A week to departure and counting

It’s just a few hours more than a week before we set off on our trip to the USA. I’m still dealing with a few work-related matters that need to be cleared away before we go. I’m also working on travel preparations including getting this blog up and running in the hope that we can use it to document our travels as we go.

Flights were booked long ago when Qantas ran a ‘special’ earlier in the year. Our outbound route on Saturday, September 1 is Brisbane–Sydney–Dallas-Fort Worth–Dulles. Inbound, leaving USA on Sunday, October 7 is Dulles–Dallas-Fort Worth–Brisbane, arriving early in the morning.

First night is at the airport in Dulles. We arrive late and will not want to go further. Our rental car is booked for collection on the morning of Sunday, September 2. Accommodation is arranged in Elizabeth City, NC; Wilmington, NC; Savannah, GA; Asheville, NC; Johnson City, TN; Morehead, KY; Lafayette, IN; Millersburg, OH; Vanderbilt, PA; Indiana, PA; Niagara Falls, ON; Kingston, ON; Montreal, QC; Quebec City, QC; Colchester, VT; Old Orchard Beach, ME; Boston, MA; Provincetown, MA; Windsor Locks, CT; New York, NY; Atlantic City, NJ; Intercourse, PA; and Washington, DC. That’s about 7200 km in a month. Lots of driving, lots to see and do.

There are still some loose ends to be tied, packing to be done, and last minute preparations at home to be made. It’s set to be a busy week.

Early Spring flowers

I took some time this afternoon to get my camera out and check a few things including how I can embed an image here from Flickr. I’m not sure that I’ll work that way but it’s handy to have that option along with others.

I bought and downloaded a USA and Canada map for our TomTom GPS a couple of weeks ago and have been using the links in bookings from booking.com to save the GPS coordinates to the SD card with the map. I hope that means that we can be confident about finding our bed each night. Some of the other navigation is likely to be as it happens and we come across places we find interesting.

Enough for now. There is planning and packing to be done. The blog is up and running and should post notifications to Facebook and Twitter.