Around the World in a Power Wheelchair (and other assorted equipment) – 21/06/17 to 27/o9/17
Brutus said Caesar was ambitious …
But not as ambitious as two well-seasoned travellers even after one of them is now a C5:C6 incomplete quadriplegic!
100 days, staying in four places in three countries, no problem; two cruises, why not; multiple flights, piece of cake!
I am writing this blog to document all the obstacles we needed to overcome both in the planning and during the actual trip. I did the initial planning while Arthur spent sleepless nights worrying about the nitty gritty and doing the actual bookings.
Just because a website says wheelchair accessible doesn’t mean you can get into the shower or manoeuvre a hoist under a bed, or even get around easily.
We have now secured what look like good places in Nice and La Ciotat, France, Deddington, near Oxford, Montreal and Vancouver.
In Nice we have booked a room at the Ibis Styles for one night after we fly in and for two nights before we fly to London.
At La Ciotat we have a modern 4BR house through Airbnb that we will share for 4 weeks with our daughter and her family.
In Deddington we have a 1BR apartment which was modified for the owner’s father who had Parkinson’s.
Montreal will be in another 1BR apartment downtown, and for the first week in Vancouver we are staying in a hotel because BC hasn’t sorted out problems with registering places with Airbnb yet.
The two cruises are:-
Norwegian Fjords on Norwegian Jade for 10 daysGlacier Bay & Inside Passage on the Zaandam (Holland America)
The next challenge was to find rental vehicles in each place.
Once you go looking for anything to do with disability the price sky rockets. Also, we wanted a vehicle, if possible, where I could wheel into the space beside the driver. We needed a vehicle for France, England and two places in Canada (Montreal and Vancouver). And every place offered different types of vehicle.
France – this turned out to be the most expensive, mainly because our preferred vehicle was only available in Lille, the other end of the country and had to be delivered in Nice, at an exorbitant cost – not sure why. And while we were vacillating, we missed out on our first choice until our third week there. We will have a Peugeot Expert for the first 10 days, then a Citroen Berlingo, which has a space next to the driver.
England and Canada were much cheaper, although our vehicle for England is one where I will be sitting behind the driver. It is a Peugeot Expert, the same vehicle we will have in France for the first 3 weeks. The vehicles in Canada are much the same size.
To be continued …
Saturday 4 March 2017
Just an update regarding my sharing issues. I think I may have finally got it sorted – I hope!