the night before departure. All packed, with room to spare no less. All the paperwork together, and all the other little details hopefully all taken care of. Friends came over and picked up Majesty, Alanna's wonderful pearled cockatiel. They have graciously offered to care for him during my trip. Its going to be a long trek....arriving in Sydney at 700AM and then on to Cairns for a noon arrival. So....Friday at noon, I will likely be looking for some time to just relax and be still for a bit after traveling continuously for what will be more than a long enough time, I'm sure. I have made the choice of traveling with a PocketPC so this should enable updates simpler as I could do it at any WiFi hotspot. It can also talk to my camera so I should be able to provide photo updates too. That and I dumped a pile of music onto it for something to listen to as well! Well my next post will be from some other continent! cheers!