Griffith by-election And so my trip begins

Less than a day to go!

February 10th, 2014 at 09:29am

At this time tomorrow I should be at Sydney Airport, having flown from Canberra, and be awaiting the boarding call for my flight to Los Angeles.

There is quite a bit to do today. Not much of it has to do with preparing for the trip itself as that is mostly taken care of (apart from packing…I still have to pack as I’m not keen on packing well in advance. I know what I want to pack; I just haven’t packed it yet), but instead has to do with ensuring that all of the arrangements for my absence are taken care of…again that is mostly sorted, but I have a few things to do which could not be done until today, so that should keep me busy.

I also have a few blog posts planned for today regarding the preparations for my trip, and an update to the weather forecasts for the trip.

I will also have to spend a decent amount of time playing with Pebbles today. She seems to know that I’m leaving soon and has even taken up sleeping in my room’s doorway, which she has never done before but something which Nattie used to always do when she was still around.

For tomorrow, while I’m in-transit, I was hoping to embed a little map on this page tracking the progress of my flights…alas that is easier said than done. I should be able to provide links to tracking maps though, in case anyone is interested (it’s funny to think that people in Australia could have more knowledge of my exact location than me while I’m in the air). As I won’t be able to embed a tracking map, I will instead try to find time today or tonight to put together a blog post which I have been planning on writing for quite some time, and which should provide you with some interesting information while I’m flying. Time shouldn’t be an issue as I couldn’t sleep much last night and I doubt I’ll be able to sleep at all tonight, so I’ll need something to keep me busy…but we’ll see how I go. I won’t elaborate on what that blog post might be at this point in time as I don’t want to do what I so often manage to do on this blog (and which brings me much guilt): over-promise and under-deliver.

Right now I must go to the post office, so stay tuned for further updates throughout the day.


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  • 1. nbrettoner  |  February 10th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Take it easy Samuel,
    Cut back on the blogging etc so as to give yourself space to sleep etc. Sleeping in your own bed is more comfortable (and achievable) than trying to sleep in an airport or aircraft seat, ok?.
    When I came back from Canada August 1999, I worked out that basically I’d had no sleep for 40 hours. Yes I did doze off momentarily a few times (maybe six; for say 2 or 3 minutes max) , but not actually sleep. I too had been excited after an incredible time there, & couldn’t sleep the night before I left. My flight was later that night. And the night before that I’d probably slept less than four hours.
    Really looking forward to following your progress. Did you put together a Google Earth file/folder on where/when/what etc?.

    Have an awesome sojourn, soaking up as much as you can of the places cultures communities, meeting & making friends along the way. And post us keeped (“Postus Keep-Edd”, that famous Prussian Szar) as & when you can. But not at the detriment of the soaking!!. 🙂

    All the very best, safe travels & may the great carpet roll out before you; with no wrinkles. 🙂

  • 2. Samuel  |  February 10th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Noel.

    Alas there won’t be much sleep between now and the flights. My bed is definitely more comfortable than a plane seat, but I’m just too excited. If I can get a nap between now and departure I’ll be happy, and if I can get an hour or so of sleep on the plane, then I’ll be even happier.

    I’ll certainly keep you posted (which reminds me that Maritz has sent me a note about the Winter Olympics which she would like me to post for her…if I can wrap my head around it then it will get a run) on my travels, but alas I don’t have a Google Earth or similar file for you


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