Saturday 17th January 2015:
I am going to have to start this blog with a bit of an admission… I’ve just typed the 17th of January but alas, I am a sneaky devil indeed – it’s the 18th! I know this does not start off our blogging relationship in a particularly honest manner, from now on you’ll never really know what’s going on when but to be honest I suspect that doesn’t really matter all that much as I’m not always totally sure myself!
I have been meaning to sit down and get writing, posting etc for ages. I had wanted to start the blog before I left the UK to get some kind of a feel for the planning stages and my roller-coaster emotions in the lead up to leaving. But it was not to be, it turns out I spent far too many hours of my life stressing about which tent to buy, which sleeping mat to buy, which stove to buy, which spanner to buy (Halfords sell a lot of spanners) and lot of other things which I now suspect will become less and less important. As well as getting kitted out, the other thing that occupied a lot of my time was trying to think of a name for this blog. Ami and I had a few cheesy puns which although I liked, I felt might soon start to sound more and more cheesy and less and less jolly so we settled instead on the little blue bike. Now believe it or not I do in fact have a little blue bike, crazy that! It is little because my legs are quite little and I didn’t want to ride a penny farthing around the world and it is blue to match my Mum’s lounge. Yes yes yes, my Mum’s lounge may seem like a strange factor to consider when choosing the specifications of my new bike but I was privy to two very important pieces of information that would have been foolish indeed to have ignored. One; my poor Mum is very nervous about the prospect of her daughter cycling off into the sunset by herself and two, my Mum really loves duck egg blue. So I ask you this, what better way to convince my poor nervous Mum that a solo round the world bike tour really is a good idea than to make sure the bike on said tour is her favourite of all colours! If the bike is pretty the tour is a great idea right! I know, I’m a genius!
So with the blog name chosen, the bike kitted out and a still nervous Mum I was ready to go! The only things I was missing; any kind of biking experience and even a basic level of fitness. Trivial things really…