Ep 14: Underground life in the weirdest town in Australia


How do you survive in a desert town that has a record high temperature of 117F? You go into hiding, literally. The mining town of Coober Pedy, Australia uses the dirt for both their livelihood and their lives. CNET Senior Editor Claire Reilly visited recently as part of her web site’s “Road Trip 2018” series. She joins the show to discuss her venture into one community’s existence in the subterranean Outback!

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Ep 13: A 49-year quest to join the elite Highpointers Club


Woody Connette (right) and his guide on Mt. Hood in Oregon.

The “Highpointers Club” has only 300 members and is reserved for people that have scaled the peak of each of the 50 U.S. It’s harder than you think. Woody Connette joined after 49 years. His first job as a teenager was right at the summit of Mt. Mitchell in North Carolina. He gradually knocked off more and more states, but it wasn’t until his 60s that he completed this grand quest! Hear how Woody did it, his tips for specific states, and what his next quest will be.

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Ep. 12: Getting paid to hike the world’s most scenic places


From the East Coast to the West Coast to the Rockies to Iceland, Will Wood knows a good trail. Now, he gets paid to hike. He began with the Appalachian Trail, sharing his videos along the way. That led to some gear recommendations, and fidelity to the ultralight products of the revolutionary Zpacks company. After also going northbound on the Pacific Crest Trail, Zpacks came calling and asked Will to join their team. See what it’s now like for Will to get paid to follow his passion!

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Ep. 11: Sailing, surfing, and climbing: Recreating a historical journey with the founders of Patagonia and The North Face

Jeff Johnson

Host Mike Klein’s favorite travel documentary of all time, is “180 Degrees South.” The film’s star Jeff Johnson discusses how me met Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, and how finding some lost tapes of Yvon’s early vagabonding led to the making of the film. Jeff learned how to sail, was briefly marooned on Easter Island, but eventually made his way to Southern Chile to reunite with Yvon and they attempted to recreate the climbing trip that inspired the making of the company of Patagonia.

Listen now: Extreme Travel Odysseys Episode 11

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Ep. 10: Russian World Cup 2018 and other Eastern European adventures


It’s the classic European backpacking trip combined with a World Cup trip! Experienced vagabonder, poker player, and current tax law professor(!) Manoj Viswanathan was one of my traveling partners for a recent swing through Russia and Eastern Europe. We talk Russian dumplings, vodka, football fandom, Baltic countries, and life as a person of color in a mostly-White country. Before you head to Russia, Poland, Estonia, or Latvia, check out Manoj’s grand tour!

Listen now: Extreme Travel Odysseys Episode 10


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Ep. 9: Completing the weirdest ultramarathon and life at the South Pole


There’s been about the same number of men who have walked on the moon as who have completed the 120+ mile Barkley Marathons. John Fegyveresi is one of them. And did we mention he’s a glaciologist who’s been to Antarctica a half-dozen times and even run a marathon at the South Pole? Yeah, he’s kind of a badass. Our talk also discusses where he got his motivation from, and why he loves traveling to out-of-way places. Mike even challenges John to the most isolated inhabited place for his next big trip!

Listen now: Extreme Travel Odysseys Episode 9


Ep. 8: A bingo ball decides the next six months of your life

Mike Legrand

Mike Legrand (blue shirt) at his bartending job in Mozambique. “Routines are a way to fast-forward your life…and randomness is a way to break your routine.” (Photo: Kristine Hamson)

What happens when you know you want to hit the road, but you don’t have a place you need to be? Easy. Invite your friends to a bar, have them write down a place anywhere in the world, and see where you randomly end up. For Mike Legrand, he almost get sent to his mother’s house, but fortunately, the last bingo ball remaining sent him somewhere far more exotic. If you like randomness and true adventure, Mike’s story is for you.

Listen now: Extreme Travel Odysseys Episode 8


Ep. 7: A one-year honeymoon around the world


What’s your idea of a dream honeymoon? A few weeks on a white-sand beach? A trip to Europe? How about an 11-month trip around to the world to nearly two dozen countries? For Linsey and Jason Honaker, the trip was years in the planning, and was filled with adventures like shark diving, Africa safari, glacier trekking, and hot-air ballooning. For the ultimate “trip of a lifetime” listen to how the Honakers pulled it off, and how they each only carried one medium-sized backpack.

Listen now: Extreme Travel Odysseys Episode 7


Ep. 6: Creating a life of art on the road


What happens when you leave your comfortable life to follow a bigger calling? Art doesn’t just imitate life, in this case, he chases his best life. This episode chronicles Arthur Wei, who left his office job for an unknown road trip to follow his passion. Although only in his 20s, he already knew he wanted to experience life to its fullest. Listen to how he learned photography, videography, and social media skills on the road, and how he’s built a company while traveling all over the world to places like Cambodia and Ukraine.

Listen now: Extreme Travel Odysseys, Episode 6

Ep. 5: A boat down the Ganges and a rickshaw through South America


Two Canadian friends and accidental documentarians discuss a pair of quixotic adventures. Canadians Dustin Corkery and Adrian Traquair first rowed a boat 2500km down the Ganges, from India to Bangladesh. They didn’t even bring food for the first night. That became the 12-part series “Around the Next Bend.” Seven years later, they reunited for a 17,000km journey by rickshaw from Colombia to Southern Patagonia, which will be the upcoming series “Rickshaw South.” If you hate travel guides and love unexpected adventure, you’ll want to hear Dustin and Adrian talk about these twin odysseys!

Listen now: Extreme Travel Odysseys, Episode 5

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