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Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Even though we are technically still "at home" for one last evening, for all intensive purposes the trip has begun.

All the months of planning are becoming very real. I guess I shouldn't be at all surprised that for the last few weeks t I have been constantly thinking, "This is the last time I'll be_______________ for over a year". Scored my last slice of Benny Tudino's pizza for lunch today...I'm certainly going to miss that stuff! Over the last month we've been super busy meeting up with most of our friends in the area and saying goodbye for the next year. We've even had a few "Bon Voyage" events thrown for us! Both exciting and sad, we have so many wonderful friends in our lives that we will miss tremendously during the year away. During the final goodbyes we've been giving a good enough sales pitch to convince at least a few of our pals to join up with us along the way. We've got our fingers crossed!

So at this moment I'm sitting on the floor of our otherwise empty living room getting the last of our household items and furniture packed up and stored away. I finished school two days ago and Katie's just finished her last day today. So we are now both unemployed, and within twelve hours we'll be homeless as well! I must say that when my last paycheck was deposited a few days ago, it was a bit intimidating to think that is the last check I'll earn until September 2007!!!

Early in the AM tomorrow we'll be heading south out of New Jersey with the car, dog, and our travel gear. We are spending a few days in Georgia with Katie's parents, visiting her grandparents in Florida, and going to a beach house in Alabama. In early July we are flying to Maui to spend a week with my parents, my brother and sister, and their families to celebrate my Mom and Dad's 40th wedding anniversary. From Hawaii it is back to Georgia for two days to say our last goodbyes. On July 15 we will "crossing the pond" to Lisbon, Portugal and be off on the grand adventure!

I'm not expecting too many exotic adventures to report on for at least a week or two so look for the next post to be in mid-July from Maui.

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