Things got very busy the last year before leaving. We took the boat out of the water for painting and emptied out the house to get it ready to rent. It was a lot of hard physical work, good training for cruising! Once those two major things were completed we had three months left to go. In the last few months we wondered if we had lost our minds and were crazy to be going on the trip. At the same time we were afraid something would happen to prevent us from going. We scaled some hurdles in the last two months by sheer determination and left the dock January 29th 2011. It's true what everyone says, the minute you leave the dock you feel free. Al played the John Lennon song Starting Over and we sat there saying to each other, "I can't believe it".
The previous posts tell the story of the trip from beginning to end. We kept a journal and ship's log so we can write a more detailed account later on if we want to.