As I type the following, I’m reminded of my childhood when I was instructed to rake the leaves under our backyard oak tree. I quickly wrapped up the chore and triumphantly announced to Dad that I was ready for his Teutonic inspection.
He came outside, took a quick look, tonelessly declared, “It’s starting to look good,” before he silently walked back indoors.
Message received, Dad. Message received.
Here’s my life resume in the worlds of motorsport, backcountry exploration, and adventure travel. I suppose, it’s starting to look good.
Some of my promotional, editorial and advertising partnerships:
Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) Rotax, Bridgestone, Briggs & Stratton, BMW, ESPN, Gatorz Eyewear, M4 Exhaust, MyChron, Army National Guard, Oakley, Performance Racing Industry, RACER Magazine, Red Bull Energy Drink, SHIFT, Snap-On, Sonoma Raceway, Sparco, SPEED Channel (RIP), Yamaha.
By the standards set forth by Ken Walker Esq., I am a travelling neophyte. Yet by other standards, I’m doing okay. I have visited:
42 of the 50 United States, 26 National Parks, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czechoslovakia (before the Czech Republic), Ecuador, England, France, Galapagos Islands, Germany (also West and East, when they were divided), Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City, and have over 350,000 road trip miles on my swollen ass.
As for backpacking, over the past 25 years I’ve hiked many remote segments of the John Muir Trail, and the national parks of Yosemite, Lassen, Mt. Rainier, North Cascades, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Olympic, Glacier, Zion, and Rocky Mountains. I’ve spent countless nights in the middle of nowhere, usually near a gentle river or beautiful alpine lake , and my wife has all the mosquito bites to prove it.