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Springfield Native Details Hitchhiking Adventures in New Book


A former Springfield resident and Glendale High School graduate has written a new book about the ten years he spent hitchhiking all over the world. Bryce Yarborough will be in Springfield Saturday, July 31 at Barnes and Noble Bookstore to sign copies of his book "Close Calls: Narror Escapes Living on the Road." KSMU's Missy Shelton recently spoke with Yarborough about his book and his experiences as a hitchhiker.

BRYCE YARBOROUGH SAYS HE DECIDED TO HIT THE OPEN ROAD WHEN HE AND HIS WIFE SPLIT AFTER ONE YEAR OF MARRIAGE.

HE HAD JUST FINISHED HIS DEGREE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI...

AND A LOT HAPPENED IN THOSE TEN YEARS...YARBOROUGH VISITED ALL 50 STATES, PARTS OF CANADA, MEXICO, EUROPE AND CENTRAL AMERICA.

HE SAYS HE HAD MANY DANGEROUS EXPERIENCES...MANY ARE OUTLINED IN HIS BOOK, INCLUDING THE STORY OF HOW HE ENCOUNTERED DRUG-DEALERS IN MOROCCO WHO WERE ARMED WITH MACHETES.

BUT HE SAYS MOST OF THE TIME, HE HAD PLEASANT EXPERIENCES MEETING NEW PEOPLE.

AND THOUGH HE HAD MANY POSITIVE EXPERIENCES HITCHHIKING, YARBOROUGH SAYS IT'S NOT AN EASY LIFE AND HE WARNS PEOPLE NOT TO UNDERESTIMATE THE DANGERS.

WHILE YARBOROUGH TRAVELED AROUND THE WORLD, SEEING MANY NEW AND EXCITING PLACES, HE SAYS SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI WAS NEVER FAR FROM HIS HEART.

THOUGH HE MISSED SPRINGFIELD DURING HIS TRAVEL, YARBOROUGH SAYS THERE WAS A REASON HE DECIDED TO HIT THE ROAD...

AND YARBOROUGH SAYS HE HOPES THAT WHAT HE BRINGS TO ANYONE WHO PICKS UP HIS BOOK.

HE SAYS HE HOPES HIS READERS LEARN THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPERIENCING JOY.

YARBOROUGH'S BOOK IS CALLED CLOSE CALLS: NARROR ESCAPES LIVING ON THE ROAD.

HE'LL BE IN SPRINGFIELD JULY 31ST FOR A BOOK SIGNING.