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Runnin’ Shotgun with Dad and a CB Radio

the national 55 mph speed limit kicked up a rebellious streak in Americans and started a CB radio craze

In preparation for our bi-annual road trip, Dad installed a mobile CB unit in the station wagon and everyone in the family chose their "handles," which was sort of like choosing your Twitter name today.

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Win 13 Books, including “Live Full Throttle”


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Chattanooga, You’re More than Your Tourist Traps!

Statue detail The International Towing & Recovery Museum

Headed from Cherokee, North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee I started seeing billboards for Rock City and its sister properties on Lookout Mountain everywhere. They gave me a Wall Drug Store feeling.

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Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cherokee public art bear

I created this free guide to planning a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just click the link below. No registration required.

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Planning a Family Vacation Road Trip? Here’s My Advice

Independence Day Cookies Billings, MT

July is prime family vacation and road trip season. I'm a people watcher, and since I am often alone on the road I get plenty of opportunities to observe families on vacation.

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FDR’s Little White House and the Joy of Solo Travel

FDR's Ford with hand controls

Coming home from my recent swing through the Deep South I found myself northeast of Columbus, Georgia on a byway. I came upon a brown highway sign—always a welcome sight to my eyes—that said "FDR's Little White House 15 miles." The arrow pointed left.

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Embrace Mindful Minimalism? Try Downsizing, Then We’ll Talk

picture of a child's mother's day card

I must've gotten too smug about downsizing to mindful minimalism.

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My TEDx Talk with Neale Bayly: Chance Encounters

Neale Bayly and Tamela Rich at TEDx Charlotte 2-2014

When the organizers of TEDx Charlotte gave me and my friend Neale Bayly the opportunity to talk about the role that chance encounters have played in our lives we jumped right in.

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I’ll be on Maggie Linton’s Sirius XM Show April 22

Sirius XM logo

I'm looking forward to being on the one and only Maggie Linton Show !

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Join me for Storytelling at BMW Riders Association Rally

Tamela and Neale on the TEDx Charlotte stage

I'm looking forward to co-hosting "Tall Tales and Tell-Alls" with my friend and fellow TEDx Charlotte presenter, Neale Bayly (pictured above). If you're a motorcyclist join us!

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