About ten years back, I really wanted to do a transcontinental (USA) ride by the time I turned 50. I wanted to do it as a milestone at my half century of life on this planet. The only real obstacle to this goal would have been a lack of vacation time or the impracticality of quiting my job at the time or not being financial independent enough to pull it off. Much has happened since then. A family medical crisis, a financial crisis, a job/career crisis, a marital crisis later, and I'm looking at a whole new lifestyle at 50. Realistically, I am not going to have a retirement in the conventional sense. So I've been thinking lately that it would be great to just get rid of all the stuff that's anchoring me down and set off on a migratory bicycling odyssey, starting with the contiguous states of the USA, a southern route in the winter, head north up one coast in the spring, a northern route in the summer and head south down the opposite coast in the fall. I could expand northward and southward and inward, following major rivers and continental divides. I would do odd jobs like window washing, yard work, light carpentry with borrowed tools to pay for essentials, as barter for food and shelter (a place to pitch a tent) along the way, keep some money in a bank so that I could use a debit card for emergency expenses, replace/upgrade gear, access enrichment resources and communicate by Internet with wifi at Starbucks and McDonalds or public libraries and use a cell phone, keeping in touch with family and loved ones, coordinating connections with others on the road. I would have time do volunteer work following disasters like oil spills and hurricanes or social relief work to provide food and shelter to others, coordinating with these opportunities over the Internet. Maybe I could even get paid for speaking to groups or writing a book. Then, South America (after I learn Spanish and maybe a little Portuguese), Europe, Asia and Africa. To me, this would be very fulfilling in my "retirement" years and I would probably be as healthy as ever. Fulfilling, yes, but is it too ambitious? Does anyone know of this kind of lifestyle being pursued before? Has anyone written about it? I haven't been able to find anything yet. Please reply.