Apparently some of you weren’t aware, that due to our extra year spent in Asia (because of the eye treatments in Singapore), it had a ripple effect on our plans to get home. We had changed our original 5.5 year trip to 6.5 years. We are spending this year getting across the Indian Ocean, and arriving to South Africa close to the end of the year (during their spring/summer). Then we were going to cross to South America and spend next year’s hurricane season with the boat at a marina (in Brazil) while we traveled over land to the many countries there. Then, during the winter months in the northern hemisphere we were going to make our way across the Caribbean and Bahamas and return in the summer of 2016.
During our lengthy time here in Mauritius, we have decided on a new plan. We’ve been longing to get back home and take a break from the travel, and we decided we can do the South America sightseeing later (with or without the boat). But, we still very much want to complete the circumnavigation. So, we are going to attempt to sail at a brisk pace from South Africa early next year and get back to the states before next year’s hurricane season in June. So, June 2015 instead of 2016.
We are excited by the prospect of getting back to the USA sooner, but we have a LOT of sailing to do between now and then (over 10,000 miles from Mauritius back to North Carolina). Things have to go very smoothly for us to get through the Caribbean before the hurricane season. These plans have a chance of being delayed due to circumstances beyond our control (like weather, boat issues, health, etc.). But, there’s a good chance we can make it happen.
Karen and I have not figured out what we will do after we finally get back to the States. We don’t know where we will live, what we will do (travel, start another business, buy a house, settle somewhere, or continue to live on the boat). We expect to initially head back to North Carolina (where we started) and spend some time reconnecting with family and friends. We hope the best ideas for the future will come to us between now and then.