Happy New Year! If you’re like most people in the world, the relief of putting 2020 behind feels like a warm chill flowing through you. Yeah, a warm chill. It’s been so long that I’ve posted to my WorldRider website; I’m going to make this post a quick read and let it serve as a new beginning post. With every ending, in this case, 2020, there’s always a new beginning.
I’ve got plenty of ‘breaking news,” too. So let’s get on it.
FORKS IS NOW AVAILABLE DIGITALLY ON THE APPLE BOOKSTORE
Because of popular demand and plenty of requests, I’ve painstakingly spent over two years creating a digital edition of my book “FORKS: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection.” Instead of repurposing the book as a digital twin of the physical coffee-table book, I wanted to give readers a little extra, something that was not possible in the original physical book: enhanced multimedia content such as video, narration, and slide shows. Plus, because of digital formatting, most of all, the eBooks have additional still photographs not pictured in the physical book. All of this content is only available only in the digital edition.
Also, I divided the digital edition into thirty-five mini eBooks. Each country chapter is now a book. And each book includes this exclusive content. Plus, I have priced the books very competitively with an introductory offer of just $2.99 per book. You can see all the books and previews by reviewing my author page on the Apple Bookstore. I hope you’ll purchase two or three books and consider gifting a one or two to someone who you think needs a good dose of vicarious traveling with marvelous stories, recipes, photos, and video. Please pick a country or two and purchase them from the Apple Book Store. If you enjoy the new format, please leave me a good review! Thank you so much!
JOURNEYS—ADVENTURE & DISCOVERY THROUGH LIFE AND IN THE TIME OF CORONA
In April 2020, frustrated about the lockdown and the inability for us to travel, I have traveled virtually through the power of Livestream webcasting. I started the Journeys Webcast, a weekly live stream event where travelers, entrepreneurs, vintners, chefs, musicians, authors, speakers, and ordinary people living extraordinary lives come together for an hour of storytelling, inspiration, idea-sharing, and connection.
Since then, I’ve interviewed, entertained, and share food and wine with over 35 guests from all over the world. My guests joined me from over twelve countries. I will keep producing these engaging conversations, and even when I can travel again, I hope to continue to host this great show. Watch the replays at www.journeyswebcast.com.
Here’s just a sampling of the more than 35 guests I’ve hosted on the Journeys Webcast:
TERABYTES OF VIDEO FOOTAGE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ON WORLDRIDER.tv
One thing this pandemic and lockdown allowed me the luxury and time to review hours and hours of unique video footage I’ve shot over ten years through nearly 80 countries. So I continue to use this footage to create a growing library of produced videos that share my experiences, feelings, thoughts, roads, people, and food, and history of the places I’ve traveled. All of this WorldRider.tv content is on my YouTube Channel.
I invite you to watch and enjoy some fun, engaging, and even scary footage. Most importantly, I have a simple request and favor to ask you: please subscribe to my channel. I’m on a quest to get past the milestone of 1,000 subscribers. You can help me by using this one click to subscribe link. I thank you and appreciate you.
You will love the new videos posted on my YouTube Channel. I have one favor:
Please help me achieve my goal of 1,000 YouTube Subscribers
so I can reach more people with positivity, optimism, and hope—and great video content!
VERTIGO IS NOT WHAT A WORLD RIDING MOTORCYCLIST SHOULD DEAL WITH
In the middle of this pandemic, I stood up from my chair on a late June evening, where I was watching an excellent performance by the late John Prine on Austin City Limits. I took two steps, stumbled, and walked headfirst into the door jamb leading to my office. I only had one glass of wine, but I felt drunk and unsteady. I lay down on the sofa before trying again. That’s when everything in my living room started spinning fast. I thought I was experiencing an aneurysm or a stroke. SO I called 911.
After a bevy of tests, pokes, prods, and a night under watch at the Scripps Memorial Hospital, I returned home, shaky, uneasy, and confused. I’ve documented this in more detail, including some treatments I’ve endured. The bottom line is that even now, in January 2021, I’m still suffering and have not been on my motorcycle in a year.
For months I’ve been going to a physical therapist and laughing and suffering through an array of different vestibular therapy exercises, many of which I also do at home. It’s been frustrating and depressing. Some mornings I don’t feel like getting out of bed—of course, the purring and snuggling of Dar, my Bengal feline princess, soothes and provides some needed warmth on these winter mornings.
I will get past this. I will ride my motorcycle again. And I will share more of this journey in the future. For now, here is a video I made about my wild ambulance ride and the more fantastic ride in the Epley Omniax chair at the clinic of my dizzy doctor, neurologist Ian Purcell.
WHAT’S NEXT? A NEW TV SHOW? WILL WE WANDER AND TRAVEL IN 2021?
Travel will never be the same. I’ve had so many of these discussions and contemplations with guests on my Journeys Webcast. One thing is for sure; we will travel again. How, when, and with what restrictions or challenges, I don’t know.
Meanwhile, I’m working with my very creative and passionate teams in Vancouver, Mexico, and elsewhere to shoot, produce, and share a full season of travel television within the next eighteen months. I’m hoping to finish the editing and production of full-length shows from the work we did in China and Iceland a few years ago. We plan to make these shows public and distribute them for free on one or two streaming platforms. Watch for that in 2021. The new shows we hope to have available in 2022. Stay tuned.
Look for more frequent updates, though perhaps not so many stories, photos, and experiences from exotic locales. You will get that on my YouTube Channel. I will continue to use this platform to share with you the world out there and the world in our backyard in the best and most positive light possible. We need positive. We need smiles. And we need to hang on to our hopes and dreams.
I appreciate all of you and thank you for your support and confidence over all these years.