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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. Perhaps none so much as Miss …

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Voluntourism for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers

Drew Alexander with Wendy House agent Louis

A story on NPR earlier this year says voluntourism—volunteering while on vacation—is one of the fastest growing trends in travel today. More than 1.6 million volunteer tourists are spending about $2 billion each year in the communities they serve. This does not include the value of the projects they are …

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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 …

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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. On my recent swing through New England, I visited Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, known for its pedestrian-only Bridge of Flowers. The bridge was built in …

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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. The re-entry zone: bittersweet feelings when a road trip draws to a close Just as our podcast …

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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. Neale Bayly, adventure motorcyclist and philanthropist Neale is the founder and president of Wellspring International, a charity that supports orphaned children. Neale’s motorcycle adventure tours from around the world fund most of its operational …

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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. Part Two features Allan’s story from Bolivia, where he suffered a crushed leg from a crash that detoured him for six months on his trip around the world as he flew back to the states …

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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. You may already know Neale Bayly, who joined me for a conversational TEDx talk earlier this year. Now meet world traveler-author-speaker Allan Karl. Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection …

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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. Finishing school? Nah, I think I’ll fly an airplane! Sally’s parents thought they were sending her off to finishing school at …

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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. I stayed at the Fountain of Youth campground, which  has its own “Sacajawea hot spring,” named after  the woman who led Lewis & Clark to the …

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