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Alan, got the book earlier this week.! TRULY appreciate you coming through , after I'd dropped th ball on my end.... THANK YOU!
I just wanted to say an enormous "well done!" for the project and thank-you for keeping me updated on your progress. It's been a real privilege to follow the evolution of your book from the very start and to finally read it, knowing that you put heart and soul into every page. I cannot believe how it's all taken flight since the first tentative moments with Kickstarter - and that photo-covered van is just awesome! Best wishes from this side of the Atlantic and keep us all posted if/when you come to England.
Robert and all who've commented here since my last post, thank you so much for your kind words—I can't express enough how cool and happy I feel that so many of you take the time to share your thoughts and pleasure you've found in FORKS! Even more that many of cooked recipes, shared the book with others and more. I hope to be on the road this summer promoting the general edition of the book and getting FORKS on more tables! Thank you all for making FORKS a reality :)
I've neglected to thank you for my book, but I do so now. Thanks so much and I've enjoyed my kick starter edition book and have already had some of the recipes. That are amazing and inspiring and I am planning my own over landing journey.
Allan, Superb job! I already have a prominent spot for your book and I'm looking forward to reading it front to back. The photography and illustration is superb. First rate. You should be very proud.
Randy (fellow rider)
Received your book yesterday, and can't say enough of what an amazing job you have done!! Above and beyond my expectations it went, thank you so much for sharing :)
Literally just received my copy of the book and postcards (and that awesome bookmark) and had to put it down long enough to say "well done, sir!"
It was a pleasure to learn more about your adventure and to help provide the funds to enable you to make your project a reality and share your stories with the world.
Hi Louis! Thanks so much for your note. I am so glad the book exceeded your expectations. The idea of short narrative vignettes was so that readers could digest the book in small chunks—while the story threads throughout, the chapters can stand on their own.
Many readers are posting comments on my Facebook page — many with pics of their book(s) — so if you, and other backers who receive this, are so inclined, I'd love to to see you and FORKS! www.facebook.com/worldrider.pro - Thanks again for your note! :)
Received the book yesterday, it turned out even better than I expected! I really like the format of short chapters and can't wait to try the recipes. Great job Karl.
Ha Curt! Yeah. It was quite the ordeal, but we made it fun! Onward!!!
Wow..Almost shed a tear watching her cut up your jacket. That must have been really hard for you....Thank you for sharing Allan! Looking forward to everything.
Congratulations on reaching all you goals. Looking forward to the books, Heard you speak at Country Rode Motowerks. Great Stories.
We are so proud and honored to know a guy like you! Congrats!
Allan --Congratulations! So sweet. It has been fun and nervewracking to watch and participate in this adventure. I can't even imagine how its been for you. Time for a scissors and champagne party!
Wow! I know, where is the drama! ?
Amazing and speechless —
Congratulations, Allan! But you were supposed to make it closer to midnight with mere minutes to go. Where's the drama? Quick, make another stretch goal! :)
Holy BMW Riding Jacket! Backer Tim Amos just took us over the top! We're at $40,014 with 7 hours to go.
I'm going to need to sharpen those scissors, I'm taking off my jacket and giving it to the amazing and generous backers of FORKS. Thank you!!!!
TIME TO START SHREDDING THAT JACKET !!!!!
Hey! Everyone -- Allan is just $2500 away -- if everyone kicked in (no pun intended) another $5 he would go sailing over the goal and wouldn't have to cut up his riding jacket. Do you know how hard it is to find a great riding jacket. SAVE THE JACKET! He's got my $5!
Yay! Gordon - You are awesome. And congrats on the Scooter Diaries !!! My god, looking like an underdog, but pulling in at the wee hours of the evening and crushing past your goal. Congrats my friend. We all need to read your father's inspiring story of love, romance and life of an adventurer! Thanks for your support!
I believe you are right.We will be tearing up that jacket. Tick, tick, tick... :)
I just increased my pledge because I really want a piece of Allan's jacket! :)
Way to go, Allan! I think you're going to make $40,000!
