Thursday, July 2, 2009

My Timeline

To better understand how much time I have to prepare for June 20, 2010, and decide what is realistic in achieving my goal of cycling across North America next summer, I'm creating a timeline of priorities in this blog. Along with highlighting my concerns and doubts, I should also note the possibilities and the smaller, more immediate things I can control. The below will be subject to change as I learn more about what I will need to have and do.

June 20, 2009 - Begin
July 15, 2009 - Submit formal request for an unpaid leave of absence  
June 30, 2009 - Assess financial needs & create a general budget  
August 15, 2009 - Begin saving money  
September 30, 2009 - Have a second part-time job  
October 1, 2009 - Confirm approval for unpaid leave  
November 30, 2009 - Determine a more specific budget  
December 15, 2009 - Submit AbyB Registration Form & $250 Tour Deposit and purchase travel insurance  
December 31, 2009 - Deadline to purchase a standard, diamond frame Touring/Racing bicycle & necessary safety gear
January 15-ish, 2010 - Receive Full Orientation Tour Kit, Pre-Ride Preparation Kit and Full Training Guide & Customized Training Program from America by Bicycle  
January 15-ish, 2010 - Begin outdoor training program 
January 30, 2010 - Confirm suggested airline arrival (in OR) and departure dates (from NH) with AbyB  
February 1, 2010 - Begin researching one-way airfare from New York City to Astoria, OR, on June 19, and one-way airfare from Portsmith, NH, to New York City on August 10  
April 1, 2010 - Advertise my bedroom in Hell's Kitchen for summer sublet 
March 30, 2010 - Deadline to purchase one-way airfares to Astoria, OR, and from Portsmith, NH
May 31, 2010 - Deadline to purchase additional necessities (e.g. changes of cycling attire, small cycling back pack) 
June 5, 2010 (?) - Ship my bicycle to Astoria, OR 
June 10, 2010 - Begin packing my bags 
June 15, 2010 - Write a check to job #1 for the full amount of my corporate-rate health care coverage while I'm on my leave of absence
June 17, 2010 - Hand over copies of my apartment keys to a summer sublet tenant (I hope) 
June 18, 2010 - Fly to Astoria, OR 
June 20, 2010 - Dip my rear wheel in the Pacific Ocean and head east! 

More general tour information is available on America By Bicycle's website.


Anonymous said...

hmm... interesting post

Helen Steussy said...

Thank you for this schedule. You are much better organized than I am.

Anonymous said...

Great Site. Was added to mybookmarks. Greetings From USA.