/ Modified apr 28, 2016 5:46 p.m.

Tools and Trade In All 50 States

Tucson resident plans to travel across the country to "get gigs" and meet new people.

JBayardo Cactus Juan Bayardo, who also goes by John, is leaving the familiar Sonoran desert for a cross-country exploratory journey.
Tony Paniagua, AZPM


It's the type of thing many people dream about but never do: visit all 50 states as part of a unique once-in-a-lifetime journey.

For Tucson tradesman Juan Bayardo, it's really happening.

Juan - who also goes by John- began planning his departure in 2015, and he's ready to hit the road May 5 by driving from Arizona to Nevada and then to Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and beyond.

For the past four decades, 54-year-old Bayardo has held positions such as carpenter, bartender, mason, window cleaner, and meat cutter.

Now he's taking his pick up truck, tools, talents and smartphone around the country where he will seek jobs on the Internet such as craigslist or Facebook.

Other than a few places, he doesn't have any definite cities or jobs lined up for his adventure.

Some people think he's "crazy" but he isn't phased by that.

"I've always had kind of an adventurous spirit and I'm just pursuing it to the ultimate here I think," Bayardo said.

He registered a website for himself and plans to write a book about his experiences when he's finished in six to eight months, although he will let the road determine his schedule.

And in case you're wondering, he'll drive to the 48 contiguous states but fly from Seattle to Alaska and from San Francisco to Hawaii with his tools.

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