The Count Down Has Begun...


Getting Close

With the loss of Jessica came a flood of changes and a momentary momentum boost to our retirement plan and everything is still progressing as we had imagined it would. My preparation checklist is done enough that we could leave on a moments notice if circumstances advance.


Stages To Countdown

The life changing events leading to our final adventures included:

  • Edison and Jessica moving on.
    • Unfortunately traveling with a dog is ridiculously difficult so we’ve waited for our kids to go.
  • Selling our house
    • This helps fund our retirement and travels.
  • Building an off grid cabin as a basecamp.
    • The cabin is now ready.
  • Taking care of our parents during their final days.
    • We are now at this stage. It is important for us to be here for them when they need us the most.


Current Status

As we spend time taking care of family, I have gotten a part time job at night while Deborah continues to struggle with her routine during the day. It can be scary jumping into the unknown, a place I am very comfortable with, so when she is ready I intend to be beside her as we venture into the great wide open.


Our backpacks are ready and our bikes are nearly ready. I say “nearly” because I still need to sew some frame packs for our Salsa Mukluks. The Surly ECR’s are both ready though I am deciding on whether or not to use panniers – We may go with frame bags as well. I will go into greater detail in another post about the gear we plan on using.


On our list at the moment is to get a couple packrafts. This is something we have been researching for over a year now and we are about ready to commit.




Now that our journeys flow is getting closer I’m feeling the pressure to get into the habit of keeping this site updated so that friends and family can follow along with us. Not only that, but I would also like to use it for my personal discoveries along the way. I am sure there is a way to incorporate Evernote which I have been using for the past few years and it has become invaluable to me.


Until next time, enjoy all of life’s experiences with mindfulness and peace.


Longway is the trail name for Tim Todd and is quite fitting due to the fact that every aspect of his life consist of taking the longest route and time to arrive. For Longway the journey is the destination.

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