We received our pre-departure information by email on Friday which I printed out and then carefully saved to my Outlook "OzBus" folder. I went to check something out this morning and couldn't find it in my folder list. Help! Then I remembered that I had been using my netbook at the time and when I checked there it was - on the mini computer. How does that work? I thought Outlook information stayed the same whatever computer I was on. No doubt someone in the office will take delight in patiently explaining my dumb ignorance! Anyway, I emailed it to myself, so now I have it saved in two places. Are computers are a blessing or a CURSE?
Sorry, I digress. The Oz-Bus team also set up a facebook group for us get to know each other before the trip and immediately the lines were buzzing. There are 15 fellow travellers and I have had contact with 7 of them, 3 of whom are ladies of a similar (although younger) age. I have asked if it's OK to record their names, ages and a few personal details in this blog, so I'm waiting word back on that.
One lady, Pat, read my dilema with the luggage and being a seasoned Oz-Bus traveller was able to offer this advice.
Hi Ann, I saw you were unsure of which bag to bring!
Well I have attached a photo of my Swiss Army backpack on wheels. I got it in Sydney. Its about 22" in height and has a detachable day bag. I left the day bag attached and used another one on my back. I NEVER put the big one on my back! Way too heavy! It can be a little difficult on rough terrain - just make sure you get the best you can afford so the wheels will last. Mine cost about 200 euro but was well worth it!
We can vow to help each other up and down stairs - as this I found the hardest part!
Now there's a gal after my own heart! She reinforced my original thinking, which was to buy wheelable luggage. So, I think the little pink rucksack number is going to be returned to sender. Unfortunately the rucksack Pat recommends doesn't appear to be on sale in the UK and I can't find anything similar, so I've contacted the makers for their advice on how to buy it direct.
Bob Hope - "A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it."
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