“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” – Mark Twain
This blog is about one man taking a break from the corporate treadmill to explore the Americas by motorcycle. I left my home in Maryland in October 2011, and all going well, hope to make it all the way to Tierra Del Fuego in Argentina, the southernmost tip of South America.
I have only the vaguest route, other than to avoid the interstates and big cities. Along the way I hope to see and document spectacular scenery, eat great food, and above all meet interesting people and learn how they live.
Above all, the main goal of this trip is to make time my own for a few short months. All my life I have been working to a schedule, so I want to take a few months for myself where there is no deadline. Just get up in the morning and ride until I feel like stopping.
I’m not a skilled biker. I’m not intending to break any mileage records. The motorcycle is simply the most efficient mode of transport I could think of for a trip like this. A car would be too impractical and expensive given the amount of land/sea crossings I need to to take, and a pedal bike would be too slow for me.
I’m not much of a writer, but I figure even writing up even brief postings will have value, especially to family & friends. I will document the interesting and quirky bits of the trip here. It wont be a linear, day by day blog but instead I’ll post up what I think is worthwhile for you to read. On any long trip like this there will be mundane parts where I’m simply cranking out the miles, so I wont bore you with the minutiae and drudgery of those sections. Just the fun parts, I promise!
I hope you enjoy my updates and thanks for following along with me!