Garry Sowerby

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You've probably never heard of Garry Sowerby before. Well, those days are over - you just have. Garry is a multi-world record holding long-distance driver. No, not the kind of long distance drives like John Daly, more like drives from Argentina to Alaska, or South Africa to Norway, or Around the whole dang planet. I first heard about him when I read the book Road Fever by Tim Cahill. A great book. Buy it if you think you'd enjoy reading a story of how two bearded men drove from Argentina to Alaska in 23 and a half days. In a Pickup. Anyhow, Garry was passing through Montreal yesterday on his way from Halifax to Ottawa and he dropped by our apartment. We made a trade: one red paperclip for a copy of his book, Sowerby's Road - Adventures of a Driven Mind. There's more than one story of bearded men making obscenely long, record-breaking drives, so there's really no reason why you wouldn't want to read his book. There's even really great pictures and stuff too. Thanks for dropping Garry, it was good to hang, if even for only a few minutes! You can read more about all the good stuff Garry Sowerby's been up to ever the years on his website, www.adventuredrive.ca. I think there's even a picture or two of him with a beard.

Like Colin Pearson and music, I drew a lot of inspiration from other people to get into writing in the first place, and Garry is one of those guys. I really like the idea of going out and doing stuff, then writing about it. Doing stuff is the best.

Here are some interesting blogs I've come across lately about people doing stuff:

Are You My Wife?
Watch My Loss
Have fun - Kyle

PS - Best email of the day:

Hi Kyle I'm Nathalie from south of France my children hate you because they are hungry, it's dinner time but I read all your blog, forgetting the meal sorry for my English, thank you very much. I feel happy with your story

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

hahaha that e-mail is awesome!!!

Allan Wills said...

And we all know how the French LOVE to eat... so a paperclip can undo centuries of traition...

Cody at choosemyname.com said...

Kyle,
You never cease to amaze me with your generous and selfless personality. Thanks for the encouragement about our sites!

portamivia said...

Hi! It's surprising to see how far you went!!
It's Anna here, from Turin, Italy
:))

joannsdaily.com said...

Awesome success :D

iwant2bfamous.blogspot.com said...

I've got you in my blog :D Take a look :P

Anonymous said...

Choose My Name is SWEEET! Also, your house thing, pretty cool too!

Sean Perkey said...

Thanks for your constant support Kyle! You're generous beyond compare and an inspiration to all of out here trying to do "our" thing!

motherndaughter.blogspot.com said...

I didn't believe your story when my husband told me what he read in our Singapore SundayTimes newspaper. Now I do! : )

Shel Horowitz, author, Principled Profit said...

Hi, Kyle, I see you're still trading paperclips--fabulous! I just followed a link from Bob Burg's newsletter of 7/31 and watched the 20/20 segment.

And then I blogged about you at my Principled Profit blog.

Just because I love what you're doing, I'm going to send you by private e-mail a gift copy of my 280-page ebook, The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook--it'll come from my frugalfun.com address.