A retired California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer set sail from Marina del Rey Wednesday, November 4th to begin his personal quest to circumnavigate the globe.

Former CHP officer Dan Morrison, who retired in 2008 after 24 years of service, took off on his journey from his boat slip at 14000 Palawan Way in Marina del Rey.

He says he is ready for the long adventure and noted that there is no clear timetable for completion.

“It could be between two and seven years depending on what I encounter along the way,” the retired officer said.

Having prepared for this trip for over six years, Morrison explained that his motivation comes from, “living the dream of enjoying the adventure of life.”

Morrison entered the CHP Academy in 1984. After graduation, Morrison spent his early days in the CHP’s El Centro area office.

He then went on to work in Indio, Border Division, Alta Dena, Newhall, and West Los Angeles. Morrison spent most of his career as a motorcycle officer, but he has worked several other positions such as public information officer, school bus officer, staff officer at Border Division, and felony follow-up officer for the West Los Angeles area.

Morrison also served on the Protective Services Detail for the majority of his time as a motorcycle officer.

During his years at the West Los Angeles area office, Morrison was a mentor and role model for many new officers, former colleagues said.