Dan The Road Trip Guy

Dan

This podcast started as my daughter and I drove to Florida on memorial day weekend 2022. It has been a wonderful journey of talking with my guests since then.

I believe so much is missed by not having conversations with people who come into our lives. I so regret not asking the 101 questions of my parents prior to their deaths. I love to hear other people's stories. The stories can include cars, road trips, how they got in their job or started their business and what is on their bucket list (Before I  die, I want to ____________). I love to ask my guests, if you could take a road trip with anyone living or deceased, who would it be, where would you go, what would you drive and what would you talk about? From time to time I will ask my guests to leave us with one piece of advice to help us live a more fulfilled life.

I hope you enjoy the episodes. You can find me at https://www.dannyneal.com.

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Episodes

Books, Nostalgia, and a Cross-Country Adventure: Will Hillenbrand's Captivating Journey
Jun 18 2024
Books, Nostalgia, and a Cross-Country Adventure: Will Hillenbrand's Captivating Journey
What fuels the creative spark of a children's book author who has brought over 80 books to life? Join us as we dive into the enchanting world of Will Hillenbrand, where dreams and childhood memories weave together to inspire beloved stories. From a red pedal-powered fire truck that ignited his imagination to the whims of a recurring dream that shaped his latest project, Will's journey is filled with wonder and nostalgia. Listen as he shares his adventures, including a captivating visit to Singapore to engage young minds in his creative process, and the sentimental tale of his first real car, a Volkswagen Squareback, that played a pivotal role in his courtship with his wife.But the episode doesn't stop at whimsy and nostalgia. Strap in for a wild cross-country road trip from Cincinnati to California and back, filled with mechanical mishaps, camaraderie, and unexpected encounters. We recount the harrowing yet heartwarming saga of a malfunctioning car, the kindness of strangers, and a motley crew's journey through the heart of America. From the missing second gear to blowing a rod near Las Vegas, and a bizarre late-night cafe stop, you'll be on the edge of your seat. The story culminates in a successful resolution as a new car paves the way for the group's unforgettable adventure to its thrilling end.You can find Will's books at your favorite book seller. His website is https://www.willhillenbrand.com/
Shifting Gears: Denis Beausejour's Talks About His Three Seasons of Life
Mar 25 2024
Shifting Gears: Denis Beausejour's Talks About His Three Seasons of Life
Picture yourself embarking on a transformative journey, not just across landscapes, but through the very essence of life's purpose and meaning. Denis Beausejour, a man who shifted gears from a high-flying corporate career at Procter & Gamble to the profound calling of being a pastor. Our conversation cruises through Denis's captivating life story, from navigating a bone-chilling road trip in a vintage Volkswagen Beetle to the seismic awakening that rerouted his path towards spirituality and reflection. Along the way, Denis imparts the wisdom he's gathered on the road less traveled, a journey that he's encapsulated in his heartfelt memoir, "The Biggest Idea Ever."As we peel back the layers of Denis's corporate tenure, we uncover the entrepreneurial spirit that propelled him through the ranks and the immense insights he gained. Yet, it was the aftermath of an earthquake in Japan that shook the foundation of his life, steering him toward a new horizon where faith and purpose intersect. Denis's pivot from the business boardroom to the pulpit is not just a career change; it's an odyssey that has taken him across continents, nurturing his family, his flock, and ultimately, his own soul.Strap in for a philosophical road trip as we venture beyond the confines of routine life, tackling the concept of bucket lists, the thrill of a dream drive across America in a Porsche 911, and the timeless allure of a historical travel companion. This episode is a map to living with intention and presence, as Denis shares how to start your day, and the art of slowing down—lessons mirrored in Denis's pilgrimage on the Camino with his wife. Whether you're seeking direction on your personal highway or just a passenger enjoying the view, this episode offers a compass to guide you towards a life of meaning. And for those eager to navigate the roads that Denis has traveled, stick around for a chance to win a copy of his book. You can find Denis at Denis Beauséjour (denisbeausejour.com).Be sure to pick up a copy of his book "The Biggest Idea Ever" on his website or your favorite book seller.
Racing Through Time: Bob Wood's Automotive Adventures and the GT40 Legacy
Mar 2 2024
Racing Through Time: Bob Wood's Automotive Adventures and the GT40 Legacy
