In 2005 and 2006, I spent thirteen months running the campaign of a Republican aspirant for the Illinois governorship. The campaign cycle previous to that, I had been a candidate for the Republican nomination to the State House. Both campaigns were exhausting, competitive and losing efforts. I bumped through 2007, launching a taxpayer organization that helped defeat a new tax for a new layer of government. Late in 2007, as a favor to a friend, I took a contract to assemble and lead the Illinois delegation for presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Three months with very little sleep for very little pay. As the presidential primary concluded in Illinois in early February, 2008, my wife and I finished the last of our thrown together plans for a great, new adventure. With our daughter and our golden retriever, Faith, we would travel the 48 continental states in an RV, celebrating the 150th birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt and the final centennial year of his historic presidency. I would research TR along the way, visit the places associated with his life and legacy, and, where possible, engage performance opportunities that might help make ends meet along the way.