Day 0 - Final Shakedown Ride

May 19, 2002
2 min. read

This post is part of the Trans-Am series.

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

- Mark Twain

Today I completely loaded up my RANS Rocket. I’ve built many custom components to make it into a cross-country touring machine. Unfortunately, I haven’t had as much time getting ready for the trip as I wanted. I took smaller projects, due to my fixed departure time, and all of these ran long. Due to this, both equipment and physical shape preparation was lacking. I will just have to get in shape by doing.

Unfortunately, this lack of preparation chewed up almost two weeks of my time off. I spent a week getting my belongings into storage and moved out of my apartment. I spent another week finishing equipment builds and other touring preparation.

I also finished up the code for my PHP based email journal and mailing list. It may be hard to connect over the analog modem through my Star-Tac cell phone, even just to send updates. So, hopefully I won’t have to fix code while on the road. I can currently compose updates as an email to a certain address, which will post and distribute them when the email is sent.

Tomorrow, I will be flying out to Newport News Airport and making my way to the start of this adventure. After more than two years of planning, it is really nice to get this started. Hopefully I will think the same thing a week or two into it.

I’ll see you on the road.


Part 1 of 48 in the Trans-Am series.

Day 1 - Yorktown to Jamestown, VA

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