• Henrik Strand

Wheels Up!

Here we go, after months of preparation, we are finally embarking upon our grand journey!

It seems like so long ago that we first started the planning process of our trip. From a little idea, it grew to this grand once in a lifetime (although hopefully not once in a lifetime) journey that should introduce us to new people, cultures, ways of life and extreme climates and scenery. The waiting, the working, the anticipation, the bittersweet goodbyes and sacrifices have finally culminated into the present. As I type this, Anna and are sitting in the international terminal of LAX, patiently waiting out our short layover of 14 hours.

The send off! It's hard to believe we could fit almost a years worth of equipment and clothing into these bags!

14 hours of waiting though really doesn't seem like that much, especially after the long summer of hard work and saving. It almost seems surreal that the time to go has finally arrived, and this expedition that has been in the works for so long is finally taking flight (literally). I feel like everything leading up to our trip has already been such an adventure, and there has often been so little down time to collect our thoughts, and keep everyone updated on our progress.

It has also been an emotional ride as well. It was hard having to say goodbye to our close friends, and pack up our cozy little cabin into a hodgepodge of cardboard boxes to be sealed away. It was difficult having to look back at what had been our home for two years and see the walls barren and realize it was time to close that chapter of our story. As if everything was meant to fall into place, we then sold Rosie (our Jeep and first true expedition rig) the very next day. In a matter of 48 hours we had to say farewell to our home and what was kind of our baby. I will say though, it makes me feel so much better knowing that Rosie went to a nice new home, with owners who were also incredibly enthusiastic about exploration and who could appreciate what she had done and what other adventures there are still to be had with her.

Bittersweet farewells. New adventures await Rosie though!

I know some of you are probably rolling your eyes thinking it was just a car, but to us she meant so much more. She was full of memories and stories, some good and some bad, and could also be a major pain in the butt. I'm sure some of you Land Rover drivers reading this understand full well what I mean, when you fall in love with your car, no matter how irrational it may seem to others!

It's never easy having to say goodbye. We had such an amazing support base in the States, between family and friends, who helped logistically, financially and mentally, without which this expedition may not have been possible. We really can't thank them enough for everything everyone has done to help us so far.

Getting in every moment we can, even if it means doing dawn hikes. My best friend Felix, who between him and his family has been such an incredible friend and help through all this!

I suppose that is one of the negatives of global travel, there is always someone who you need to say goodbye to for a bit. But it is all for good things, this is going to be such an amazing experience, and we are going to learn and grow and become closer as a couple because of it. So while aspects may be difficult, we have to take the bad with the good, and embrace the thrill of each new day that faces us. So to wrap this up, I just want to thank everyone who is reading this and who has supported us, and continues to support us along this incredible journey. I hope we may be able to provide a bit of inspiration and a good snapshot of our lives while on expedition across Oz, and show the realities (both good and tough) of life on the road.

Embrace each day as it is, and enjoy nature and the people you get to share the journey with.

Now I think it's time we hop on that short flight of 15 hours and get wheels down on the red continent!

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