Preparations for this trip began just over three years ago after returning from New Zealand, when I moved from my hometown of Stuart to Boca Raton, FL., resuming my university study of the biological sciences. Being monetarily broke and driving the wrong bike for this type of trip, I was staring down a challenge to become ready by my graduation. Fortunately, scholarships and grants covered my tuition and most of my apartment costs, so my job at the local off-campus college textbook store expanded my savings. July last year, I hopped a plane to Denver, CO and purchased my first KTM, a 2005.5 950 Adventure, bringing what had been previously just a few words on a piece of paper and some fanciful ideas, into the tangible realm.
MY TWO-WHEELED HOME (Boca Raton, FL 9/1/2010)
In the past month I’ve reduced my possessions to only those that can be carried on my moto, left my apartment, and quit my job. I intended to work through the beginning of the Fall college semester, the busiest season of the year, but the pressure was building. A decent amount of preparation still remained. My girlfriend would be moving to Atlanta to pursue her Ph.D. at GSU. I weighed spending my last moments working 10 or more hours per day in a stressful work environment vs. sharing them with loved ones and finishing preparations. Although I consider many of the people I worked with friends, something had to give. I as well as many others would claim I’m a masochist had I chosen to stay.
Prior to leaving the country, I’ll be visiting family and friends in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. With today’s exodus from Boca Raton, my course is set for North Carolina and Tennessee’s Tail of the Dragon. ETA: 2-3 weeks.
Hasta la próxima vez!