It's official, I am finally off to go meet up with Martin and Doug in Indonesia. It has been one crazy week trying to get the house settled and get ready to meet them in Maumere. I am so excited to see Martin!
The week leading up to seeing him, however, hasn't been quite as pleasant. Like all good wives of husbands that have big boats, I am lugging more boat parts with me than I am sunscreen! In fact, I think I was close to a mental breakdown on the ven diagram of emotional health just trying to pull these parts in from all corners of the US. I got to be VERY good friends with a Yanmar distributor, who now recognizes my voice before I even introduce myself on the phone. Words like mixing elbow, turbo pumps, oil plugs, cylinders, filters (for generator and water maker) and injectors now easily slip off my tongue. I have looked at more diagrams of engines than I ever thought was possible. My bag is H.E.A.V.Y!
My trip to get to Martin will be more like a planes, trains and automobiles kind of trip. We are talking 52+ hours of travel before I even meet up with him on the island of Maumere. Currently, Martin and Doug are racing to get to me (a five day trip for them) by Saturday. From there we will head to the Banda Islands and go see the Kamodo dragons on the island of Kamodo (they waited for me to join them).
Well, I am off to Tokyo (where I have a 15-hour layover) and then onto Bali. Then I'll eventually catch a little puddle jumper to meet up with Martin on Maumere.
Wish us luck!
Check back in a few days!