I'm gearing up for a long ride. I don't have a specific destination...only a list of things I want to see and experience. I don't know how long I'll be gone. Hopefully long enough to forget the life I'm leaving. I plan to use this time to write about the sights, experiences, and beauty along the journey. I also plan to write about my life. I've realized that I've lived an extraordinarily unique life. Some of you might enjoy reading about my unique life. But, mostly this is for me. I feel like I've been treading water in a hurricane since 9/11. My arms are tired and it's time to take a long break.There's nothing like a ride without a destination to help bring one's life back to center. I'm not one to play the victim card but, God, things spun out of control fast. How did my life turn out like this? I've done the right thing all my life. Yet, I'm a 41 year old combat veteran who's starting his life over. I hope reconnect with myself and discover a life worth living.