Recall the roar of engines and the scent of motor oil? That's where you'll find me, Dan the Road Trip Guy, and my long time friend, Bob Wood, as we swap tales of our automotive exploits.  Bob's story of purchasing his first car a Bugeye Sprite not only revs up the nostalgia but also fuels a conversation about the bonds formed under the hoods of our beloved machines and along the countless miles of open road.Strap in for a flashback to the gritty race tracks of the '70s, where Bob starting racing in Formula Ford racing. He shares the details of competing against the likes of Michael Andretti and Chip Ganassi, recounting a victory that's as sweet today as it was then. Bob and I explore the strategies used when every penny counted, from conserving tires to outmaneuvering the competition. It's a glimpse into an era where the love of the race was as important as the trophy at the end.The episode shifts gears when Bob recounts the extraordinary story of becoming the owner along with two partners of the GT40 trademark. This isn't just a car enthusiast's dream; it's a slice of history, from circling dream cars in magazines to owning a piece of legacy.  So tune in, fasten your seatbelt, and join us for a journey that celebrates the intersection of car culture, and the enduring spirit of innovation.Be sure to visit the website at GT40.com. Where you can not only purchase GT40 parts, but hats, patches, mugs and the beautiful guitar Bob mentioned.
Navigating Dreams and Dedication: A Conversation with Stan Kimbrough
Feb 8 2024
Navigating Dreams and Dedication: A Conversation with Stan Kimbrough
Have you ever wondered what ignites the fire in the hearts of athletes, what drives them from humble beginnings to the grand stages of professional sports? Buckle up as I take a virtual road trip with Stan Kimbrough to navigate the twists and turns of his remarkable journey from an Ohio youngster with a love for sports to playing professional basketball. Ride along as we talk how he has never left court and is now training young people in the skills of basketball.Remember the thrill of your first set of wheels? For Stan, it was a lime green Ford station wagon. He talks about packing the car and heading off to the drive in movies.  As we ride along with Stan, the conversation shifts gears, exploring the pivotal moments that shaped his destiny: a YMCA coach's pivotal guidance, a switch from football to basketball, and the college recruitment dance that led to unexpected turns and brought him to Cincinnati to play at Xavier University.Our episode culminates with Stan sharing the playbook on how to approach basketball training from the ground up, emphasizing fundamental skills while integrating life's vital lessons. His insights on nurturing dedication, commitment, and the essence of teamwork are a slam dunk for anyone looking to better themselves both on and off the court. So turn up the volume, and let's hit the road together for this episode filled with nostalgia, wisdom, and the spirit of the game that connects us all.You can find Stan at https://www.kimbrobball.com
Pedal to the Metal: The Inspiring Journey of Adam Andretti
Oct 28 2023
Pedal to the Metal: The Inspiring Journey of Adam Andretti
Fasten your seatbelts, folks! We're hitting the road with none other than Adam Andretti, a member of the iconic Andretti racing family. Adam takes us for a spin around his world, recounting tales of high-speed thrills and family bonds. From his early introduction to driving at the tender age of nine, to his thrilling journey in the racing circuit, Adam's stories are not just about racing, but about life lessons, relationships, and the pursuit of dreams.Ever wondered what the Andretti brothers chat about during those long road trips? Well, Adam opens up about the bond that ties this legendary racing family together. He reminisces about his father, Aldo Andretti and his uncle, Mario Andretti. He shares about his first car, a Plymouth Sundance turbo handed down from his older sister.  As he shares his experiences in the Trans Am series, Adam highlights the importance of connections and coaching in racing, and how these elements have shaped his career.Lastly, we hit the brakes and take a moment to reflect on family, relationships, and the pursuit of dreams. Adam encourages us all, especially the younger generation, to relish their relationships with their parents and grandparents. He emphasizes the value of hard work and perseverance in reaching our goals. So, if you're a racing enthusiast, Adam's advice is to jump at any opportunity to work with a race team. It could just be the stop you need on your road to success. So, gear up for an engaging ride filled with life lessons, racing tales, and some great Andretti family stories.Be sure to follow Adam’s racing at https://gotransam.com/And Check it for Andretti at https://www.checkit4andretti.org/
Triumphs and Trials: The Inspirational Story of Liz Kaeser
Oct 17 2023
Triumphs and Trials: The Inspirational Story of Liz Kaeser
Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey with Liz Kaser, a remarkable woman whose life is filled with adventurous road trips, cycling, and inspiring stories of resilience. Liz, an eating disorder recovery coach with an undying love for the outdoors, takes us back in time to her first car, an iconic Renault Le Car. We explore the memories of her epic road trip with husband Kurt as they traveled home from Michigan, and how this experience gave birth to family adventures in Michigan.As we cruise through the conversation, Liz expounds on her affinity for cycling and the high spirits that come with conquering long rides. She enlightens us on her dream road trip, a bittersweet journey she wished to embark on with her late friend, Nancy. Wrapping up, we pivot towards her remarkable adventure in Everest 29029, a symbolic representation of climbing Mount Everest, but taking place in Sun Valley. Liz's stories are a testament to her resilient spirit and the power of staying present in every moment of life. From her lively anecdotes about road trips to her profound insights into endurance and resilience, Liz's story is a living testament to the beauty of life's journey. Buckle up and get ready for a ride filled with laughter, tears, and the warmth of human spirit.Be sure to check out Liz's website at https://www.eatingbyfaith.com/ and her book Eating by Faith: A Walk With God. My Eating Disorder From The Inside Out. You can find the  book at Amazon.
