"I absolutely love this site! We read about a lot of terrible things happening in America today...After reading your articles, I feel relieved and hopeful that there is still plenty of good in America. Thank you!"
"Great adventure! Good writing."
Charles C., Louisiana
"I just had to check out your site, TOTALLY AWESOME, I could never venture out in such a way...I truly envy
you for your bravery and courage to venture into the unknown. It takes a very strong person to live that kind of life."
E. Guidry, Louisiana
"Thanks again for the RIDE."
H. Brooks, Iowa
"Thanks for letting me come along."
D. Posthumus, Harlingen, Texas
"You have "true grit" to have accomplished all you have done this past year. Good luck to you!"
"I see you young guys out on these motorcycles, and I'm so Goddamn jealous, I want to beat the hell out of you!"
Man in parking lot of Andalusia, Alabama Post Office
"What a wonderful adventure. Thank you for hours of great reading and wonderful pictures... I have gained the inspiration to take a journey of my own -myself and 3 friends are taking our first white water adventure next year in Colorado."
Alice B., Missouri
"I wish I had the balls to do what you are doing."
"I love this..I wish I had the guts to do it!"
"I just returned from Kosovo, and after flying many sorties and hours during this crisis, it was a joy in reading some of your articles. After flying a mission,
I have always thought about doing just what you are doing."
"Best website I've seen! Noble project, Mark. I respect and envy you!"
Matthew W., Wisconsin
"Wow! This is a great site, Mark!... You are living my ideal, and I just want to say you have my respect and good wishes."
Tracy B., England
"I love this..I wish I had the guts to do it! I love stories about cool people that are unique..thats what makes us truly American!"
"Your articles inspire me to dream a little each day."
"Wondrous in both concept and execution. What you're doing is the Web at its finest."
"Man, I am so proud of you."
M. Dismuke, Georgia
"Wow, what a trip! Thanks for the ride Mark."
Alberto H., Highland, California
"Excellent concept, very well researched and written - I am going to read an episode each night."
Brian M., Australia
Go Mark GO!
"I WANT TO DO THAT!!!!"
"You lucky bastard !!! I'm jealous. I rode out to Sturgis in 98 from Massachusetts It was the dream of a life time....until I read your trip."
"I am truly envious! You possess the spirit of a true biker in America!"
Jeffrey R., San Francisco
"Really a unique concept, great site quality, all in all I am very impressed. ..Thanks!
"Iron Mike" M.
"Keep up the GOOD work!! It's so nice to have such quality on the net!"
"This is a dream of mine. To be able to bike around the US.You are a insperation to me.Keep up the good work.Ride on,ride proud.For you are the true American spirit."
"I wish I had the balls to do what you're doing."
"I stumbled across your wonderful web-site about two months ago, and simply cannot stay away... Thank you for bringing so many lives into mine."
"Thank you for sharing this wonderful adventure with our family!"
Patsy S., Arkansas
"Its not just that you have the guts to do what so many of us wish to do, lean into the wind, travel the highways' dreams, but to me it is the gentleness of your voice and that something inexplicable in only a few that
allows them to talk to people, really talk I mean."
Adam W. Brooklyn, NY
"I could spend hours on your site."
"So many of us want to do what you're doing, and so few of us have the opportunity to do so. Many, many thanks for sharing your journey with the rest of us."
"I just got done reading your page called "Pass With Care". Thank you is all I can say. No...Wait...There is more. Those crosses mean a lot to the people who erect them and I feel that I have honored the memory of their loved ones by reading about them on your page - it is hard to lose someone."
Angie in Nebraska
"Keep following your dream. You are doing great & a lot of folks are living vicariously through your exploits."
"I am sooo jealous."
"Who are you? Has the trip answered that?"
"I loved reading and looking thru your web page. It is so very wonderful that you are able to do this and give insight into the usa to so many other people."
"Your stuff is terrific. I ride a Honda ST and think your trip is
great and glad you didn't give up after your accident in Calif. Keep
it up friend."
"Super idea pal! If I were a tweat younger and with a few more training-miles on my Harley, I might try something similar! Stay vertical......your friend,"
David A.W., S.P.
"You are living a dream of so many of us. Riding off into the sunset"
"Charles Kuralt on a Harley...I love reading this!"
"Mark, have got to tell you, that you are a brave man. I have been to Mexico a few times and have never been brave enough to eat any food."
"We crossed in traffic on Wednesday...in Lafayette, Louisiana. I thought, 'Wow, on a motorcycle....he must be nuts traveling in the rain at night'. Anyway, "CUDO'S" to you for your travels. I envy you and anyone else who can do this."
Connie and Allen R.
"I think your trip is great - I wish I was with you!"
"I like your "human interest" style of writing. You are also blessed to recognize you only go around once in this world, so if you have a dream, go for it. God bless, and enjoy - you can inspire others to take risks in their life."
"Thanks for stopping by Kopp's Cycle Shop (Bicycles) on Aug 6, 1998. When you asked if you could park your bike in the lot, I assumed you meant bicycle when I told you to take it around back, because some one might steal it. I only realized today why you gave me such a funny look.
