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May 30, 2008

Wan’s scooter journey around the US takes him to Kansas to meet Rolf

Rolf’s book has inspired countless people to drop everything and pursue their dreams of seeing the world. But no vagabond had ever dropped by Rolf’s home in Kansas to thank him personally. Until now.

A week ago, former Seoul resident Wan Lee (who originally read Vagabonding in its Korean translation) passed through Kansas on his now-legendary journey around the USA aboard a 50cc Honda Ruckus bike. The journey has taken him from the Redwood forests of California to Texas and North Carolina and everywhere in between. After arriving in Missouri, Wan wanted to visit Rolf in Kansas to meet the author who inspired his trip, which Wan is calling “The Adventures of Wan – Rucking Across the US!”

For Wan to meet Rolf and his family for dinner, Wan and his small scooter, which goes an average of 30 mph, had to travel down a three-mile dirt road because, as Wan says, Rolf lives in a “totally secluded place.”

Wan took lots of pictures of his time with Rolf (see them here), and he got a signed English-edition of Vagabonding as well as a VGB sticker to put on his bike.

Need some inspiration for your own vagabonding trip? I think you’ve found it. Way to go, Wan!

Part 1 of Wan’s epic trip can be found here. A Youtube video of Part 1 is here.

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[Above: Rolf and Wan take a break from cutting brush on Rolf’s farm]

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11 Responses to “Wan’s scooter journey around the US takes him to Kansas to meet Rolf”

  1. Jason Says:

    Wan is the man! And so is Rolf for writing the book that inspired Wan to travel. Many lives were enriched by this experience.

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