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The Journey Began After the Storm Wiped Out Everything

Beginning in 2002 when this young couple decided to tie the knot, they had begun dreaming of a plan to retire in the islands at an age early enough in life to enjoy their retirement. Ryan and Kimberly planned on taking a hiatus on or before Ryan's 40th birthday. They dreamed of warm sun, sailing the sailboat that they had dreamed of to do some island hopping, and possibly taking time to circumnavigate the globe.

At the age of 36 Ryan was working for TalystInc. working as a technical support engineer supporting over 700 hospitals in the USA. Ryan had been working 96 hour weeks as the goal of retirement was coming up soon, and during a trip to Seattle from their home in Northern California for work, on the way home while near Medford Oregon a drunk driver hit Ryan head on, driving the wrong way on the freeway. The drunk driver died on impact and Ryan was very close to the same fate with the engine in his lap and his Ford Expedition on fire leaving him trapped. A passerby stopped to help, and since there was no way to get Ryan out since the door was stuck and the engine was resting on Ryan's lap, the driver gave Ryan the phone and allowed him to call his wife to tell her goodbye. Shortly after the fire department came, and pulled the door off with the Jaws of Life, and carefully removed the seat and the other obstilces that had rested on Ryan's broken body. They took him to the hospital and they gave him intensive surgery which included a lot of orthopedic implants. But this was the beginning of a new journey.

Ryan, Kim and their family of 5 with one on the way moved to their recently purchased cabin in the Northern Maine forest, where Ryan could recover. Confined mostly to a wheelchair, it was at least peaceful and serine in the Maine woods. Ryan was in a wheel chair for 7 months, and was not able to go back to work in that time. He was on a load of prescription medication and was dealing with painful physical therapy for his leg, ankle and shoulder that all had been severely broken in the accident.

Upon returning to work Ryan found that his patience was short, and his mood was temperamental. In the six years previous to the accident working for this company, even in the schedule of working 96 hour weeks, Ryan had never raised his voice to a client nor had Ryan ever been disciplined at work. But all of that changed after returning to work after the accident. Ryan was very short tempered with clients, colleagues and especially the management of his team at work. Ryan was displined and was given reduced hours over and over.

Eventually workers compensation called Ryan to have a settlement meeting. Where they agreed to a settlement and Ryan's employer requested that he resign from his job. Ryan gladly accepted even though the settlement was barely enough to pay off all of their bills, with nothing left over. The stress of work, and the pain of his injuries made Ryan want to give up on life several times.

All of this was a blessing in disguise though. After retiring, Ryan and family made a few investments, and some return on their investments as well as putting some money into bitcoin. Which would fuel the journey that they had originally set out to accomplish all of those years back when they first got married.

With four kids now, the family carried a wide birth through the airport when they flew to St. Thomas to trade their house for a 46' sailboat. On the way to the island they lost a bag with important articles, yet they all made it safely to their destination without losing anyone or anything else.

They met with the owner of the boat and made the trade of their house for this old sailboat. After some months of working on the boat they set sail towards Mexico. During their journey they broke down in Puerto Rico on the way to Mexico and needed to stop for repairs.

Despite that Puerto Rico was not on their radar for a place to call home, after spending a month on the island, they decided to curtail their plans to move to Mexico and they stayed in Puerto Rico, this was November of 2016 when they planted their roots in Puerto Rico, and it was everything they imagined Mexico could be. It had warm and hospitableLatin culture, tropical weather which was good for Ryan's injuries, and it was close to all of the places that they wanted to visit in the Caribbean. As a bonus, they didn't need to change their passports, residency, currency or language as most people in Puerto Rico speak fluent English.

A year later in September of 2017, first Hurricane Irma would hit the surrounding islands wiping them almost completely out? The family lost friends in St. Thomas and St. John. They also met a couple who had lived on their boat in St. John for 14 years, and lost their boat during hurricane Irma. On September 15th Ryan and Kim donated their 46' sailboat to this family because they lost their only home. However 5 short days later, hurricane Maria would come and claim a second boat from the family from St. John. The boat that Ryan had worked all of his life for is now sitting at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. The roof was tore off their rental home, and the family literally lost everything, except the most important things, which is their lives.

After escaping with their lives, the family decided to avoid the chaos and darkening spirit that was forming in the USA, and visit Europe again. Thy make a family world traveled to Ireland, and the Netherlands, before deciding that the cost of living and the freezing temperatures were too hostile for their situation and they decided to return to their original plan of moving to Mexico.

Now in Mexico, the Thompson family is enjoying the Latin hospitality that they enjoyed in Puerto Rico, with warm hugs, friendly neighbors and all of the creature comforts of any well-developed western culture.

This is the beginning of a new adventure. Visit www.WheresTheMap.info to keep up with their future adventures.

 

Written by Ryan Richard Thompson.

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https://cosmocarparts.com Despite that Puerto Rico was not on their radar for a place to call home, after spending a month on the island, they decided to curtail their plans to move to Mexico and they stayed in Puerto Rico, this was November of 2016 when they planted their roots in Puerto Rico, and it was everything they imagined Mexico could be. It had warm and hospitableLatin culture, tropical weather which was good for Ryan's injuries, and it was close to all of the places that they wanted to visit in the Caribbean. As a bonus, they didn't need to change their passports, residency, currency or language as most people in Puerto Rico speak fluent English.
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