Life gives you what you need, rather than what you want.
This should be written from the campsite in Denmark, as we make our way northwards. However, Life has given us a few extra days in the UK … and this is not a bad thing at all.
The Adventure Overland Show over the weekend was fantastic. We were overwhelmed by the support we received from so many of you who have been following our preparation. Many people came past to see us – it was great to finally put faces to names. There was lots of chatting, and a chance for people to have a look at the preparation on the vehicle. We also gave a talk about the ups and downs of our preparation so that future travellers may avoid our mistakes.
The biggest lesson we learned was that we started packing the vehicle too late, and discovered that our rear suspension wasn’t up the task. Fortunately, as we were at the Adventure Overland Show, we were in the best place to find help! And Julian of Overland Cruisers is our knight in shining armour. Yesterday, he ordered in new heavy duty coils, and today he and Viking Explorer are making the necessary coil switch.
This meant that after our fabulous send-off from the Adventure Overland Show, we had the afternoon to catch our breath. We grabbed a quick bite (eating being something we didn’t really manage to squeeze in during the busy days at the Show) and enjoyed a slow drive back down to Basingstoke where the Aussie Scottish Twosome opened their home to us and gave us a warm place to sleep.
Amazingly, we received a call from the ferry company to check if we were still planning to travel, as the ferry was departing in 15 minutes and we hadn’t checked in yet. What customer service! I had been unable to get hold of them during the day to postpone our departure, so was delighted by the phonecall. Nothing was a problem – they moved our ticket to Wednesday with no charge or fuss.
In reality, this was exactly what we needed. We were so rushed in the last weeks that we never had a chance to stop. We took the day to dump some items from the vehicle, enjoy some quality time with our friends (something we haven’t done in far too long) and just catch our collective breathes.
And, for the first time, I am starting to feel the butterflys of excitement! Let the adventure begin!