So today I took off into the blackness for parts unknown.
After weeks of prepping, scavenging, researching, engineering and planning I finally set off to do what I'd always wanted to do. To discover some systems of my own. Now I know that this notion may seem quaint and lacking ambition given how may systems lie undiscovered relatively close to the bubble, but as with all things it's nice to be able to put your name to something, and I like the idea of a future explorer coming across some interesting corner of the Milky Way and seeing 'Baron Von Dirgo' beat them to it. So after pumping myself up at a small asteroid station a few jumps outside the bubble I tipped my hat to habitable space and left in my 58ly Asp X Jessica.
Who knows where I'll eventually end up, but for starters I've got a 17,000ly trip out east, or clockwise, or whatever it's called, to the edge of the Orion spur. From there we'll see what happens.
After some sightseeing at some geysers just because and about 12 jumps in I come across my first undocumented system. A pair of binary stars orbiting opposite each other in a system 70,000ls across and 45 astronomical bodies in total. Scanning it took a while but I was the first. When I finally get home and log it then SYNUEFAI HG-Z B58-1 will have my name on for all to see.
So mission accomplished for now I guess. But I won't stop there. After putting down on a hill on a dark moon around a gas giant I dubbed Joe's Bluff for the night I take stock of the trip so far. Why turn back now? I've got 294 jumps to go just to start and how many other systems might I find on that journey? Who knows. But I'll find out.
Looking forward to the next leg.