers can know where we are planning to go.

I’ve been building a map with our overnight destinations (and intended driving routes as I worked out distances) in Google Maps. I haven’t managed to get it to retain all the planned routes but I expect we will deviate a bit most days in any case so those interested in exactly how we get from one place to another will need to follow along as and when we get around to sharing that along the way.

In the meantime the map below shows our planned overnight destinations – to city level but not necessarily more detailed than that. In some cases we will be staying more than one night.


This time next week …

This time next week we will be somewhere over the Pacific on our way to the USA. Though we are looking forward to that we both have plenty to do before we can be on our way.

Today I managed to complete an examination report for a thesis I’ve been marking for a Malaysian university. Alongside that I signed up for a Flickr Pro account where I expect to upload photos as we travel. I took advantage of the extended capacity by uploading several hundred photographs from our trips to Europe in 2006, 2008 and 2009 with our grandchildren, Emily, Joel, and Sam as well as photographs from previous trips to New Zealand and Malaysia. 

I also tracked down the old iWeb version where I had the blogs for our European trips, exported those and uploaded them to my own site. Those blogs had been on MobileMe until it was shuttered a couple of months ago. The transfer is not entirely perfect – some galleries of photos depended on MobilieMe – but the content is working and the photographs from the galleries are now on Flickr.

Time now to tie up some more loose ends with planning for travel, finish off some local tasks, and get to the packing 🙂

A week to departure and counting

It’s just a few hours more than a week before we set off on our trip to the USA. I’m still dealing with a few work-related matters that need to be cleared away before we go. I’m also working on travel preparations including getting this blog up and running in the hope that we can use it to document our travels as we go.

Flights were booked long ago when Qantas ran a ‘special’ earlier in the year. Our outbound route on Saturday, September 1 is Brisbane–Sydney–Dallas-Fort Worth–Dulles. Inbound, leaving USA on Sunday, October 7 is Dulles–Dallas-Fort Worth–Brisbane, arriving early in the morning.

First night is at the airport in Dulles. We arrive late and will not want to go further. Our rental car is booked for collection on the morning of Sunday, September 2. Accommodation is arranged in Elizabeth City, NC; Wilmington, NC; Savannah, GA; Asheville, NC; Johnson City, TN; Morehead, KY; Lafayette, IN; Millersburg, OH; Vanderbilt, PA; Indiana, PA; Niagara Falls, ON; Kingston, ON; Montreal, QC; Quebec City, QC; Colchester, VT; Old Orchard Beach, ME; Boston, MA; Provincetown, MA; Windsor Locks, CT; New York, NY; Atlantic City, NJ; Intercourse, PA; and Washington, DC. That’s about 7200 km in a month. Lots of driving, lots to see and do.

There are still some loose ends to be tied, packing to be done, and last minute preparations at home to be made. It’s set to be a busy week.

Early Spring flowers

I took some time this afternoon to get my camera out and check a few things including how I can embed an image here from Flickr. I’m not sure that I’ll work that way but it’s handy to have that option along with others.

I bought and downloaded a USA and Canada map for our TomTom GPS a couple of weeks ago and have been using the links in bookings from to save the GPS coordinates to the SD card with the map. I hope that means that we can be confident about finding our bed each night. Some of the other navigation is likely to be as it happens and we come across places we find interesting.

Enough for now. There is planning and packing to be done. The blog is up and running and should post notifications to Facebook and Twitter.