Welcome to Ride Off Into the Sunset!
This little vanity site is my way to keep a record of my adventures surrounding an upcoming trip across the country on my motorcycle and to keep those who are interested up to date on what I’m doing – before, during, and possibly even after the run.
So What’s the Run?
Well, the details are still a bit on the fuzzy side, but the short version is this: I’m going to get rid of all my worldly possessions and ride my motorcycle from my current apartment on the East Coast to someplace on the West Coast, where I will stop (or at least pause) and set up v.2.0 of my life.
Where on the West Coast?
That’s one of the parts that’s still up in the air. Current front runners are (in no particular order) Los Angeles, the Bay Area (Oakland / east side more likely than the west side), Portland Oregon, and Seattle Washington. Portland and Seattle area are edging out slightly in front of the others mostly because I would miss the color green too much if I went much further south.
What Inspired This?
A lot of different things all coalesced to create the foundation of this little adventure of mine, but at its most simplistic: I will never have a better time in my life in which to do this. I have little to no responsibilities here. No kids, no significant other, and no mortgage all allow me a level of freedom that many are (justifiably) jealous of. It’s the plus side to that argument that folks always dismiss when they ask me “Yeah, but don’t you want to have kids some day?!”
Why Get Rid of All Your Stuff?
Remember what I was just saying about freedom? Without sounding too flighty, I feel like the nouns we collect in our everyday lives have a way of weighing us down – tethering us. I’m a bit of a minimalist in my everyday life, but now that I have this opportunity, it seemed like the perfect time to lighten that load.
I always loved wilderness survival camping when I was a kid in the Boy Scouts, and this is just the equivalent move for my life. I want to rely on my intellect and resourcefulness to find what I need to get by when I need to – not a closet/apartment/house loaded with stuff just waiting for an opportunity to be useful.
How Can I be In the Know?
- I’m happy to have you come here to this website. My intent is to make this a worthwhile place to visit for a variety of reasons – not the least of which is the blog which will contain all of my daily updates.
- Currently, I’ve set up an RSS feed you can use in your favorite RSS Reader. (*sniff* – Sorry to see you go Google Reader.)
More to Come
I’ll wrap up this post, but rest assured there’s more on the way. In the meantime, I welcome any feedback / thoughts you might have. Just send me your thoughts via the contact page.