It’s hard to believe that not everyone cares for champagne, cars, and money. Some people choose to live off of the grid. I used to find that lifestyle strange, eccentric, and a little suspicious. Then the powers that be connected me with a crazy motherbleep called cliffordbarnabus. Readers will know him as the dude that overanalyzes my grammar. He criticized me so much that I had no choice but to make him TPOL’s editor in chief. Over the past few months, I’ve gotten to know cliffordbarnabus. And let me tell you, the more I learn, the more I am convinced that he is the most interesting man in the world after myself.
He rode a bicycle around the world for six years after he got his MS in biochemistry and after he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. After the MS, he thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, and after that he spent three years in the Peace Corps in Vanuatu.
After the bike ride, he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail twice more and in-between those two thru-hikes, he lived for a year as a volunteer in Guatemala. And then he went to Japan to hike a Buddhist pilgrimage trek and followed that with a stint in India to volunteer as a teacher.
How did he accomplish almost all of his intercontinental transits? Points, of course!
Don’t believe me? Read this newspaper article that was published by the internationally renowned Pickens Newspaper. The audience found his story compelling enough to invite him to a second speaking engagement and perhaps a third.
Look for him on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc., and you’ll find nothing. He doesn’t own a cell phone. But he does do email.
I hope he doesn’t become too famous, leaving him unable to carry out his editorial duties.