Exploring Music and Life on the Road with Scott McLaughlin
Aug 15 2023
Exploring Music and Life on the Road with Scott McLaughlin
Ever taken a road trip that made you fall in love with music all over again? Buckle up, as we journey alongside Scott McLaughlin, the lead singer of the Scotty Mac Band, who shares tales of his youth in the Californian desert, where his love for music and road trips started. His first car was a 1984 Mitsubishi pickup truck. In a heartwarming chat, Scott recounts his favorite trips, from California family vacations to thrilling road tirps that are sure to reignite your wanderlust.Imagine discovering your passion for music when you are 13! That's the case with Scott, whose dad gifted him a guitar, marking the start of an extraordinary journey into the world of melody. His humble beginnings, from playing bar gigs with friends to achieving success with the Scotty Mac Band, underline the essence of hard work and dedication. As we navigate the ups and downs of his musical journey, you'll get a glimpse of Scott's unique approach to creating music that brings joy to people and, importantly, his emphasis on kindness and humility.Love country music? Here's where it gets interesting. Scott takes us on a discovery tour of country music, sharing his creative process, his father's influence, and the impacts of his steadfast determination to excel. The final leg of our journey with Scott takes us into the trenches of the music industry. Scott offers some real, hard-earned advice for those dreaming to make it big in the industry or in life for that matter. According to Scott, this isn't just about talent, it's about kindness, authenticity, and dedication to your craft. So, are you ready for an inspiring ride filled with music and life lessons? Buckle up and Tune in!You can find the Scotty Mac Band on social media under Scott Mac Band, on the internet at https://www.scottymacband.com or download their app from your favorite app store.
Exploring Life and Career with Kevin Jackson: From First Cars to Cybersecurity Success
Aug 7 2023
Exploring Life and Career with Kevin Jackson: From First Cars to Cybersecurity Success
I journey with cybersecurity expert Kevin Jackson as he takes us back to his teenage days, with the memory of his first car, a 1984 Chevy Cavalier. It's a heartfelt story that resonates, echoing the bond between Kevin and his father, and the lessons learned from the adventures with that car. Not just a tale of an old car, but an inspiring story of discovery, life, and connection.Igniting a long-forgotten passion, Kevin's story veers into the present day, where he tells us about his recent acquisition of a Mercedes CLS 550, and how it rekindled his love for automobiles. But this isn't just about cars; it's also about career journeys. Kevin gives us a glimpse into his transition from engineering to the realm of cybersecurity and his eventual entrepreneurship. As he discusses the growth of the security industry and his experiences founding his own cybersecurity companies, it's a testimony to his entrepreneurial spirit and offers a unique perspective into the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape.Finally, we delve into Kevin's life beyond tech, his passion for writing, and his dream of creating stories that resonate with the youth. He shares his wish to record family tales and his future plans, including a dream road trip with his paternal grandparents. It's an engaging, heartwarming, and inspiring ride with Kevin Jackson, exploring life, career, and the power of storytelling. Don't miss out on this captivating conversation as we learn about Kevin, his journey, and his captivating tales.You can find out for about Kevin's company at https://www.level6cyber.com/
Crafting Hats, Crafting Lives: The Tale of Joe Edlhuber, Teacher and Entrepreneur
Jul 25 2023
Crafting Hats, Crafting Lives: The Tale of Joe Edlhuber, Teacher and Entrepreneur
Meet Joe Edlhuber, the Georgia-based former schoolteacher turned entrepreneur, whose love for road trips and national parks led him to be part of Park Hats. Imagine cruising 1400 miles to Albuquerque and embarking on an 18-day adventure through seven breathtaking national parks. These experiences played a significant role in the creation of Park Hats after his brother-in-law and artist came up with the first design. As we journey through Joe's story, we uncover the formation of Park Hats. From a hat inspired by Sequoia National Park to the best-selling Smokey Mountain Park hat. Park Hat creations are a celebration of America's national parks. Joe has a  passion for teaching the young generation and that has not stopped since stepping away from the formal classroom.  Listen as Joe talks about his involvement with robotics, and coding. Of course there is the story of his first car, a 1991 GEO Tracker.As our conversation deepens, we explore the dream of an RV adventure across the USA, and the anticipation of an Alaskan cruise, revealing the importance of dreams and bucket lists. Joe's anecdote about his grandfather's adventures in Cuba adds an enriching layer to the conversation. As we conclude, we touch upon Joe's ongoing initiative to partner with smaller organizations outside of national parks, spotlighting his commitment to giving back to the community. So, join us on this exciting expedition, as we navigate the roads less travelled, one hat at a time.Be sure to listen in on how to get a 20% discount on your Park Hats order. https://www.parkhats.com