The Man

“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!

Another late night at the office, slaving over the blog. You're welcome!

I hope you enjoy my updates and thanks for following along with me!


13 Responses to The Man

  1. cindy says:

    Conor, this is great!

  2. John Newman says:

    Conor, I passed along the link to Bob. We both love it, being stuck in our ruts in NYC. Don’t you get stuck in any ruts while your riding! Enjoy the experience and put me on the roster for your next adventure.

    And the writing is fabulous, I just re-read Day 22 (Natchez Trace) to Harriet and she agreed she would almost let me take my wheels and join you next time. Don’t get in any accidents and ruin my chances. 😉

  3. Isaac Maldonado says:

    donde quiera que vayas o estes que Dios te bendiga, te conoci en Cohauila, mi nombre es Isaac el del trailer amarillo,takecare and God bless

  4. Kiki Medrano says:

    Saludos Amigo Conor
    Suerte en tu travesía, que dios ilumine tu camino y te acompañe hasta tu destino.
    Te esperamos con los brazos abiertos el dia que quieras regresar por estas tierras…en Sinaloa hay gente buena…!!!
    Luis Enrique Medrano

  5. Joe Cav says:

    Yo Conor!!

    Roll, brother!! Easy rider’s got nothing on you. I woulda shoulda coulda done it years ago. Now it’s maybe if I go into business for myself or retire…….if my biological hummer is still up for it then…

  6. Jim Cogan says:

    I have just seen this blog and I will follow it with envy

  7. JOC says:

    go neirigh on bothar leat Conor. Just caught with your blog Conor, great to see you on this great adventure and wishing I could there especially with this cold, dark and dam evenings in Ireland. Wishing you a safe journey and lots of adventure and looking forward to catching up when you are next in Ireland! joc

  8. lizgoodroe says:

    Conor, not sure you remember me, but at one time, we were on the treadmill called Hemscott. What you’re doing is amazing and inspiring! I’ll look forward to reading more posts, safe travels!

  9. It appears the blog stops in Columbia…. did you make it to your goal?

  10. Hola Conor, me he encontrado tu sitio gracias a los videos de Fernando Quemada, otro biker vagabundo del mundo. Que bien, que puedas viajar por todo America y te empiezo a seguir hoy. Saludos desde Temecula, CA.

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