Neat idea and web site. Good Luck!"
"It is so awesome of you to travel across the country and to write such beautiful stories to help the less fortunate people who aren't able to travel..."
Kopp's Cycle est.1891
Princeton NJ 08542
"I THINK THIS IS A WONDERFUL THING THAT YOU ARE DOING. NOT VERY MANY PEOPLE CAN DO WHAT YOU ARE DOING. AND NOT TOO MANY WILL SEE THE WORLD IN A LIFETIME, BUT IT'S GOOD THAT WE CAN SEE PARTS OF THE WORLD THROUGH YOUR EYES. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!"
"Have really enjoyed reading of your adventures and insight on the wonderful people you have met along the way. You have done an excellent job of showing us that America is full of wonderful stories to be told."
"Really interesting and uplifting! Keep up the good work."
"Please keep doing what you are doing. What a rush to decide to
do this. I have long believed that this is a wonderful place despite what
the media tells us daily. I think that you are continuing Charles Kurault's
dream. May dreams never die."
"I like your stories, they deal with real people and real happenings."
"What a gift you have given to those of us without your courage and
determination!... When your trip is over, and is but a memory for you, please know that you have impacted many others whom you never even met. Thank you for the smiles!!!"
"Truly enjoyed your piece on the drive in in Litchfield, Illinois but found one item of misinformation in the article I would like to see corrected. I work for Pepsi and that is what they serve out there. You twice mentioned Coke in the story. I would appreciate it if you could change that so all the facts are correct."
"Your essay on the Amish impressed me. You capture the spirit and the essence of your subjects."
"A few month ago I could have imagined doing something else on a Sunday
morning before I have to go to work, today it has become a routine for me to
follow your tracks... Once again, you had me laughing with the opening and thinking throughout the story as you had my undivided attention."
Hans J., Orlando, Florida
"I've been following your travels since New Hampshire.
Some times I feel like I'm right alongside. Keep up the great work and stay safe."
"I have visited your website and found the stories of True America to be very interesting! Kudos on finding unique people with unique jobs/inventions that have helped form our nation."
"Cool site... it was fun reading about your travels. It really is great
stuff. Keep up the good work!"
"It bothers me that so much of our history is getting bulldozed... After all, if you've been in one mall, you've been in the same one all over the country, and the neighborhoods are following the same fate... I guess that means that we just have to look for the little things for beauty. Which is why it's really neat that you are doing this!!"
Claudia C., Los Angeles, California
"We've read your last few essays - they are excellent!!! So far 'Sophie' is my favorite."
D. & C. Cameron, Mansfield, Massachusetts
"It is just fascinating to follow you around with stories that no news media would ever present and that the world would never see otherwise."
Hans M., Altamonte Springs, Florida
"Just a note to thank you for that poignant and meaningful story, "Sophie
and Frankie's Last Dance," partly about The Connecticut Hospice. I know
it will be helpful to us and hope it will be useful to other people
throughout the country. Your "uncommon view of the common man" project
is exciting and we all hope it will grow and prosper. Thanks again."
"This last piece you wrote was
right on! Very sensitive. Full of caring ideas and people. Not written as some
"objective" journalist out to tell yet another meaningless story."
D. Brent Miller, South Bend, Indiana
"Solphie and Frankie's Last Dance is a lovely story. Thanks so much for
Obe Lisai., Chester, Vermont
(About "Slip Shot")
"Great story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it made me want to come out of summer retirement
"I have been following your web page, and I am delighted to hear you describe
locals that I am very familiar with... It is good practice for later on in
your trip, when I will be seeing only through your eyes..."
" I heard you today on WATD, Marshfield MA. Good Luck!!!"
"Let me know when the book will be out. I would love to read it.
Have a safe trip."
"I saw your story in the Manchester paper today and I must say that I envy
your quest. I too agree that the small people in this country are forgotten in our daily headlines....I think you are on the right track."
"Just finished reading the article about your trip in the Union Leader...
I enjoyed the stories and am looking forward to
more. Your website is now a "Favorite Place" on my computer...
I live in N.H. and didn't realize we had such interesting people living here."
"Read about your journey in today's Manchester Union Leader.
I've already set your home page in my "favorite sites folder"
"Hello, I just wanted to wish you luck on your journey. I am looking forward
to reading you stories as you go on your way.I hope you have better weather
than we have had in the month of June. GOOD LUCK"
"I read about your journey in a Portland, ME.
paper the other day. Being an amatuer writer myself I commend
you for what you are undertaking. I've not heard of anyone
doing something like this in awhile."
J. E. Paradis
"I am Karin from Germany. Your intention to travel
through all states of the US in a year is very interesting and I will
continue to read your true america story every week.
I am sorry my english isn't very good, but I want to wish you all the best and
good luck.Take care for yourself."
"I DO like your site. A lot. It's energetic, creative, it's got a lot of
heart and soul."
Martha Finney. Producer,
Working From the HeartLand