While I don’t have quite the same fetish for making lists and/or spreadsheets as some people in my family, I have to admit that I’ve been enjoying all of the planning for our trip. This is a good thing, since I have a suspicion that we have a very shallow understanding of all the requirements at this point. There is still a lot of list-making and note-taking to go.

At this point, we have a high-level list that looks something like this:

  1. Get in shape
  2. Figure out a route
  3. Learn Japanese
  4. Build touring bikes
  5. Get gear for camping/traveling
  6. Do a couple of short training trips

This is probably more than enough to keep us busy for the rest of the year. We’ll record as much as we can here for other people who are wondering how to plan similar trips. Hopefully someone will find it helpful…