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The original plan was to spend 9 months in the USA, but for one reason and another (mainly a poor exchange rate) we only lasted 6 months which resulted in us finishing our USA in New York before heading to New Zealand. The original plan is here as a record.


  • Doobie Doo gets full service and pre-trip once over at Conrico - 27th February 2009;
  • Packing out Doobie Doo for shipping - 5th & 6th March 2009;
  • Delivery of Doobie Doo for shipping - 9th March 2009;
  • Farewells to Scottish friends & family - Easter Weekend;
  • Finish working for a year - 30th April 2009;
  • Fly to Los Angeles - 2nd May 2009;
  • Arrive Los Angeles - 2nd May 2009, that's when the adventure starts;
  • Collect Doobie Doo from San Pedro - 4th to 6th May 2009;
  • Travel to & visit San Francisco - 6th to 14th May 2009;
  • Travel to & visit Las Vegas - 14th to 18th May 2009;
  • Travel to Colorado - 19th to 24th May 2009;
  • Stay in Colorado - 24th May to 20th June 2009;
  • Travel up the West Coast to Canada - 20th June to 12th July 2009;
  • Tour Western Canada - 12th July to 14th August 2009;
  • Travel to New York State & visit family - 14th August to 16th September 2009;
  • Travel to New Hampshire - 16th to 20th September 2009;
  • Stay in New Hampshire for the fall - 20th September to 17th October 2009;
  • Travel to & visit New York - 17th October 2009 to 21st October 2009;
  • WHERE IT ALL CHANGED FROM THE PLAN
  • New York to San Diego - 21st October to 4th December 2009;
  • Stay in San Diego - 4th December 2009 to 5th January 2010;
  • Ship Doobie Doo to New Zealand - early December 2009;
  • Tour New Zealand - early January to mid March 2010;
  • Ship Doobie Doo to UK - mid March 2010;
  • Visit Australia - mid March to mid April 2010;
  • Back to UK - mid April 2010;
  • Visit Scotland - late April 2010;
  • Back to work - early May 2010.