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Five Quirky Places To Sleep In Iowa

Sometimes you just need to try something a little bit different, unique, or even wacky when road trippin' across the country.  One of the latest trends in trave...

Life On The Road In 2017

At the end of each year, I take some time to look back and reflect on all of the things I've experienced.  As usual, some of the moments were amusing, a few hea...

Things I Learned On The Road In 2016

  Dubuqe, Iowa has the shortest and steepest railroad in the world. Kansas is less "flat" than Florida. The greatest public green space in Ameri...

How Pickleball Saved My Life

This article was originally featured in Pickleball Magazine. For most of my life I've been somewhere in the spotlight.  I started doing ads on the radio when...

Naples Bet On Pickleball Pays Off

Propped up against the door of my suite at Bellasera Hotel, the local newspaper has "Pickleball Tourney Worth Millions" splashed across its front page as I head...

Joplin Still Healing Five Years Later

Bringing up the 2011 tornado that tore apart this southern Missouri town brought visible emotion to residents I met during a recent stop in Joplin.  One girl st...

Hanging Out With A Country Music Legend

Jerry Bradley sits a foot away from me, in an old waiting room chair from the RCA Records building on Music Row in Nashville.  It's one of hundreds of objects h...

Otis Redding Still Thrives In Macon, GA

This year will mark 50 years since the tragic plane crash that killed legendary musician Otis Redding.  Mr. Redding was just 26 years old in 1967 and already a ...

Meeting The Muppets In Atlanta

When I was a child, Kermit The Frog was my hero.  Watching Jim Henson's most popular creation hosting The Muppet Show probably inspired me to become a host, ent...

13 Fun Animal Experiences On The Road

One of the things I never really considered when I started Bill On The Road was how many animals I'd get to encounter during my stops in cities across the count...