Author Archives: Russell Viers


Riding to Gallup with Wild Bill

I saw him up ahead, walking along the shoulder of the highway leaving Mesa, Arizona, backpack and trash bag full of clothes. As I zipped by with a list of reasons not to stop, I […]

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“Liberté” is how Josef described his life to me, distilling it down to a single word. As he said it a second time, he lifted his hands, palms up, toward the sky and faced the […]

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The Norwegian Wine Debacle of 2019

Every time I get a little cocky about my traveling prowess, something will happen that reminds me that I’m just a dope. Case in point, two nights ago I arrived in Oslo, Norway. Now this […]

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Cruising Colfax in a Taxi

His English wasn’t the best, but Marcus and I made it work. He was the taxi driver who showed up for me Sunday morning and, at first, I wasn’t sure I was getting my message […]

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The Prometheus Diet

I find I lack a certain discipline on the road. The brunt, of which, is paid for by my digestive system…well, and my liver. I respect people who can sit in a diner in a […]

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Neon Lights and Cheap Motels

After a day of speaking in Kearney, NE for the Nebraska Press Association, I headed south-ish toward home. I had said all along I should be home tonight, unless I got distracted. I’m not home. […]

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Hanging Out With the Jims

I was wandering around Mound City, MO taking pics of anything of interest. I snapped an old movie theater with my Rolleiflex 2.8 and moved on. I was weaving through the residential areas when this […]

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The Unexpected Economic Impacts of Flooding

It’s strange to drive on I-29 and be the only car, going either direction. Period. It’s like a scene from a movie. Since parts of it are closed due to the flooding, what few stretches […]

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Old Cars and the Concessions They Demand

There was a moment on my trip to Amarillo on Friday where I didn’t think I would make it in time for my speech. I was driving down from Alva, Oklahoma and had some map […]

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The Long Arm of the Law

I got pulled over today. After a fun morning teaching Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Bridge at he Panhandle Press Association convention in Amarillo,Texas I was home bound. Heading over to Oklahoma City on I-40 then […]

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