Thursday, February 25, 2010

Well, Now We HAVE To Go!

Today we agreed with two graduate students from Smith College that they will rent our apartment for the summer! Now we *have* to go on this crazy adventure!

Of course, this is great news, and it will help us significantly with the cost of our trip. Since we are buying the used RANS Screamer (we really need some pictures of it, don't we?), we will have spent quite a bit before we even get to leave the yard, but we're sure it'll be worth it. You only live once, and this is an adventure that we've both dreamed about for a long time.

Some people say that we're especially adventurous to ride a tandem, but we think we're up to the challenge of working together on one bike...for three months. We've spent a few hours on a tandem (and several more in a tandem kayak) before now, and we're still eager for more, having worked out some initial issues. We're really excited to have lined up the machine we'll be riding this early so that we get to practice a bunch this Spring.

It is weird to think of renting out our living space, though. This is where we always come home to. It's where we sleep, eat, and play. It's where all our games are. Those are our pieces of art and dishes and that's our bed. We're really okay renting it all, but it's strange, too.

Friday, February 19, 2010

This might actually happen...

We really might buy a recumbent tandem bike soon! The nice people who let us try their tandems got back to us last night with a figure for selling their RANS Screamer, and it's in our price range!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Late Night Rearranging.

We decided to move the couch and Brett's computer into the guest/office room tonight. We were both tired, but with some good music to help us along, we moved the couch, the futon, Brett's desk and computer, a bookshelf, some boxes, a table and a dresser to new homes. There are still a bunch of little things to move around and some organization to be done, but the new changes look great!

Here are some pictures of our new setup!

My marbles are now displayed in pretty jars instead of in a box in a drawer!

We have a lot of games.

Pretty plants.

Our new living room.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Our house, is a very very very fine house.

Brett posted an ad on Craigslist a few weeks ago for people who might be interested in renting our house as a sublet for the summer while we're away. We think this will be a good way to help finance our trip.

So far we've had one person come look at the place, and have gotten a bunch of other responses. It would be so great to find someone who wants the place for the summer soon, and get things all squared before it gets even closer to the time we want to leave. It would definitely make the trip seem more real if we found someone to live in our house for the summer. Then we'd have to do it!

Last summer we had a garden with lots of vegetables and many pretty flowers.

We had tomatoes

and pretty morning glories.

If we go away, we won't get to spend as much time making a beautiful garden this year, but I think it would be worth it. Maybe whoever ends up staying in our house for the Summer will take care of the garden while we're away!

Monday, February 8, 2010

We Love Maps!

It's exciting to look at maps. Here is a map with some places on it where we want to stay, or visit, along the way. It's a rough beginning of our route!

View Jenny & Brett's Biggest Bike Trip Ever!! in a larger map

We will keep adding places as we think of them, so check back for more updates! Also, if you know of any good spots to stay the night, or fun places to visit, let us know!