Particular thanks go to my family; Mum, Dad, Tom & Katy, for willingly allowing us to fill their homes with our most precious belongings and clutter up their driveways with both us and our many and various cars before we could leave - sorry, you'll need to keep the stuff just that little bit longer... :) Also to my Mum for acting as trip secretary and tirelessly dealing with all the dull post and general admin from which it seems there is no escape, to my brother for so capably being on hand when things needed sorting out in our house and to my Dad and Katy who read every word of the blog when the others were just too busy... :)
We are also very grateful to Will's family; Tom, Julie & Chris, Vicky, Jeni & Dan, Peter & Bonney and Jim & Elissa and all of our friends; Leah & Shelley, Cathy & Paul, Matt & Jude, Ben & Ali, Dave, Amy & Colin for either looking after some of our belongings and/or providing us with food and a place to park whilst we have been of 'no fixed abode'.
And most especially to Catherine and Alex, Kathryn and Austin and Dave and Emily for all of the above and additionally the use of their various workshops, garages, tools and time without which we would probably never have left our own driveway (or, more worryingly, their driveways!), let alone the country.
Thank you also to Bill, Brian and Ulla, Kiri and Meli & Rafi, people whom we have met on the road through random chat and being in the right place at the right time and who, through their emails, suggestions, ideas, shared experiences, food and bits of electronics (especially the wifi aerial!) have made our traveling life so much richer. Do give us a shout if you're ever in the Cambridge area!
And last but by no means least thank you so much to all of you who have joined us on our epic journey - those of you we know and those we don't and those we didn't know but now do - and especially all those of you who have written to us along the way, your comments and emails were always much appreciated!
Many centuries ago, a chinese poet apparently once said that
to re-create something in words is like being alive twice
And I can definitely concur. Writing this - which has turned out to be far, far more epic than I ever expected at the beginning - has made me appreciate just what we've done, seen, learnt and discovered on our travels, but it has been so much better to have you all on board too. I do hope you've all had a good time :)