Author Travels His Father’s Life-Changing Road Trip 80 Years Later, Chronicled in Riveting Adventures

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“Walt: A Story of Fathers, Sons and Road Trips,” by Charlie Seymour, intertwines both father's and son’s real-life travel diaries, ultimately revealing their enduring love for one another and reminding us of the deep bonds that define our lives.

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"While the reader will certainly enjoy the charming adventures and beautiful scenery described in both Walt’s and Charlie’s travel diaries, this book offers so much more…" Pulitzer-Prize Nominated Author, Barbara Benjamin

After retiring in 2005, author Charlie Seymour went on a six-month, mind-expanding road trip, on motorcycle, to Mexico. One of the few personal items he brought with him was his father Walt Seymour’s pocket diary, which he had kept when he took his own life-changing road trip at the age of 17, back in 1926. During his motorcycle trip, Charlie reflected on both his and his father’s road trips, intrigued by the way “road trips” related to life-changing events, Walt's journey in 1926 in response to his graduation from high school; and Charlie's in 2005, in response to his retirement. Fascinated with the possibilities of reliving his father’s experience, Charlie decided his next trip would be to retrace the route his father traveled in 1926, to keep his own diary and to discover what the two diaries, side by side, might reveal.

The route started in Madison, Wisconsin, north to Canada, west across Canada to Vancouver, then south along the Pacific coast, through Washington, Oregon and California to Mexico and, then, returned to Madison via the Grand Canyon. Walt traveled by train and hitch-hiking; Charlie traveled in a 30-year-old RV, his first taste of the RV lifestyle.

“While the reader will certainly enjoy the charming adventures and beautiful scenery described in both Walt’s and Charlie’s travel diaries, this book offers so much more…By recounting many memorable incidences when his father gently and firmly taught him right from wrong and tangibly demonstrated his support and protection for him, Seymour provides timeless, valuable examples of how to be a strong, supportive father.” – Pulitzer-Prize Nominated Author, Barbara Benjamin

Readers will be engrossed in this touching true story of a father and son as they embark on the engaging and personal journey Walt and Charlie took together, though 80 years apart. In this inspiring story, the reader will enjoy a glimpse of what life was like in 1926 and will be moved by those timeless adventures that bind us together and make life exciting from one generation to another. To learn more, and to see Walt's photos from 1926, please visit

“Walt: A Story of Fathers, Sons and Road Trips”
By Charlie Seymour
ISBN: 978-1-4808-2865-0 (sc); 978-1-4808-2866-7 (e)
Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Archway Publishing

About the Author
Charlie Seymour has lived in many places around the world and has worked as a teacher, computer programmer, corporate executive, auto mechanic, entrepreneur, and farmer. He retired in 2005 and has devoted himself to writing, travel, spiritual growth, tinkering with cars and motorcycles and staying alive. He currently resides in Galveston, Texas.

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