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Win A Travel Book #2

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I have to admit the response to the first round of my win one of Brian’s travel books was underwhelming with only 6 entries.  Still all it takes is one entry to get two winners – me and the lucky commenter.  I selected the first winner today as I haven’t had access to internet, phone, showers (again) for the last couple of days while I was in Chaco Culture National Historical Park.  It turns out there really were two winners as the my parents next door neighbor won so I save on shipping 🙂

Since they haven’t selected a book from the list yet I’ll share with you what I’ve been reading on my trip so far River-Horse by William Least Heat Moon who also wrote Blue Highways.  While Blue Highways is a bit more appropriate to what I’m doing, traveling America by backroads, I’ve already read it.

This time the author is traveling from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific across America.  He and a partner have a small flatbottom boat and are trying to do it in one year.  Right now they are in Missouri and have a small window to reach the Continental Divide which depends on snow melt.  They do use a truck and trailer a couple of times, each less than 50 miles.

Even more than reading that book though I’ve been listening to The Count of Monte Cristo.  As you can imagine I have quite a bit of drive time to fill and listen to something about 75% of the time.  I’ve also been listening on cold nights (read New Mexico) when I don’t feel like taking my hands out of my sleeping bag.  I about halfway through its 51 hours!  Very good so far.  Only problem is keeping the names straight as characters reappear while making sure to concentrate on the road.

Enough of that.  The rules are the same this time as last.

There are two ways to enter

  1. Leave a comment on this post.
  2. ‘Like’ my Facebook Fan Page and leave a comment on the link for this post or on the wall.

That’s all you have to do. If you do both of these then you will be entered twice. I will be paying for shipping out of my own pocket which means they’ll be going by media mail, slow and cheap. I am not limiting this to the US either. Winners can come from around the globe.

The comments can be about whatever you like.  I’ll try a theme one more week as well before I embrace the mayhem of Coach Clauss’ stories.  This week’s theme is “Where is your favorite vacation destination in the US?”

See the Google Doc Spreadsheet of books here.  If you’re new to my win a Travel Book Contest see the first post to find out how it came about.

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  1. Bill Doyle
    May 10 2010

    What’s that old saying?
    “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all” 🙂

    Bill

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  2. T
    May 10 2010

    My favorite place to visit in the US thus far is Savannah, Ga. Hands down. I have been there twice. I ABSOLUTELY adore this city. In my ‘top 5 things I would do if I won the lotto’ (you all think of it!) is buy a house in Savannah. The food, people, and sites just do it for me. 🙂 I guess I’m a southern girl at heart.

    Keep up the great updates Brian!

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  3. ROBERTO
    May 10 2010

    My newest favorite vacation spot, New Mexico. Road Trippin’ through there last Spring, had to go back in the Fall. Santa Fe, Taos, Georgia O’Keefe country, Love the Vibe. I want more! I’ll Winter somewhere else, but Spring and Fall very nice. PEACE, ROBERTO

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  4. Matt Butitta
    May 11 2010

    Hi Brian, I really have been enjoying your travel adventures. I have to admit your making me a little jealous for the open road. Good luck, be safe, and if your coming thru Colorado springs, we have a guest bed and a warm shower!

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    • May 11 2010

      Thanks Matt. There’s nothing like being out on the road and getting to discover something new everyday. I’m not planning on going through Colorado this time, but thanks for the offer.

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  5. Matt Butitta
    May 11 2010

    One of my favorite vacation spots would have to Ouray Colorado. The mountains are unlike any I have seen before and you can study the geology while sitting in a natural hot springs.

    http://www.boxcanyonouray.com/virtual_tours.php

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  6. Debbie T.
    May 11 2010

    Where do you plan to go after Page, AZ?

    I would like to suggest that you park your bike at the top of the Supai trailhead and hike down to see the amazing waterfalls at the bottom. This is a perfect time of year to do this and you would have the best shower ever: waterfalls!!

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    • May 11 2010

      Sounds great! Are you going to meet me there to show me the way?

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      • Debbie T.
        May 12 2010

        I might be able to do so — depends on if you know when you will be there. I have some interviews to attend to in the coming days…

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  7. May 12 2010

    Hey Brian – I love this idea of giving away your books through your site. I have a large box of books just sitting in the basement of an uncle’s house, probably rotting away as I write. But you’ve got me thinking that maybe they can be put to better use!

    And my favorite destination in the US is the Hawaiian island of Kauai!

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    • May 13 2010

      If all the travel bloggers start doing it we’ll have our own library.

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  8. May 17 2010

    My favorite place to visit in the US is Lake Champlain in VT. The nearby college town of Burlington is very pleasant in both summer and winter (although I prefer summer). The lake is beautiful and is great for kids, with swimming, hiking, strolling, etc. Lots of things to do in and around Burlington, as well.

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