Houstonian Takes Introspective Motorcycle Ride Across America

See pictures from Sean Mcgee's trip across America.

Since June 7, Houston native Sean Mcgee's been riding an overloaded motorcycle across the U.S. and parts of Canada to retrace a journey laid out by his grandpa about 40 years ago. Along the way, he's trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life.

Sean's grandfather was the patriarch of the family. After serving in the Navy in World War II, he traveled across the Western part of the U.S. before settling down in Texas to start a family. Sean remembers his love for the outdoors, his focus on family and his strong will, saying, "He grew up with nothing, but he never complained or laid down."

When his grandfather passed away two years ago, Sean was left with the feeling that he hadn't appreciated him enough or lived up to his lessons. Unhappy with his job at a Houston oil company and generally dissatisfied with the direction of his fast-paced life in the city, he decided to make a change. He quit his job, bought a bike and prepared for a trip spanning 19 states and two Canadian provinces.

About one-third of the way into the 20,000-mile trek, he said he's feeling at peace for the first time in a long time. He isn't sure what direction he'll move in when the journey ends, but he knows family will be a bigger part of his life: "You have to keep that bond strong."

Meanwhile, he's enjoying the scenery. Traveling through Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and California, he said it's like "everyday you're in a completely new world." We've put together a slideshow of photos from along the way.

By the way, you can help Sean out with expenses by donating on his Web site. A portion of the proceeds will go to charities for children and disabled veterans.

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Mitchell Slapik
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