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August 01, 2003

Here we Go!

Well kids, this is how it begins...It's been a beautiful trip so far and I haven't even left yet...

For about ten or twelve years I 've had this yearning for an adventure. A journey that would test me as a human being and educate me in the same realm. In most everything I've done so far, this feeling has been by my side pushing me forward and through. Now it's time to make it a reality.
It's been about a year or so of planning, and putting affairs in order and just getting out of the "mainstream" american work work work deal. It took a good nine months just to get everything in my life working towards the goal of a long term travel adventure, and another four or so of working, studying, and just plain hanging in there. All of that time, sitting in my increasingly barren apartment, the idea of taking off was just that; a faint ghost of a thing in the back of my mind. It's so easy to forget, my friends, the freedom and the joy of just going. Just putting it away and going. My energy level is peaked and my heart is bursting with happiness this morning, just knowing that the first step is taken, and I'm on my way.
For the next few months, I'll be running around the United States, visiting family and tying up all the ends that need tying. I would like to share with whomever decides to read this, this time of preparation and anticipation. If you're out there and reading, please send comments and ideas and thoughts. We are all here for an adventure, and I don't know about you, but I think that adventures can be scary as well as wonderful, so I know I'll be hoping for a bit of inspiration from other travelers, as well as anyone who cares.
Today is August fifth, counting down two months and eight days till the take off overseas: November thirteenth.
So, I left my last stationary home in Arcata CA yesterday, found a last minute ride to portland, and, thanks to the kind people at the IYH, an excellent gentleman named Tyrone, an unnamed woman reading John Grisham, and our friend Sean I found myself in NE Portland OR staring at the Boots Bus. Here I was, just yesterday a timid data entry worker, now a determined and resourceful traveler (I'll take seconds on the delusions of grandeur, thanks), and in the embrace of the world. Shortly after I recovered from the slight shock of actually looking at the BootsBus etc. I was half in the bag and sharing stories on Sean's porch. Nothing ends a day like a few pints of bitter and good conversation....
I must sing my praises for Sean. The level of hospitality I received here at the Boots house is inspirational, and humbling. To see a person who loves travel so much that their whole body lifts and lightens at the mention of the word is a gift I'm very thankful for. Thanks Sean, and thanks to all the Boots crew who unwittingly helped and supported. Oooh yeah, and while I'm at it, thanks to Cari for the ride and the lunch and good talks!
So, one hour and counting and I'm off to my next stop: Rochester MN, to see my sister get married. Oh lord get the kegs ready cause here I come!!

Posted by Colin on August 1, 2003 05:09 PM
Category: Travel Preparations

Very cool Colin. Off you go and it is my pleasure to be of some help.

Peace and we'll be following your adventures.

Posted by: Sean on August 5, 2003 09:18 AM

Hey Grey,

So happy for you that the day has finally came. Glad to hear about Sean's hospitality, I hope to take advantage of it someday.

Happy trails, partner. Keep us posted on your progress & we want pics. Did you bring your digital camera? Hope so.

Posted by: socalgirl on August 5, 2003 09:55 AM

Ooh so exciting!! Have an amazing time GC. Im so jealous that your work time is done. I am at the beginning of month 2 out of 8. Just draaagggs on sometimes.

Best of everything to ya :)


Posted by: Dewbie on August 5, 2003 08:27 PM

Rock on Greycat!!!!

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Posted by: Claudia on August 6, 2003 08:35 AM

I really enjoy your posts GC, and I'm looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip.I'll be tuned in...

Posted by: Td0t on August 8, 2003 04:46 PM

Hey GreyCat...first time visiting your blog and I really like it. Where in NC were you born btw?

Posted by: Jen102 on August 20, 2003 12:20 PM

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