They’ve extended the window of opportunity until Dec. 31, 2007 to order an OLPC under the Give One Get One marketing plan. I ordered mine on the first day (Nov. 12th) and got an email saying it should arrive between Dec 14th and 24th. This means we’ll be posting how it does/does not work for it’s intended purpose: blogging/uploading photos while on the road. Specifically, to blog our next long bike ride on Adventure Cycling’s Underground Railroad route in 2009 on our way to the Mennonite Church USA biennial convention. Though I have to add, that every time I say we’re riding to Columbus, Ohio, Dave looks kinda sad… what he really wants to do is ride to the Mennonite World Conference in Paraguay (summer 2009). Yes, you can get there from here – on a bicycle.
My only problems with that are time, money and piranahs in the jungle. I’ve seen photos of those “bridges” we’d have to cross. It’s either that or the Andes (?) mountains. Oh, and did I mention money? I once figured (we actually have talked about this sort of seriously) we’d have to have $20,000 in the bank before we left to cover all our insurances, house-related expenses, conference-related expenses, the actual bike ride, travel home and living expenses for the month of school before Dave would get his first paycheck. Of course, we’d both be out of work for the six months on the road as well. The actual ride expenses would be the least of it. Maybe.
Fund-raising bike rides, if you’re going for more than, say $10,000, are quite a lot of work. We’ve met other riding raisers who’ve spent a year ahead of the ride working on it. Don’t have that kind of time. While sponsors could possibly help defray our costs, it could be a fair amount of work to raise the 20k before we even start raising anything else.
Maybe I’ll ride to Columbus and Dave will ride to Paraguay. Just kidding.
So, we’ll have ours (OLPC) and be trying it out in time to let you all know how well the little guy works!