I've spent the last few months occasionally working and the rest of the time, not really doing anything. I paid off one bank account overdraft much to my delight, while the other one is slowly getting eaten away by new, high overdraft charges each month. I've resigned to the fact I'm going to have to get one of those little job-things for the summer, so I can save up enough to go away again. However, summer isn't here yet and my overdraft isn't quite at its limit. So before I could convince myself this was a terrible idea, I quickly booked some cheap flights, buses & trains for my next adventure...well two actually.
On the 16th of March I will be flying out to Tbilisi, Georgia. I got the cheapest flight, which means I will have an 18 hour wait in the airport for my connection and will arrive two days later, on the 18th. No bicycle this time, just me and a large backpack. With little room to carry my gear, I will be taking an old small tent I found in the garage and an equally old little sleeping bag. I tested them both out the other night in the garden - I made it to 5am before I had to come inside because I was too cold, I didn't get a minutes sleep and Georgia is much colder...I plan to wear a hat.
When I land in the capital, Tbilisi, I will then have three weeks to slowly walk to its neighbouring country - Armenia. No plan, maybe I will follow a river that goes in the rough direction, maybe follow a road, maybe just walk through the mountains, or maybe a bit of all of them. When I reach the capital of Armenia - Yerevan, I will then have the reward of a week with my Persian girlfriend, who is flying in from Iran, who I met on my last trip and we have since become a couple. I then have to make my way back to my starting point, Tbilisi, to get my flight home. Which will be by bus, as I only have a few days to get back there.
A week after returning home, me and my friend Adam, who also will have only been home a week (after returning from 20 months travelling!), will be getting a Megabus from Plymouth to London, then another from London to Inverness, then a train from Inverness to Wick and then we'll cycle for a day to our starting point - John O'Groats, and over the next 2 - 3 weeks cycle from top to bottom - John O'Groats to Lands End. Cost of all the transport up there for one person...£26.15, and the plan is to do the whole cycle on the budget of one note - £50.
I'm now committed to all of this, so I'm quickly trying to sell anything I don't need on eBay, to pay for it. It might not be the best way to do things, but it makes life interesting I suppose. When it comes to something you really want to do...don't think too much about it, just say 'yes'.