Summaries of Days 13 & 14 – Stoners, Punks, & Values

Over the past three days, I’ve done a lot of thinking about what my life will look like after this trip is over. I think I’ve made considerable progress. And I might have a stoner chick to thank for the idea that sparked my imagination. Route Updates For all the miles and hours I’ve logged over the past two days, Read More …

Summaries of Days 11 & 12 – Polo Shirts & Khakis

Today definitely wasn’t the relaxing and carefree day I had intended it to be. But in spite of (and in fact, owing to) my aggravation, I believe today may have marked a turning point for me. For the first time since this trip began, I am less certain that this lifestyle will merely be a temporary thing. What I am Read More …

Summaries of Days 2 & 3 – Setback, Disaster, & Recovery

The past 48 hours have been insane. Where do I begin,except at the beginning? For the record, my route the past two days has been: Sioux Falls, Welcome, Rochester, Winona, La Crosse, Green Bay, La Crosse, Winona, Rochester. Stipulations and Orders Once I retired and left Green Bay, I really didn’t want any surprises waiting for me. That’s why I Read More …

Home Sweet Home

When I finish my tour of North America at the end of this year, not only will I have to find a new job, but I’ll have to find a new home, as well. Although I believe finding a home will be relatively easier than finding a new job, the hunt will not be without obstacles. The Chicken and the Read More …

The Ottawa Trip

I’ve just returned from a weekend road trip to Ottawa. Apart from a few minor in-state excursions, this was my final trip before the North American Tour. This was also the only trip I’m taking in 2017 that lies to the east of Green Bay. My reasons for visiting Ottawa were fairly whimsical. I had passed Ottawa last fall during my Read More …

Employment Criteria and New Business Ideas

Continuing off of last week’s post about what I perceive to be my value in the job market, I thought I would share my thought process regarding rejoining the workforce, including my criteria for finding new employment and my thoughts on a possible new business. Money Isn’t the Big Factor The whole point of selling my house was to give myself Read More …

Finishing the Last Big Step – Home Sold

This morning, I accepted an offer to purchase my home, signaling completion of the final obstacle (apart from closing) I had to overcome before I reach Independence Day. My home is sold! Owning Real Estate is a Pain in the Ass Four years ago, I had a very different outlook than I do today. I believed in the American Dream. Read More …

The Winona Trip and Personal Struggles

In recent weeks, I’ve made two major payments on my final student loan. I’m poised to make the last big payment to get the balance down to zero in just a few days. I’ve made steady progress on all of the logistical work I have to do to sell my home and prepare for this trip. Despite this progress, the last six Read More …

Travel Companions or Solo Travel?

I have had a recurring fantasy of meeting some foreign couple during my trip, and running off with them to visit their home country. No doubt, this fantasy has been conjured in my imagination from a scene in some movie. It may be fun to experience adventures with fellow travelers. But at least in the beginning, I will be embarking Read More …