Chapter 1: I Must Be Trippin’.
This summer I plan to take the biggest road trip of my life.
And to say that I am a little intimidated is like saying Kanye West is a little outspoken.
My journey will eventually take me to every state in the continental US. And as a former long-haired hippy who hitchhiked, broke-as-a-joke across America back in the ‘60’s , it’s not the length of the trip that frightens me. It’s the things I plan to do along the way - and the fact that I have to figure out how to do the whole thing for free – that really scares me.
Before I go into the scary things (in the next chapter), I’ll ask the big question that’s probably on a lot of people’s mind….Why? Why would a semi-retired guy who lives a comfortable life in a great place, surrounded by amazing people want to do such a thing?
Because I can.
And because I must.
I can because I am blessed with good health, adequate time, a comfortable, gas efficient car, and a few friends and family along the way who I hope will put me up and put up with me. (And if those people are reading this, I promise I won’t break the “Company-Is-A-Lot-Like-Fish-Because-They-Both-Start-To-Stink-Bad-After-3-Days” rule).
I must because I need to break out of my comfort zone. In the brief time I have been semi-retired, I’ve spent way too much time binge watching Netflix, surfing the web, and just plain goofing off. It may be great for others, but it makes me feel like I’m not doing enough with the gifts I have been given.
I must because I want to honor some dear friends who passed away before they got to do the big dreams that scared them. I know that some of them will be with me in spirit.
I must because there are a lot of people who can’t make such a journey right now or ever – for many legitimate reasons – so I want them to live vicariously through me as I share this trip with them.
And I must because I believe there are a lot of incredible, life-affirming stories out there that need to be told and shared with others who need encouragement.
So for those reasons and those people, I am about to embark on an epic road trip around one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I’m sure there will be times when it won’t be easy, but I’m confident that in the end it will be well worth it.
Especially if I have good company along for the ride.
And with that said, I hope you will become one of the inspiring stories from the road Les traveled.
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