Well, as per the last change in flights I was about to leave familiar ground sometime next week, and as my graduation would not be happening before that time, I had to change my flight again. This has been the third time that I moved up my flight to a later date; let's hope that three times is a charm!
As I already said in my last post here, I hope to graduate somewhere at the end of May but I left some room for error in my planning. If indeed graduate at the end of May, I have some more time to prepare and try out equipment.
The flight that I now planned leaves Schiphol in the evening of June 25th, and brings me back there on August 26th (very early in the morning). Which means that I have a full two months to cycle through New Zealands winter scenery.
And a while ago I made an extensive list of camping equipment that I need to take along with me on this winter trip, and a lot of items need to be considered. For example I am not sure which tent to take and if either one can handle a couple inches of snow that well. And because of winter, my bike also needs another set of rubber as the Schwalbe Marathon Supremes do not handle snow that well .. need something like the Schwalbe Marathon XR or the new Schwalbe Marathon Extreme (both 2.25" wide).
But for now my focus is on my thesis and graduation ...