The Preparation

Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. Satchel Paige

My best friend, Robbie, taught me much and I reciprocated even when he wouldn't listen. But one of the best things he taught me was that before you begin a new endeavor where you want to be successful, YOU MUST STUDY AND PREPARE PROPERLY.

The trip was going to be 32 days, but the preparation began more than nine months in advance and up until we left, we continued to plan.