I am moved to tears, thinking of the kindness so many of you have shown me already. Everyone's doing so much for me. If this is indicative of America as a whole, I know it must be the best country in the world! (Right up there with Australia.)
Here's the deal: I'll try to make the occasional post chronicling my adventures so you can keep track of me. I can't promise how often as I will be entirely dependent on the abundant kindness of other people for computer and internet access. And maybe I won't be as candid as you might like, as I have to respect other people's privacies. I'll tag them "america" so you can keep track of them and easily filter just for those posts if you need to catch up.
I hope to meet a lot of you there. Where convenient, I am sure my hosts will put the word out for furry gatherings to meet the Australian rat. I've expressed my desire to meet lots of furries. What better way to get over any lingering sociophobia?
Speaking of which, I am deeply saddened to be leaving ristin behind. I didn't realise it until today, but I'm really going to be missing him. I know he wouldn't be able to follow where I'm going. His own fear of crowds would hold him back. It's ironic, because this adventure would have been unthinkable before I met him. I've never done anything like this before, but I know I can do it. He's given me the confidence to believe in myself. It leaves me thinking I haven't done as much for him... :/
This trip is a tribute to his love.
Here's a rough (and at times speculative) breakdown of my itinerary:
Jan 14-17: San Jose
Jan 18-21/22: Further Confusion
Jan 23-28: Denver
Jan 28-31: Wichita
Jan 31-Feb 3: New Jersey
Feb 3-7: New York