Suzi, Hanni, David, Jon, Joe, Gordon and John — and everyone else!!! Yes, we've made it past the biggest hump, now, as Hanna says, let's see how far we can stretch this. I'm thinking we can take this to $40k — so keep it up and let's get FORKS on more tables. I know I'll be able to print more copies and get a publicist to rock this book into the public eye! We're going to have fun! :) THANK YOU, ALL OF YOU!!!
wow! *huge* congratulations Allan!!! so psyched for you... and *us* who get to share in your adventures!
Yay!!! Congratulations Allan! Now let's see how far we can stretch this! Still spreading the word!
YES YES!! :) Congrats! well deserved my friend. Drove down the winding roads of Batur this afternoon headed into Lovina thinking of you buddy.
Congratulations! Keep rolling! Make Forks a best-seller ...
Allan. Congratulations on reaching your goal. Great job. I can't wait to hold the book. Get inspired and explore some delicious cuisine!
$22,000! Woohoo! Did you celebrate? :)
Adventurer + Biker + Foodie? This book has got to see the light of day. Count me in on this journey. Let's get this thing rolling!
We are going to make it and go way beyond everyone! I had no idea and am just crazy happy with the support everyone has given FORKS!
Let's go further!
You're almost there, Allan!
I love to cook and taste good food. I love to visit new places, but when that's not possible, photographs tickle my taste buds for travel. I love to tell and hear a good story. I love to ride my motorcycle over hill and dale on back roads everywhere. Connecting with others is why we are here. I'm stoked for Allan and I'm excited to read, see and taste the fruits of his journey. Here's toward the 'finish line' Allan!
Great words and thanks Eileen. I agree and am happy your a backer and especially for your nice words!
Skybox - (Angelina) Love it. We shall inspire each other!
David — Wow! You are the catalyst and inspiration for taking this to the Kickstarter community and encouraged to use crowdfunding to realize this dream. Looks like we're doing well! With some additional boost, we can set stretch goals and take this campaign to an entirely new level. That's fun.
Smiles and thank all of you for your support and comments here!
We need to bring understanding and compassion to our world. This book, your stories, and sharing it over a meal is a great start Bravo.
The man behind this project, Allan Karl, is one of those people who showed up in my life out of nowhere. His story, courage and passion inspired me to live out my dreams.
He shut down his successful business and took off for 3 years on a quest to explore the cultures of the world, experience their cuisine and to discover the connection that exists between all of us. Since meeting him, I did the same... shut down a bustling ad agency to explore all the beauty of this planet :) It was the best thing I ever did.
I am so grateful for friends like Allan to set the example, let go and trust!!
Please show support to help bring his story to the world!
A little over one year ago I was on my monthly business trip from San Diego to Denver. Shortly after takeoff the man seated next me began flipping through photos on his Ipad. I took a few quick glances and was struck by the incredible photography of people and places from all across the world. For the next 20 minutes I caught myself glancing back and forth at his screen and wondering about the story behind theses images..what photobook had he downloaded? I had to have it! That's when I saw an image that changed the course of the flight and massively influenced the actions I'm taking with my life today.
There he was, the man sitting next to me, standing aside what appeared to be two rebel soldiers in the middle of the jungle. He was holding one of their assault riffles with a huge smiles on all thief faces. I immediately pulled out my headphones and demanded to know more about these images!! Are these all your photos? Your travels? .... The conversation flowed naturally and soon these incredible pictures had a story. The man (Allan Karl) began to tell me his tale, the story of his travels around the world solo on a motorcycle for 3 years. Chills and goosebumps came with each new image and story. My eyes, ears and mind were simultaneously captivated for the first time in years! We spent the next two hours lost in the images together bouncing from one incredible story to the next. As the flight came to an end, we exchanged info to stay in contact and parted ways. From this brief encounter, I had made a new friend, mentor and someone to encourage my own wild ideas about packing it all away and traveling the world.
