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The Unexpected Joy of Motorcycle Riding

I may have to add an asterisk to the saying that buying things can't make you happy. I bought a motorcycle, and I'll be damned if it hasn't made me one percent happier than I used to be. Then again, we all know that spending money on experiences can make you happy. A motorcycle isn't just a vehicle to move you from place to place-- it's an experience every time you ride it.

My brother has loved motorcycles for as long as I can remember. So has my uncle. But despite "the disease" obviously mixed up in my blood, I never really thought twice about riding a motorcycle. It was sort of like stamp collecting to me-- something other people do, and obviously derive some sort of pleasure from, but I hadn't given it more than a passing thought.

Last December, for some reason or another, I thought that it would be novel for all of my vehicle registrations, inspections, licenses, etc. to be legal and up to date. I drove my RV back to Texas to renew the registration and get inspected, made sure the insurance was current, and paid off old tickets. The only remaining infraction I was guilty of was driving my folding scooter without a motorcycle license, which is required in California.

Not Quitting This Time

On Steven Dowd

I have been a habitual quitter my whole life, but I will see this trip through to it's completion.

Going by my track record, this project would have a very high probability of failure. I refuse to let that happen in this case. Whether this really is my ultimate dream, or I am just tired of quitting, I will make this a success. Because I am taking such a black and white approach to this, I am going to have to come up with the minimum achievable goals for this journey. Say I start tomorrow, and I immediately hate it and want to quit. I need to have a clear set of objectives I must complete before I can even consider it.

Alaska always comes to mind when I have envisioned this trip, so it seems natural to start there. Although the time of year will definitely affect if that will be possible. I think I would have to start in the spring to give myself enough time to get there and back without running into serious snow. So unless I can get the motorcycle and gear in about a year, I wouldn't be able to start for Alaska until spring 2015. If I miss the 2014 window, I will just stay in the US longer and ride wherever my interest takes me and weather permits, and start for Alaska at the soonest possibility.

After Alaska, I would go south a different route that I took going up, meandering as much as I can while still avoiding the colder weather. Once in Mexico, I think I would like to stay on Baja California to stay with the pacific and to cross over to see the Sea of Cortez when I want. Cabo San Lucas seems like a great place to stop and ponder over my journey thus far. Will that be the beginning of a great journey, or an experience that launches me on to some other endeavor. I feel that I would be able to make an informed choice at that point. I hope that I choose to continue on south after that, but I may be a completely different person at that time.

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