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.
I will have gone at least 10,000 miles once I get to Cabo. In Jupiter's Travels, Ted Simon describes a point in his journey where he feels "seasoned, and no longer expected to make silly mistakes or confront unexpected hazards. I had also developed a battery of useful instincts. I knew when there were thieves around, when the bike had to be protected and when it was safe. More often it was safe. I knew when to expect trouble from strangers, and how to defuse it. I knew what drivers of cars and lorries were going to do before they knew it themselves." This is the state if mind I want to achieve before I would allow myself to move on. If I do not think I have reached that point in Cabo, I would make myself continue on.
This is really only a worst-case scenario I am putting in place in case I have completely misjudged myself and what this journey will mean to me. I still have complete confidence in what I am doing and don't believe I will stop this until I have seen as many places as possible.
Great goal for your life! It is going to make for some awesome stories!
Here are some tips from a guy who cycled around the world:
Best of luck! Will follow !Just go for it! You never know until you try ^^