I think I may spend more time preparing for this trip than I actually will on the road. Right now I’m wasting my time watching travel shows, which I’ve been recording using the search function on my Tivo. What I’ve learned so far is that travel show hosts are terminally perky, and their shows are mainly engaged in selling the places they visit. Not that that stops me, of course. If there’s anything I love, it’s a pointless waste of time, especially if I can skip the ads.