Weeks later, over breakfast, he told me of his struggles with publishers and explained the difficulties in his early attempts to get a book completed through "traditional channels". This is when I asked if he had considered crowd funding or more specifically, Kickstarter. I had seen so many amazing and not-so-amazing projects get the funding they needed to launch over the previous years. I knew if we could tell the stories I had heard, his efforts and dream could be realized. The pages could finally be printed and shared with the world. I found myself compelled to be part of his quest to turn the images and stories into a book.
It was at this point I decided to volunteer my time to help with image selection, editing and the basics of the Kickstarter campaign including the video. I did these things because of all the people and stories I have heard over the years, this one really deserved to be shared. I knew immediately that this book could and WILL inspire many others. A book that will bring the experiences of his tremendous journey into people's lives and homes.
Here we are a year later, all images finalized, stories written and pages laid out. This thing is beautiful and ready to print! The Kickstarter page launched just a few days ago... it's very exciting! Please take a moment to look at the page and video we put together about his amazing journey. (Link is the first comment on this post) It's a short video that immerses you into the book, on the road with Allan during these 3 life changing years. This is a must-have book for all who are interested in the world around them. From the people to the culture and cuisine, this book is a full package and is as close as it gets to the travel itself.
I am confident this book WILL inspire and change many people's lives as it has already made a profound and tangible impact on mine! As most of you already know, I set out on a one year journey last month following my dreams to explore this beautiful planet... pushing myself and my photography out of the comfort zone and into the unknown. This book, the stories and images within were all a huge source of inspiration for me to take that leap.
And here I sit, in a small restaurant in Bali, writing about this incredible man whose story inspired my own life transformation. His path has greatly inspired me and is sure to inspire others. Life is short and precious. Surround yourself with people and things that inspire you, things that remind you that anything is possible and that your dream can be your reality the moment you decide to make it happen.
After following the Worldrider blog during Allan's journey I am excited to see that his experience is going tangible. Not only will I be able to share the amazing photographs with family and friends (when they pick up the hard copy off the coffee table) but I am able to put things in context with unique and authentic dishes that originates across the globe. That is ... if I am able to pull off the recipes without major blunders in the kitchen!
Wow! Forks has absolutely stimulated ALL of my senses! I love the fact that you can pick up this lovely book, choose a country and create a scrumptious meal together with family and friends. This is what I grew up with in a large Italian family... Lots of laughs and stories shared over the dinner table. I am so excited to have the hard copy in my hands and I will shared with the loved ones around me who truly appreciate these moments as much as I do!
Have you ever just wanted to pack up and go see the world? Connect with other people? Immerse yourself in the cultures and wonders of the world? My friend of more than four decades, Allan Karl, did exactly that. Whether or not you wish to fund this kickstarter, do yourself a favor and watch the video. Allan's spirit, interest, smile and talent are incredibly inspirational. I dare you to watch and not contribute something!! Truth be known, I want YOU to join me in funding this project because I cannot wait for my own copy, nor for the couple dozen or so that I plan to give as gifts. Really, just watch the video. It will be the nicest thing you've done for yourself all day.
Great question Jonathan, thanks for reaching out here. I've had many people approach me about doing both a documentary on this journey as well as a television show. I'm currently exploring options and working to bring the FORKS idea to the screen. The answer is: YES!!!!!!!
The video is excellent -- Is the next project a Worldrider TV show?
Thank you Ran and Pat — I'm grateful for your support and thanks to you we will make this goal and get books into your hands and on more tables!
Amazing project Allan. I can't wait to be holding the book in my hands and go through it!
What can I say but absolutely excited about this book.... Ten copies please when Forks comes out! Congrats in creating something meaningful and useful for us all... Can't wait to try the recipes!
Hey Sturgis Chick – You'll love the food, the adventure and the stories. So much that you'll be cooking up new adventures and sharing stories with us! :) Thank you!!!!
Wishing you the best of luck on this project! Sturgis Chick loves to cook and eat so I really want your book! Cheers, Michelle