Edit: I have incorrectly closed my SmugMug account, so for the time being there are no pictures until later in the report in Mexico, when I switched to Photobucket. I will return and repost picture links when I have access to a laptop. Thanks for your patience, Jr. for two years, or more, maybe less.. I don't know, lets see what happens. This will be an open ended trip with no real goals or any real purpose, other than to take a break from the grind of the rat race, to see the world, and with luck gain some more perspective. Christmas Day 2013, I had nothing better to do than go climb a mountain. It was an incredibly beautiful day and I had the world to myself. The roads were empty, there was no other hikers, there was no wind blowing and it was 16F out. Even the birds were still. And as I sat there scrolling through ride reports here on ADV the seed was planted "Why can't I do this?" Well, I have no dependents and no family ties to this area, no relationship prospects, my dog had passed a month before, a job I have been doing for twenty years and had no joy or challenge in anymore and an old house that took a lot of wood and maintenance to keep warm. Screw this! I'm out! I do have to give a lot of credit for this decision to John Downs, I don't know the man but reading his ride report http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076 has made me realize that maybe I can do this too. So January 1st I submitted my resignation and started the ball rolling. My last day was May 30th. My lease was up at the end of May as well. I sold, gave away, threw out, dispersed or stored my belongings and basically made it impossible for me to back out. Very good friends of mine allowed me to stay in their hunting cabin for the summer. This was an excellent experience as it allowed me to decompress a little bit, have a summer off, Yeah! Right! and basically get my shit together and prepare for this trip without the distractions of life. That and four months of no bills allowed me to save some money. My friends have a small farm in the most picturesque part of southern VT so I've been quite busy earning my keep, with lots of projects coming and going. You see my friend has a little side business of fixing and restoring Land Cruisers, which is also my other hobby. So we've been cranking out all manner of things this summer. The Cabin .