It has been only a couple of days since the campaign has ended and although we were (and are) super stoked on reaching our goal, there is still a lot left to be done.
These last couple of days we have been trying to figure out the practical side of getting to the bus in Tennessee, getting the bus to the port in Jacksonville and getting back home ourselves. All of this at the best price possible in a country where dogs are not allowed on public transport…
It hasn’t been easy, but as always we have come up with a solution.
We believe that everything happens for a reason and finding our bus in Tennessee was no different, the seller is one of the kindest people we have met during our world travels and is very understanding and willing to work with us to get the bus shipped, so he proposed to drive the bus to Jacksonville himself at the cost of the gas (normally that would have cost us a 1000 usd). His daughter has to play softball in Florida and he himself proposed to make a detour of 500km for us. We’ll rent a car and drive to Atlanta from Austin on the 9th-10th of June and he’ll pick us up at the airport in Atlanta, where we will drop off the car. We’ll join him on the bus and drive for about five hours to Jacksonville, which will actually be our first time on the bus. Can’t wait! His daughter will follow us in another car and once we have arrived there, they will continue their journey to Panama City, Florida.
We’ll arrive in the middle of the night on the 11th and will probably sleep for a couple of hours in the bus till the morning. When we wake up, I’ll have to find a way to get to the airport in Jacksonville and pick up another rental car, that will get us to Miami. We’ll have five days to get there, which gives us a chance to explore Florida, we’ll work our way down using couchsurfing and wild camping.
The main reason why we are not hitchhiking this whole adventure is that we still have Lewis’s big cage with us for his flight back home and that we are on a tight time schedule to get back to Europe and that you almost can’t get anywhere in this huge country without a car.
The total transport cost for all of this will be:
– 450€: flight from Miami to Brussels for 2 people and our dog, long live Jetairfly and skyscanner.
– 360€: 7 days car rental and gas (2000km)
We are very happy to end our world travels with a bit of adventure and are also excited to get back to the mainland. Hope to see you all!
PS: We’ll be landing on the 17th of June, the bus will arrive on the 17th of July. We have started the production of the LbN T-shirts and Jackets. We’ll let you know when we are ready to ship them out to you.