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Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Just 3 More Days to Go... on 10/08/2010 16:23:07 MDT Print View

Just 3 more days to go -- then off to Asia for 5 months:

o Myanmar
o Bangladesh
o Vietnam
o Thailand
o Malaysia
o Brunei

Plan to be back mid March next year.

Andy Berner
(Berner9) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Just 3 More Days to Go... on 10/08/2010 16:25:59 MDT Print View

Enjoy your trip.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Just 3 More Days to Go. on 10/08/2010 16:41:57 MDT Print View

Have a great time, Ben!

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
Just 3 More Days to Go... on 10/08/2010 16:53:52 MDT Print View

Lucky you - have fun and travel safely.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Just 3 More Days to Go... on 10/08/2010 21:07:18 MDT Print View

Thanks, guys!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Just 3 More Days to Go... on 10/08/2010 21:10:11 MDT Print View

You never told us the name of your sponsor company.

--B.G.--

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Just 3 More Days to Go... on 10/08/2010 21:16:07 MDT Print View

Sponsor company? Paying every penny myself! :(

OTOH, thanks to two years of accumulation, I was able to turn in 90,000 miles + $75 fee for business class ticket LAX --> Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur --> LAX. :)

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: Re: Just 3 More Days to Go... on 10/09/2010 08:39:23 MDT Print View

Who is going to fill in as BPL resident gear enabler? Have a fantastic/safe journey.

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re:"Just 3 More Days to Go..." on 10/09/2010 11:04:08 MDT Print View

Enjoy your trip Ben


Who is going to send item X to me now? :)

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Just 3 More Days to Go... on 10/09/2010 11:34:58 MDT Print View

Ben,

Have a great trip! Are you using the iPad during this trip?

Take care,

Doug

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Just 2 More Days to Go... on 10/09/2010 18:19:48 MDT Print View

Thanks again. Yes, I'm bringing my iPad. I've loaded all six guidebooks -- and saved about 3lbs. of weight. Just finished packing. Total pack weight - just under 11 lbs.

Philip Delvoie
(PhilipD) - MLife

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Just 3 More Days to Go... on 10/09/2010 18:31:37 MDT Print View

Wow. Looking forward to this trip report Ben. Have a great and...most importantly safe...trip.

BER ---
(BER) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
11 pounds for 5 months? on 10/09/2010 20:21:20 MDT Print View

Ben,

Wow. First off I'm envious as all heck. Second, 11 pound pack weight? You are only packing 11 pounds for 5 months of travel?

May I ask what you are bringing?

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Just 3 More Days to Go... on 10/09/2010 20:29:55 MDT Print View

Sounds wonderful, Ben. Have a safe and memorable trip. You're going to some great places! But, no Laos? I hear it's really nice.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Just 2 More Days to Go... on 10/09/2010 21:47:29 MDT Print View

Thanks again, guys. Anyone interested in my packing list, please click here

Edited by ben2world on 10/09/2010 21:55:33 MDT.

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
enjoy! on 10/10/2010 01:13:51 MDT Print View

Have the best time ever Ben! Sadly, my columbus weekend trip has a pack already weighing in at 15lbs...I have no idea how you're doing it, but keep it up. Be sure to tour the viet cong tunnel systems and hire a junk to tour hao long bay!

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Thanks! on 10/12/2010 09:27:21 MDT Print View

Thanks, Conrad.

Just a few more hours to go before hitting the airport. Everything all done -- except an EXTREME FRUSTRATION with my new iPad!!

Ah me... I bought the iPad specifically for this trip -- so I can avoid hauling 5 different guidebooks. Well, yesterday, I synced my iPad via iTunes on my PC. A message came up saying there was a new software update for my iPad. I downloaded the thing (2 friggin' hours!) and then the software proceeded to run -- and then returned with an "unknown error"!!! WTF?

So I clicked the restore button -- and then got another "unknown error -- restore failed!! Now, my iPad is completely unuseable! Great, spent $550 buying it and another $100+ on guidebooks (PDF files) and a few appls. All wasted.

Just tossed the 5 guidebooks into my pack. Sigh....

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Thanks! on 10/12/2010 10:10:14 MDT Print View

Ben,
I know it's late in the game, but you might be able to hand off the iPad to a friend who could get things straightened out and then ship it to you.

Or Not. And just leave the tech stuff at home ;-)

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Re: Thanks! on 10/12/2010 11:55:55 MDT Print View

If Ben is still checking the site, which Target Embark backpack? The 1) two pocket with shock cord on front or the 2) two pocket with front mesh pocket or 3) four pocket laptop backpack? Just curious.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Target Embark on 10/12/2010 16:53:16 MDT Print View

I'm still here. Just waiting for the last load of laundry to finish. :)

I went to the Apple store this morning and they reset my pad to factory settings. I had a couple of hours' pleasure re-synching and re-customizing my apps and data files. But at least everything is in good order now. I certainly won't be synching while on the road...

John -- this is my pack -- $9 during "Back to School" sale.