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Jun 20, 2016

Episode 10 makes me think of that well-worn Chinese proverb - The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step.

Pilgrim's Tale features a recent conversation with author, travel writer and Pilgrim Brandon Wilson.

I first met Brandon through his wife, Cheryl. We shared an office during a stint as producers at Paradise Television on Maui. Sometimes during water cooler conversations, Cheryl would share short stories about some of her travels. But there was never enough time to get the whole adventure.

Fast forward several years and Brandon is now the award-winning author of four fantastic books chronicling their journeys as peaceful pilgrims across Tibet, The Alps, from Europe to Jerusalem and across the African continent.

The books are excellent and in Episode 10 we get an insightful look at one pilgrim's perspective on things.

A champion of deliberative travel, Brandon Wilson tells of how his father filled him with a sense of wanderlust during a six-week-long road trip from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles along Route 66 during the early 1960s. As a six-year-old stopping off at wacky roadside attractions while staying in classic Americana motels, Brandon was bitten by the travel bug.

Into adulthood, Brandon spends his college years in the south, followed by a year in NYC and then Seattle. Then he and Cheryl buy around the world plane tickets to begin checking places off their bucket lists.

Listen as Brandon shares their adventures covering everything from the euphoria of swinging a hammer to chisel away during the fall of the Berlin Wall to their Pilgrimage as the first Western couple to cross Tibet.

It's an amazing account from an inspiring adventurer.

Brandon's Books: Yak Butter Blues, Over the Top & Back Again: Hiking X the Alps, Along the Templar Trail: Seven Million Steps for Peace, Dead Men Don’t Leave Tips: Adventures X Africa

Visit the website: for books, tips, and information on pilgrimage trips.