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Old 01-06-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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Unemployed. Between Jobs. On Sabbatical. Temporarily Retired. Whatever I call my exact situation, it means for the first time in my life, I really don't have a time I have to "be someplace".

It's cold and there's snow in Iowa... let's go for a ride.

My name is Kelly and after 18 1/2 years working in IT at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa... I've been presented with the opportunity and decided to take a mid-life retirement. See, I was in the Health insurance area of the company and Principal decided in 2010 to stop selling Health insurance. I hung around to help shut down the business but decided not to take a different job within the company and instead decided to take the parting gifts and try "not working" for awhile. I'm 40... probably a good time to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Principal was a fantastic company to work for and handled the closing of the business unit with a very high level of class and compassion for our customers and the impacted employees. If you're looking for financial and insurance products, you would be well served to consider Principal's offerings. Ok, enough of that.

My last day of work was 12/31/12.

I've been riding since around 10 years old. Started out with a 5hp mini-bike, then a Honda Trail 70... so on and so forth. I'm a bit of a motorcyce hoarder (you have to have the right tool for the job you know) but have been trying to thin out here recently. I rode to work pretty much everyday, try to take several trips around the midwest each year, do some dual sporting, and race local hare scrambles and enduros most weekends in the summer. I raced with a team in the 2007 and 2008 Baja 1000 events (finished both races!). We've done a 24-hour hare scramble down in Alabama. I consider myself a mediocre B-level off road rider and competent street rider. Definitely not a pro off road ace or a roadracer on the street... but I can get around.

I've taken some long weekend trips on my own, but never a cross country type ride by myself. Never had a better time than now (other than it being winter in most of the country). I'm in awe of the guys and gals riding through South America, around the world, etc. Maybe someday, but for now I'm going to get out of Iowa and go where it's warmer. There's a lot of the U.S. I haven't had a chance to see up close and personal. I have no specific itinerary other than I need to be in San Diego on 1/28 to meet Pam, The Girlfriend. She's flying in and we're going to spend a week in San Diego together. She rides, has her own bike, and I really wish she could be riding with me... but alas, someone needs to keep working. Health insurance is a bugger.

I'm going to take my trusty 2011 Triumph Tiger 800XC. Fantastic bike.

Packing was fairly straight forward. I started here... hopeful thinking I guess!

I'm planning on taking off tomorrow morning (1/7/13) and heading south. Will probably ride more or less straight south until I get to Texas, then start doing some exploring. In a few weeks I'll need to start heading to California across southern New Mexico and Arizona.

I'll be using this report to keep family and friends up-to-date and hopefully entertain a few inmates along the way.

If anyone has ideas for great rides, things to do, and places to see, shoot me a message. Would love to meet up with other inmates along the way!

See you on the road!
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." ~ A. Lincoln
'11 Triumph 800XC ABS / '94 Honda XR650L / '06 Yamaha YZ125
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