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Meet These Folks

You meet some of the most wonderful people in the most unexpected places! These posts introduce you to folks I’ve met on the road who’ve left a lasting impression on me.

West Virginia’s Miss Vickie: Let Go, Let God

Miss Vickie's famous Dodge 1950 Ram

My travels have blessed me with countless—countless—chance encounters. From a fry cook walking across America before he goes blind, to a homeless Vietnam veteran, and the people who shared their journeys with cancer with me, I have been blessed, and my character molded by each one of them.

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Voluntourism for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers

Drew Alexander with Wendy House agent Louis

Today's podcast guests offer voluntourism by motorcycle to benefit orphans in developing countries. But their voluntourists are Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, not Millennials.

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Busted in New Brunswick

Jill gets into the Saint John, New Brunswick police car

Besides my family, I don't often travel with others. When I do it's usually with Jill, whom I frequently mention in my podcasts and blog posts. She lives in Ohio and I live in North Carolina, so we ride our motorcycles to a meeting spot, then tour a region together before going our separate ways.

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Lunch with a Homeless Vietnam Veteran

Buntings and fanfare aside, we can do much better by our veterans

Sometimes the people I meet in my travels give me an unexpected glimpse of a life that I could also be living. For better and for worse.

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World Traveler-Author Allan Karl with Neale Bayly. Part Four of Four

Allan Karl and Neale Bayly, world travelers by motorcycle

By now, after three parts of our interview, you have fallen in love with world traveler Allan Karl, author of "Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection" and Neale Bayly, motorcycle philanthropist.

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World Traveler-Author Allan Karl with Neale Bayly. Part Three of Four

Here's my friend and TEDx co-presenter Neale Bayly

The first two Parts of this series are focused on round-the-world traveler and author Allan Karl's adventures.

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World Traveler-Author Allan Karl with Neale Bayly. Part Two of Four

Allan Karl in Bolivia with a crushed leg

In the first Part of this four-part series, you met Allan Karl and Neale Bayly.

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World Traveler-Author Allan Karl with Neale Bayly. Part One of Four

Allan Karl with two Andes knitters.

In this four-part podcast series, I'll introduce you to a couple of my friends who've traveled the world on motorcycles.

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Meet 83-year-old Sally Stanke, a Woman (still) on Wheels

Group of women around a restaurant dinner table

If you think you're too young or too old to do what calls to you in life, you're going to love Sally Stanke, who celebrated her 83rd birthday last month.

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Troubadours in Thermopolis, Wyoming

Randy and Wormz by their conversion van

Thermopolis, Wyoming reminds me that we all need a steam valve. Basically, that's what Thermopolis is—North America's steam valve. Its the world's largest mineral spring, to boot.

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