—– Update 09/02/09. After filling out forms, getting photos taken, getting uit checked and handing over 100 pounds (yes, 100 quid!!!!), my passport has been sent off to be renewed.
—— Update 25/02/09. The new passport has arrived!! Goal number one complete!!2. Apply for US visa. In theory, i can enter the U.S. without a visa, using the visa-waiver scheme. However, this means that i only have three months to cycle from Alaska to the Mexican border, which although do-able is still a bit of a rush, and that i may also need a plane ticket out from the US which i will never use. Although no doubt there will be hoops to jump through before i get a visa, in the long run, it should make life easier, as i will have longer to cycle, and no need for a ticket out.
3. Buy a bicycle. Although a seemingly obvious essential for a cycling trip, i still haven't bought one as yet. I have my eye on a Dawes Sardar 2004 model with 26″ wheels and a steel frame, and am just waiting to hear back from the bike shop which has it. Failing that, i fear i'll go down the same route as everyone else and get a Thorn bicycle, which i can ill afford.
—— Update 09/02/09. After many conversations with http://www.bikesheduk.com (which happens to be the same place i bought my previous bike from for the trip where i cycled from england to cape town ), i have finally paid for a bicycle which with good fortune will be delivered this week. I'll put a separate page up when it arrives.
——- Update 25/02/09. The bicycle has arrived!! Here's a picture of it, and at some point over the weekend, i'll write an incredibly boring page listing lots and lots of technical stuff that i haven't a clue about.
4. Organise a flight to Alaska. Again, an obvious thing to be doing. I've seen a flight with a company called www.condor.com, which amazingly flies from Heathrow to Fairbanks in Alaska – this could be the way forwards.
——— Update 09/03/09 – the flight is now booked. Well, at least the bit from Germany to Alaska at any rate. Read about the flight to Alaska.
5. Insurance. I don't want to get ill in the US. Anywhere else, but there. Insurance is pretty essential.
Rough Route Planning
This is my pre-trip planning of the route i think i will be taking, with estimated stops.
More routes will be added as the trip draws closer.