We’re getting some back issues of Overland Journal but I want to talk to some old-timers who are taking a break from the trail. Maybe one day I will steal a line from Foucault or Deleuze and submit an essay to the editors at OJ. First off, because of skill set and experience, the wife and I will be joining TLCA (Toyota Land Cruiser Association, North America). There are other trail-oriented associations that I would join in addition to TLCA as well. I’ll will know more when I know more. Our objective is for the wife to wander in the existential abyss while I attempt to look outward in the effort to undo the riddle of psychological trauma (I have twice been on life support and am uncertain that I have fared any better since the vents have been disconnected). Our youngest son, the last child born between us and my only son is coming along. We are the only family each of us has got. I have found that in life most chit is machine-like. Heading to parts unknown might be the only shot for the family to grow and heal for sometime to come. Regardless all the pieces are on the table, we’re just earnestly trying to make all the pieces fit. Undoubtedly, some portion will fit together exquisitely. Meaning, all of our lives will be enriched or affirmed. No joke, we are planning a 12mo. run across parts of America. I have at max 24 mo.s to build the rig and contribute to the overall itinerary or divorce papers will be in the offering... but I do not need much motivation for I have long wanted to see or revisit; The Breckenridge Library at Yale, a handful of trails that the TLCA runs along, Pritzker recipient designed buildings, the Guggenheim in Manhattan, and countless other notable expressions of mere men and women. On the road we will have passive income which should be adequate for the trip but a detriment to our savings. So we cannot screw around at the outset where the build of the 80 is concerned. We are diverting most of our funds from savings for the slow acquisition of some $20K+ destined for the truck. Incidentally, the very thing I want most for the build is probably the very thing I can least afford... ain’t that the too oft told story. lol. Budget is uncertain (we estimated that we will depart with a minimum of $6K in savings allotted for fuel reserve), logistics are crude at this point and as such drawn very rough, 2020 seems so far away and to be frank, the shaping or forming a plan is somewhat overwhelming, it is not an easy estimation for lay people. And we all know, time has a funny way of running-out quickly. I know in my own experience, the line separating triumph from catastrophe has pivoted on matters of seconds and inches. That’s to say, in the real world, in real time there are moments that run head long into the worst possible outcome... ...and in those moments; out on the trail, far from a steady hand when everyone is busted and bruised would another individual stake the life of their child on Life Flight or a SAT Phone?