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An idea for the UK HU meeting (and maybe the others) - a possibility Grant?
A Scratch Patch
We all know how expensive these overland travel dreams can be, but also how you often manage to accumulate travel equipment and bits and pieces that just end up gathering dust.
That thingiemabob that you have been meaning to give away for ages could be exactly what some skint newbie is in need of before a first trip.
How about a table set aside inside as the Scratch Patch at the UK HU meet? A place where people can put those extra inner tubes for the bike that they already sold but forgot to give to the new owner(clearly labelled as to size of course ); that jerry that you bought that doesn't fit your mountings; that Lonely Planet for Mongolia - anything that might be a big help to someone else.
It doesn't need to be a 'personed' table because it is a browse and help yourself idea.
I am leaving the UK for Oz and it just isn't sensible to take some of the stuff with me. I am much happier to just pass it on to someone who will find it useful. I have a feeling there are a few people who feel the same and would be happy to bring some stuff along.
A good idea?
(of course, anything that does not find a home by the end of the weekend will need to be reclaimed)
Think this is a great idea. On other forums, they have a 'pay it forward' section. In essence the same thing as you're describing. An advertiser says i've got X. The responder says "i'll take it", and pays the advertiser for postage only.
This is a great idea. I still have a bunch of maps, some foreign money, guidebooks, etc. that I don't want. I bet theres loads of stuff out there begging for a home. If everyone only brought one map say, that'd be 400 maps!
Anyway, I'll keep an eye on this thread and bring some stuff if Grant and Susan give it the go-ahead.
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This is an excellent idea.. I will bring a bunch of stuff as well.. May I also suggest a list of stuff that is too big/ too heavy to bring along. maybe a photo.
for example i have a standard shock and front springs that I will give/ donate (please note also posted on my local site.. so may not last).. but i dont want to carry them up and then back (if not gone).. so I would prefer just a list as well..
by the way I have to admit i stole this idea of a pay it forward and suggested it to my local site.. thanks..
Well as we are in the pocess of clearing out the house for our immenent departure I am sure we will be able to find a mountain, well maybe a small koppie, of stuff. I do have loads of bike cleaning stuff which I don't use on our new bikes...they don't deserve it yet ;-
Well see how much we can fit on the might steeds
Now, how to make sure that all 520 people see this post and respond appropriately
Note to self: first check the rest of the site, including the meeting schedule etc, before making rash statements. The Scracth patch is clearly advertised in the UK Meeting link.
Location: somewhere on the road between Ushuaia and Alaska
What a fantastic idea!!!
I just came back from a France trip where I used the map I bought back in 1998. I was also given a map from some other travellers in the Pyrenees Orientales. I knew I wouldn't be going there again (don't get me wrong: the Pyrenees were AWESOME) – so I threw them into my paper recycling as I couldn't be bothered about the ebay-way
Will dig them out from that recycling box & bring them to the meeting )
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