- Took care of vaccinations. Always fun to answer the doctors question of where will you be traveling to with a flatly delivered “everywhere.” While we were tempted by the $900 rabbies vaccination for about a second, we passed on it. Have to make sure to avoid foamy mouthed mammals.
- Signed up for international medical insurance. Which some how involves us to driving to Canada June 15th in order to be outside of the US the day our policy begins. You really do not want to know how many phone calls it took us to come up with this Rube Goldbergesque solution. Dealing with medical insurance brought my frustration with the US healthcare system to an all time high.
- Scheduled movers, June 13th is the big move out date (conveniently a day before our medically necessitated Canada trip). We will be sleeping in an empty apartment after that.
- Began packing up our apartment. That was all An, although I promised her to help this weekend when we tackle the kitchen.
- Arrange to donate all the items not worth storing for two plus years
- Continued An’s practice with Rick Grimes (her XT250). She has mastered New York City traffic quite well. The plus of living in New York City is that the traffic here makes it as good a place to practice for riding in third world cities as there is in the US. The negative is that while stuck in traffic for two hours in hot humid weather while trying to return from a 70 mile ride up the Hudson, there is little solace in thinking of all that good practice.
- Put together and ordered the list of spare parts to bring on the trip
- Packed and weighed An’s luggage. Her duffle, which has all our camping gear in it, comes in at just under 25lbs.
- An bought her travel cloths. I have been procrastinating on this one.
- Bought the remaining luggage needed for the weasel (my WR260R, I did not pick the name). Decided to go with the Wolfman large expedition duffle to go along with my expedition saddle bags. I will pack and weigh my bags once the parts arrive.
- Last but now least, we gave An the gift of sight. Modern science and engineering have allowed us to achieve a feat only possible in biblical times, not sure where they got the laser and advanced control system back then. An used to have a pretty heavy presciption and would have required a pack a rather sizable supply of contact lenses or squeeze her glasses on under her helmet. While both those options sounded fun, we opted for Lasik, actually a variant of the surgery called PRK.
The surgery was probably the most interesting item on our list. We scheduled the procedure for a Thursday and An was told to take Friday off to recover. Given our long list of to-dos still waiting for us to get around to them and An’s somewhat overly enthusiastic approach to getting things done, she immediately thinks to herself that Friday is a golden opportunity to tackle some items from our list. So she schedules an appointment with our travel medicine doctor for her vaccines, a follow up appointment with the eye doctor, a visit with her general practitioner, and makes time to get international medical insurance quotes. As I was about to leave for work that morning, something about An’s nonstop tearing and pleas that someone put ground up glass in her eyes told me that I should stay home. While we did manage to hit all three of the doctor appointments, with me serving as a seeing eye dog calling into work meetings for random doctor’s lobbies (true multi-tasking), the travel medical insurance was pushed to another day. Just another 38 days to go.