preparations continue

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Posted on January 6, 2012 by

I’ve now been unemployed for two full weeks.  And, I have to say that it feels pretty strange.  There are so many small things to take care of before we leave that I haven’t really done too much relaxing.  But, the preparations continue and I am feeling productive.  So, now I am trying to focus on enjoying what little time is left in Louisville and with our friends and family here.

One major task that will probably not be finalized until the day we climb on the bike to leave, is the question of what exactly to bring.  This is not an easy task for someone who has always enjoyed variety in clothing options (especially shoes).  So, I’ve been working on my trip wardrobe.  And here is what I’ve got it down to:

4 pairs of socks
7 pairs of underwear
1 swimsuit
2 pairs of summer pants
1 pair of winter pants
2 dresses
3 shirts
2 scarves (these are especially handy for hair that has been in a sweaty helmet all day)
2 sports bras
1 pair of shorts
4 pairs of shoes (riding/hiking boots, nice sandals, slip on flats, chacos)
1 pair of yoga pants
1 light, breathable jacket
1 fleece jacket
1 pair of capilene pants
and, of course, my riding gear (pants and jacket)

And this is what all of that looks like when rolled and squished into the mesh travel bags a friend of mine bought for me:

Here is how it fits into my personal pannier.  So, there will be room for a few more odds and ends on top:

I’m sure there will be some editing/adding to the list above before we leave.  But, I’m pretty happy with the choices I have so far.  Ask me again three months from now when everything is smelly and a little too worn in, and I might have a different opinion.  But, that’s when it’ll be time to add to the wardrobe with fun items from the countries we are passing through.  The other item on my to-do list this week was to personalize my pannier a little more.  We definitely want to keep up with folks who we meet along the way, so I thought I might as well advertise how they can find us…

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About Bec

I'm not your typical motorcycle adventure blogger. First, I'm a girl. Second, I'm a passenger on a v-strom 650 riding behind my boyfriend from Louisville, Kentucky through 13 countries to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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