Unshackled After 28 years, my company was closing its Colorado office. Too young to retire, the only question became, what to do with this extended vacation? Unshackled from daily responsibilities, nothing, I concluded, would heal the mind and buoy spirits like an epic motorcycle adventure. But where? There were a few states on the East Coast I had yet to ride; that could be interesting. Then I discovered the Continental Divide Trail. Originally devised for bicyclists, it follows the rugged spine of the Rocky Mountains, crossing the Continental Divide 27 times. Spanning 3,100 miles, you go from the sweltering deserts of Mexico to the stunning dagger peaks of Canada – all on dirt roads! The route promises some of the loveliest and loneliest land this country has to offer. I had found my adventure.