千里之行,始于足下 — “A Journey of a thousand li, begins with a single step”
— Lao-Tzu (604BC-531BC)

What should our first steps be? There is so much to plan, and so much to look forward to. Fortunately, we have time to prepare, and a wealth of information available. We’ll do our best to document the entire process, so that we can (hopefully) inspire others to start their own journeys.

So, what is this journey? It’s a little vague right now (and more than a little ambitious). But it involves the two of us, a couple of bikes, some camping gear, and two plane tickets to Japan. Return dates unknown. It’s a journey away from comfort–not just in terms of living conditions, but away from the comfort and security of steady jobs, employer-provided health care, and regular paychecks. It’s also a journey away from commuting and telecommuting, daily stand-up meetings, office chair exercising, and vested options. Is it going to be difficult? I have no doubt. Is it going to be worth it? That’s a much tougher question. I certainly hope so, but we won’t know until we try.

* For those who didn’t take Chinese 101, a li is a measure of distance (roughly 400-500 meters, depending on your emperor). You can learn all about it on wikipedia.