I am almost 59 and was laid off and out of work for two years. I finally found work. I called into a local television back to work program and got lucky. I am even able to commute to work. (gym in our complex) There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Although financially strapped, I took advantage of the time off and toured a lot. My advise to you is, plan the best you can, keep the weight as light as possible, and practice changing rear flats, and removing the hardware where the trailer is attached. I have had good tours and great tours, (Everything seems better on a bike) use common sense and go with whatever comes your way. Attitude is very important. I believe the people I have met, along the way and the scenery were what made the hardships worth enduring.