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1,000 Americans

December 16, 2010

1,000 Americans: Orlando, Mexico



By Harry Kikstra
12/16/2010

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Orlando is an 80-year-old Mexican with great knowledge about geography and the mountains all over the world, clearly a very educated man. Now Orlando just waits in the shade for his next customers—in exchange for free food and lodging he sold gasoline for a local lady. Using his mouth and a hose, he transferred the fuel into the cars that stopped by after realizing that fuel stations were a rarity on this particular road.

We saw his eyes gleam when we told him about our trip biking around the world, but our heart broke when he coughed after every fill-up. A wrongly spelled ‘Cevende Gasolina’ sign hung near the road behind him (Se vende Gasolina = Gas for sale).

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December 01, 2010

1,000 Americans: Joe Carson of Fairbanks, Alaska



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12/01/2010

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Joe and Nancy Carson of Fairbanks, Alaska, have adopted about 15 children, which supplemented their eight "homemade" (their own description) ones. They raised all 23 kids in their homestead, which they built from scratch. He is an entertaining person, which comes in very handy when the tour buses come shuttling in. The sale of souvenirs is his main source of income, so when the tourist rigs stop in front of his store and a few dozen of mostly grey-haired retirees on an Alaskan tour come in, he switches on his sales pitch; greeting all people in their home language while chatting about the store, about Alaska, and the free coffee he offers. Ten minutes later everybody is gone and he switches back to his relaxed mode.

They are a great family and their story is extraordinarily. If you are in the Fairbanks areas, I suggest a stop at mile marker 49.5 and a listen to Joe's history. The coffee is warm (and free) and the muffins are delicious (and cheap).

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November 12, 2010

1,000 Americans: John Williams, Puget Sound



By Harry Kikstra
11/12/2010

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John Williams is a filmmaker and underwater cinematographer who has captured the colorful life under the sea. He has shown flora and fauna of all sizes, colors, and types, but maybe the most interesting thing is that he mostly shoots in his own backyard: Puget Sound, the busy body of water separating Seattle from the western part of Washington State.

Many of his films are used for educational purposes, which might help preserve the wonderful world that so few people know about. See more about John and the programs he made, on his website Still Hope Productions.

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November 05, 2010

1,000 Americans: Willie of Stikine River Ranch, British Columbia



By Harry Kikstra
11/05/2010

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20080908-Willy_Williams-_Stikine_River_ranch-_MG_0735 Willie is one of those people that can fill a documentary all by himself. We arrived late, uninvited but were welcome and spent hours talking about his history, present and future. We talk about the history of the Tahltan people and the fights with the other first nations.

We verbally travelled with him from the horror stories of the missionaries taking the First Nation children away to religious experiences of his friends, fights about lands and property, to sharing very personal stories and advice about love and life. He lets us sleep in the first house he built, filled with more memories.

Besides being the host for a yearly three-day gospel music festival at his ranch, Willie organizes horseback riding trips through the wilderness of the nearby provincial parks: Stikine River, Spatsizi Plateau, and Mount Edizia. Every trip is different and some clients come back regularly.

Willie showed us a book from a German photographer about the area and almost completely shot during the trips he guided. No website, no email. “How do you get your clients?” I asked him. “I don’t know, somehow people seem to find me," he replied.

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October 22, 2010

1,000 Americans: Rico of Caye Caulker, Belize



By Harry Kikstra
10/22/2010

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Rico is one of the few inhabitants of Caye Caulker that was born and raised there. After a hurricane destroyed most of his fishing gear, he started fixing boat engines and renting out houses on his land. Now, in his 70s, he still loves his small island.

Though Dutchman Harry Kikstra has a business background, he turned into a full-time adventurer and photographer a decade ago. He has climbed the seven summits—the highest peaks of every continent—and his website 7summits.com, where he offers information and statistics as well as fully organized expeditions, is well-known. Harry also runs a portal site for adventure cyclists called BikeTravellers, where bikers can create their own free blog. He has written four books (three English guidebooks and one Dutch). His photo-blog ExposedPlanet has received many positive reviews, and his photos have been published all over the world, including in National Geographic Adventure U.S., Panorama & Penthouse NL, Outdoor Australia, Getaway South Africa, Reader's Digest, and many more. Since summer 2008, Harry has been busy cycling from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to the other end of the Americas at Ushuaia, Argentina, passing through all the countries on the continents. During this three-year-long trip (more than 20,000 miles) he is collecting portraits and stories of "1,000 Americans," some of which have been published on his blog WorldonaBike next to his other stories and collections of thousands of images from his travels. Some of the people portrayed in the 1,000 Americans series reflect time spent, whether it be many days or just a few seconds. Some told him their life stories, others just stared quietly. Some are famous, most are just "regular" people, but all are special in their own ways. Since these images were taken, life has continued: some married, some became parents, some divorced, and some passed away. But it is a lasting testament to the diversity of America. Harry's pictures are for sale through ExposedPlanet.com, and after the cycling expedition has ended his moving portraits and unique stories will be published in a book. Away Travel Blog will be showcasing just a few of the diverse Americans he has come across on his journeys.

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