I have to admit that I have some cool friends. Some have done things that I’d never remotely consider doing myself.
Take my buddy, Allan Karl, for example.
Leaving behind his own successful marketing company, Allan headed off on a trip around the world. By himself. On a motorcycle.
For 3 years, he drove his 2005 BMW F650GS Dakar single cylinder dual-sport motorcycle 63,000 miles over 5 continents and 35 countries. Equipped with a laptop, a camera, a love for culture and a hunger for human connection, Allan lit out on a journey fueled by a deep, unwavering belief in the goodness and hospitality of our fellow human beings.
“I imagined a world of friendly people as eager as I am to learn, share, and connect,” says Allan. “My quest was to explore: to discover the beauty of our world and its humanity. To uncover truths about them both and to find and learn more about myself.”
I love this book; it’s a work of art. Part adventure story, part photo essay, part recipe book, and all gorgeous, Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection lives in a category by itself. That’s why agents and publishers had no idea what to do with it–and that’s where Kickstarter comes in.
For more of the story, watch this inspiring video, and, if you feel so moved, you can help Allan get this book launched through his Kickstarter campaign. (You can even have him come to your home to cook, eat, drink, and talk. All of which–I can tell you from personal experience–he does exceptionally well).
Ultimately, Forks is a beautiful, encouraging testament to the openness of the human spirit. Personally, I’m grateful that Allan risked life and limb to prove that we are, indeed, at our essence, good:
“Of the many lessons I learned over the three years of my travels, perhaps the most important is that, even though I set off on this journey alone, I was never alone. Whenever I found myself lost, lonely, or hungry, I would just turn around and find somebody was always there. I’m amazed at our capacity to connect with people—with humanity. That’s where truth shines.” –Allan Karl