I am uncertain that I have packed everything that I really need for this trip, but am about to throw up my hands and quit worrying about it.
One slight change in plans was the pedals I am bringing along; turns out I don’t own an Allen wrench big enough to remove my road pedals (I will correct this upon my return), and they cannot be removed with a pedal wrench. Additionally, I did not purchase the correct size pedal wrench for my mountain bike’s pedals. In the end I was able to remove the pedals from my mountain bike using an old-fashion Craftsman hex wrench. These pedals are dual-sided â€” clipless on one side, and flat on the other â€” so they may be a better option for this trips after all.
I have (finally) managed to secure a hotel room in DÃ¼sseldorf for my arrival tomorrow. The hotel is not far from the main train station, and should put me in a good position to transit to the hash hotel in which I will be staying Friday and Saturday nights.
I will attempt to take and post photos over the next two weeks. I think that ITP-Reader Stacy may have become Former ITP-Reader Stacy, given a lack of comments from her over the past couple of weeks (maybe I should up my blogging game). I sincerely hope not.
As I do for any long trip I submitted a Hold Mail request for the duration of my trip with the US Post Office. Actually, I always start tip he hold a day early to ensure that the post office is following orders. Imagine my dismay when I arrived home last night to find my mailbox filled with mail.
I am now trying to decide whether or not I should leave a note in my mailbox asking the letter carrier to take notice of my hold mail request.
The High Cost Of Living In The Future
I’ve been doing some back-of-the-envelope math in preparation for what may be happening for me in the future and damn it costs a lot to be a homeowner / car owner. Before any food, entertainment, incidental, or travel expenses I estimate that I will spend over $14,000 for a six month period. Yikes!
Here’s the breakdown:
Mortgage: 840 Ã— 6 = 5,040
Home Insurance: 600 x 1 = 600
Property Taxes: 3000 Ã— 1 = 3,000
Estimated Water: 26 Ã— 6 = 156
Estimated Electric/Gas: 200 Ã— 6 = 1,200
Cell Phone, Internet: 210 Ã— 6 = 1,260
Car Payment: 179 Ã— 12 = 2,148
Auto Insurance: 750 Ã— 1 = 750
Recurring Subscriptions: 50 x 6 = 300
Feel free to remind me of what I forgot to include in these calculations. I hope that it’s not much more…
Next blog from Germany!