Gear is purchased.
One of the first things I learned in the conceptual stage of this venture is that you can find a reason to take anything with you. Deciding our dependence upon the backpack was the first necessity. After consulting contacts who have contacts in South America and doing our own research (WWOOF and hostel programs) we decided that a tent would not be necessary.
One less thing to buy.
One less thing to carry.
Not that we don't intend to sleep under the stars, but consensus is that civilization to civilization is the best method until we make reliable contacts in country. When the time comes, tents are something that can be rented for a nominal fee.
Deciding the necessity of a tent is a minor decision with major implications. This is proving to be an exhausting norm. Of course, there is always a bigger concern to replace any minor victory:
- Reaching financial objectives.
- What to do with essential non-traveling possessions (clothing, car, furniture, cookery)?
This is an abbreviated glance at the constant internal dialogue that is the passion for this trip. In that I mean, the exhaustion of conflict in a "good fight" is part of what makes infamous experiences. What we have put into making the trip of a lifetime a possibility, is what makes it the trip of a lifetime. Because it is difficult, it is great. Because it works, we are strong.