The final push (to the start, this is) is underway. Yesterday, we visited Bags Unlimited to purchase some boxes into which we’ll pack the resupply items (food, etc.) that we’ll have sent to us at various towns along the hike. The folks at the Bags Unlimited were very helpful and efficient, and so I’m giving them some free advertising. If you need boxes or bags in quantity, or any archival storage supplies for just about anything artsy or collectible, this is a place you need to visit!
Last night I repacked all eighteen resupply boxes into the new good boxes, stuck on the mailing labels and stacked them up in order. “Resupply Central” has a new clean look. None of the boxes are sealed, though, as we might be asking Susan to add an item or two as we go (whether seasonal items or just things we hadn’t thought of). Of course, if she wants to slip in a surprise candy bar now and then, that could be nice too!
We plan to pick up our first resupply box on March 14th, and the second box on March 17th, so today I sealed those two up and drove off to the local PO. “No, there’s nothing hazardous, perishable, or liquid…” and so Parcel Post will do fine and get them to their destinations ahead of us.
We sure don’t want to arrive someplace ahead of our supplies, and since post offices will hold General Delivery packages for a month, there’s an adequate time window to ensure we can mail them out early, but not too early.
I have assembled several bits of clothing and gear that I might want Susan to send to me sometime during the hike. Having them all in one place will make it easier for her to deal with when I ask for something; she won’t have to rummage all over the place to find theses “spares” (like spare shirts, shorts, summer sleeping bag, hiking shoes, and so on).
I’ve contacted a lawnmowing service to arrange for that to be taken care of while I’m gone. There are so many other little odds and ends to try to think of! I ought to get the oil changed in both cars. I need to make sure the gutters are cleaned out before heavy spring rains. I can uncover the air conditioner, and if the weather’s good enough before March 10th, I can rake some leaves out of the beds and maybe even put down the crabgrass preventer (best done early, anyway)!
Tim arrives here from Vermont on the 9th, and we leave town on the 10th – a mere eight days to go!