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September 9, 2005 02:12 PM

Time To Start Looking For Our First Ride

21 Days until we leave. 3 weeks.

Don't Panic.

We'd better start taking some concrete steps to prepare. This isn't some weekend road trip. This is the real thing. I first noticed the dread creeping in as I was driving back from a family reunion in Windsor, another Labour Day gone, it could only mean two things; time to stop wearing white and time to start looking for our first ride.

Any good sailing trip around the world will go through the Panama Canal and the Caribbean at some point. We'll be in a good position if we're down there where the action is. If we can be there by the end of October, it's worthwhile to note, we'll also have escaped the horrific Canadian winter in the nick of time. The way I see it, we have a two real options; we can travel overland or we could sail down the coast. Flying is obviously out of the question.

I've emailed a couple drive away programs that are based here in Toronto, apparently there are a lot of old people who fly south to Florida, Arizona or California but still want somebody to bring their car down for them. I haven't had any success yet.

I've also started to feel out the possibility of hitching a ride down the coast on a yacht. There are actually a lot of people looking for crew online. All I need to do is find a boat that'll get us South. It'll serve two purposes in that it gets us South and it'll give us some much needed experience sailing on the Ocean.

These are the sites that I'll be lurking on for the next little while:

I've sent out a few emails, and have already had at least one response. It looks promising...


Andrew McLean said:

I can tell you're waiting for someone to post a comment on this site, so I'll step up. Unfortunately I can't think of anything funny to say.

September 9, 2005 04:29 PM
Ryan said:

Thanks Andrew! You win. You're the first unsolicited commenter. Actually, you're the only commenter other than myself.

September 9, 2005 10:11 PM
Ray Beck said:

Hey Ryan,

I gotta hand it to you, you have cohones! It isn't everyone that will follow their dreams, but you did! Good luck on your travels, I look forward to hearing about what happens. A word of advice....don't rent "Dead Calm".

Have an amazing experience man, take care.
Ray Beck, Torontonian.

September 14, 2005 04:37 PM