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|Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2013-07-12 19:55:12 | Washington, D. C., Washington, D.C., United States|
Keywords: gear, luggage, replacement
|What? Already a new luggage? Did I need more space? Did I not like the colour of my old one anymore? Nope. Simply because my old faithful wheeled suitcase broke down. I don't know exactly when it happened... but I realized something was wrong about it when I climbed hills to reach my room in Washington's suburbs. I had to drag that beast along.|
It had taken me months to find the
perfect luggage for my trip to Europe 2 years ago. And when I began
planning for this journey, that luggage was still in perfect
condition so I decided to keep it and use it. I had used it during 3
long weeks in Europe, for many trips within Canada and USA too. In
total, she has served for over 12 000 km of ground travels and about
half a dozen flights. So, I understand for her to be tired... I just
wished she had given me some signs rather than quit me abruptly.
The container was fine... and was
holding all that I needed. I was thinking about doing most of my US
segments with her... but one of her wheel broke down and it had
become too much of a pain to literally drag all my life possessions
on the asphalt and cement. See what it did to the wheel who didn't
want to roll anymore (the one in the upper side of the picture).
So, my priority in DC was not to take
pictures or visit sites anymore... it was to replace my luggage and
get a new one to leave in 2 days for the next stop. I wasn't
expecting to find a perfect luggage like my old one... but I knew I
needed something functional and above all, I had to make sure I could
fit everything I had.
I went to a first store, didn't really
find what I wanted... unless I was willing to pay $150... which I
wasn't. I went into another store and I found this one for $90. The
selection to chose from was slim, had only 2 models available
corresponding to my needs. I was happy with this grey one and I
bought her as my new travel companion. It's a lot roomier, but I
don't plan on filling her up.
Had I not had sunburns, I might have
been tempted by a regular backpack... although I didn't know where to
buy such here in DC. I could have found for sure... but I wasn't
mentally ready to switch to the backpack just yet.
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