Hitting the road July 1, 2012!
07/01/12 – 09/04/12 – USA – Northeast – Getting around in the 4Runner! Sightseeing/Climbing/Hiking/Camping and visiting with family and friends through New England. Hopefully we will make it up into Canada. We need to be back in Northern Virginia Around 09/04 to finalize last minute details before getting on the plane!
09/08/12 – 12/28/12 – Australia - We fly into Sydney. We will spend 4 days checking out the city. On 09/14 we fly to Adelaide to visit family. 09/18 we fly to Cairns (Northeast) so Cathy can start her scuba dive course (with my old dive company, Pro-Dive) on the 19th. On the 09/21 we will be out to sea for two and half days diving the Great Barrier Reef, then back into Cairns on the 23rd. We pick up our camper van rental on the 25th, and we will start heading South down the East coast. If you are looking at a map of Australia we will be roughly driving the following route, Cairns – Brisbane – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin – Exmouth – Perth – Albany – Adelaide – Sydney. We have to turn the van in on 12/23, and we will be spending X-mas with my uncles and their family in Sydney.
12/28 – 01/24 – New Zealand – We fly into Auckland, and pick up our camper van there on 12/28. We will then visit some friends while making our way to the South Island. The plan is to try to cover as much as possible in a month, but we have to be in Christchurch by the 01/23 to turn the van back in.
01/24 – 02/10 – Thailand – We fly into Bangkok, and we will spend a a couple of days checking out the city. On 01/27 we fly down to Krabi (Tonsai Bay) and spend a week climbing on the beach. On 02/01 we will catch a ferry over to Koh Phi Phi to check out the islands where life will consist of some more climbing, and eating, drinking, and chillin. Then on 02/04 we will catch another boat over to Phuket, and that evening head out on a 4-day live aboard dive trip. The goal is to dive the Simlian Islands. We will be back from the dive trip on 02/08 where we will spend the night in Phuket. The next day on 02/09 we will fly back to Bangkok before flying onto Paris on 02/10.
02/10 – 02/28 – Paris/Europe – We fly direct into Paris from Bangkok, where we will visit with Cathy’s Aunt and Uncle. Depending on how good we have been with our budget, will dictate what we get up to. Hopefully all good, so we will rent a car, so we can get around Europe. We plan on visiting a few friends in different countries, some boarding/skiing in the French and Swiss Alps, and maybe a little climbing
02/28 – 07/14 – Back in Northern Virginia – We will be back at my sister’s place for a few months. Cathy will be umpiring her lacrosse season. I am going to be hunting down a good quality used Sprinter van and getting it built out for us to live in for our USA portion………..and maybe get a little climbing in!
07/14 – to who knows when! – USA!! We head out across the country. We will be sightseeing, climbing, camping, hiking, running, and trying to cram as much in as we can before settling down somewhere out West………where the door will always be open to family and friends! The plan right now is to head straight to Colorado, where we will drop a few things off at our friend Chuck’s place. Then from there head to South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, before stopping back off in Colorado. We will then make our way to Arkansas for the 24HHH climbing competition at the end of Sept. We will follow that up with two weeks at the New river Gorge in West Virginia, and then end our trip with a bang!! Tying the knot in Oct!!