Makely's pregame thoughts...
Trip Start Mar 10, 2009
39Trip End Nov 09, 2009
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I just got back from a cruise to the virgin islands with bert, davey, mar, jo and vickie. Tough start to my unemployed life and a very difficult precursor to the round the world trip. I know....it's not for everyone, so I have volunteered along with Mr. Birnie to be the conduit for all of you. Please, don't thank us, just recognize us as the martyrs that we are....and you're welcome!
I don't even know where to begin....I hope the friends and family members that tune into this blog on occasion find some humor, some good travel information, feel a certain "connection" to this trip and hopefully develop a little inspiration to do something crazy at least once in your life.
When Birnie and I started fantasizing about this trip, it didn't seem like it would ever really happen. Not that we both weren't serious, but to actually pull the trigger and make this happen took much more than just daring each other to do it.
It started as Birnie possibly visiting me in australia for a couple of weeks - matured into a real discussion of an eight to twelve week trip, and by the time we were paid in full had exploded into 8 MONTHS of this unreal itinerary.
Thanks Birnie for joining me on this crusade and hopefully you won't want to kill me by the end of this thing.
For all of the naysayers that say what the hell are we doing - quitting our jobs in an economy like this, blowing our nest eggs, traveling to third-world places with disease, crime, poverty..., I invite you to ponder the Tony Gerran philosophy...., "when you are lying on your death bed, what will you be thinking about? Lifetime achievements, unmatched memories of times spent with family/friends and all of the things you "wish you would have done while you were still healthy and young"........or will it be that you wish you would have worked more, traveled less, saved a few extra thousand dollars that you inevitably can't take with you???"
Hopefully I can figure this blogger thing out, post some great pics as we go, and keep everyone informed and entertained! Stay tuned everyone and to reiterate what Birnie said, come join us for a leg of this trip!