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(see all 3 book)'s RoadNews Newsletter:
Greeting from the East Coat of the USA

August, 22
2009 (Sent From Binghamton, New York, USA)

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It has been far too long since I wrote my last newsletter.  We have been busy and  about the only thing we have kept up on is Cindie's Twitter post

We are currently in New York state about to start a series of public appearances.  In fact, since my last newsletter, we have talked to numerous clubs and organizations along the way.  When my computer is plugged into the projector, and the lights dim I feel a little like I am a teacher again.  We have hundreds of stories to draw from so adapting my presentation to the mood and personality of each crowd is easy.  Even if just for a moment, I feel important and that we have accomplished something educational and valuable for the world.  To hear a large group of people laugh at some of the silly things that happen to us is priceless but showing people things like extreme poverty is something I try to accomplish as well.

BTW If you are in the Albany, New York area Sept. 2 - 3 or in the Connecticut area Sept 17 please contact us and we will give you the details of our talks.  New speaking dates will be included in the next newsletter.

Besides a full schedule of events we have had some stories in the media.  Below are two mp3 audio PodCast interviews, links to two newspaper stories, and a YouTube video of an interview with a news station in Colorado.  If you want to read, hear, or watch all of our interviews tune into our blog called "The Latest Bicycle Touring News From"  I post media items as they happen there.

Our last event this season is in late October in Indiana called the Hilly Hundred.  After that we are spending some down time with family and deciding where to go next.  (good subject for a future newsletter) I will then have time to catch up on my computer work including writing newsletters.  We are also shooting for completing our third book about Southeast Asia this winter.


Audio PodCast

Check out our 32 min mp3 interview with Darren Alff of  I think it went very well and dug a bit deeper than expected.  You can read the show notes on Darren's informative blog HERE or hear the mp3 file at the link below

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KansasCyclistPodcast4We met the guys from the  Kansas Cyclist Podcast through a Twitter post Cindie made while riding across Kansas.  We conducted the interview while in Omaha getting ready for RAGBRAI.  The original PodCast file was longer but I edited the file (below) down to just the part with our interview. Episode number 7 of the Kansas Cyclist Podcast is focused on bicycle touring, which is an increasingly popular way for people to travel around the country (or the world) and can be heard in its entirety by going to the Kansas Cyclist PodCast Blog Post with the Show Notes.

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Newspaper Stories

The Daily Iowan: Finding community in RAGBRAI by Chris Clark

Omaha World Herald Outdoors: Husband, wife put spin on trip by marjie.ducey

TV interview

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