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Written by Raenelle on Sunday, June 15, 2008

They say that things don’t always go according to plan … and well, here we are! Nothing too serious … just another hurdle to jump in the relay of getting ready for a big trip.

alley-workshop.jpgThe work on the truck has not been as smooth as we would have liked it to be, and we’ve had some scheduling delays that will probably push back our departure date to mid-July … or (hopefully not) later. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but somewhat frustrating at the same time because we don’t really want to spend the start of our vacation … planning for our vacation, if you know what I mean!welding-bench.jpg

There is no denying it – THIS IS HARD. Preparing for a big trip, while both holding down busy, stressful professional jobs, and undertaking major maintainance / upgrading of the truck without a garage. We are either insane … or we realize that good things often take a great deal of elbow grease!

Admittedly, I have the far easier job in this whole trip preparation business … while I sit here at my laptop drinking a cup of tea getting things in order, Robin is out in the back alley, surrounded by tools and truck parts, covered head-to-toe in grease.

alley-workshop2.jpgGetting ready for a trip of this magnitude … as well as being on the road, is not all fun and games. It is riddled with unsuspecting landmines of unusual circumstances, unexpected situations, and disappointing information. The challenge is to accept things as they are and to work with what you’ve got. Move on to Plan B (because there is ALWAYS a Plan B), and try to do it gracefully, no matter how pissed off you may be!!

For every ‘negative’ landmine, there are a few ‘positive’ ones. The secret is to recognize the positive ones for what they are … and to realize that the ‘negative’ ones almost always, invariably, lead to many ‘positives’.

Further Reading on South America 2008:
Comment by steve broyles
June 27, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

I’m so happy to see you’ll be on the road again! Congratulations!
I heard about a fellow recently who never uses the word “problem” but rather always uses “opportunity”. I’m sure it annoys his friends/coworkers when he says things like, “Um, I’m afraid we’ve got an opportunity with that last [thing we tried to do].” But it is a great philosophy to embrace (if not a pleasant conversational technique).

Travel safely!
-Steve Broyles

Comment by Robin
June 27, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

Steve! Great to hear from you. We’ll have to stop by on our way through – we’ll send you a note when we nearing the peninsula.

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