Guest #24: Luke Landers

Name: Luke Landers
Home: Claremont, California
Occupation: Entrepreneur; currently involved in design, manufacture and distribution of 2 lines of headwear (Equator in USA and Chaskee in the European Alps), as well as the production and sale of armored vehicles (TPS America).

Luke Landers is an entrepreneur, a religion professor, and an adventurer. He loves to travel as it offers the possibility of making new friends around the world.  Although he now lives in Claremont, California, he was born in Quito, Ecuador to missionary parents.  He left Ecuador to attend college in the States, where he obtained a PhD in Social Ethics from USC. He joins the ranks of other idealist as he is committed to making a positive difference in the world. When he is not teaching or making business deals, he enjoys spending time with his wife Victoria (a high school math teacher and two daughters Rachel (grad student at USC ) and Michelle (college student at San Francisco State University).

Would you be up for 9 months of travel like this?

My hatís off (literally) to the members of the team who have accomplished this impressive feat.  Itís the sort of thing I would very much like to do someday.  (Not sure that I could swing 9 months unless I could I could figure out how to do business on the road.)
What is your most memorable moment during your portion of the journey?
Stepping out of the vehicle at the edge of  Prudhoe Bay and feeling a great sense of accomplishment standing there at the Arctic Ocean (Beaufort Sea) after having traversed the State of Alaska in the middle of winter.
What advice do you have for future travelers in the program?
Prepare as thoroughly possible, particularly with regard to learning as much as you can about the places you will be traveling through.  Also, be prepared to get to know some of the nicest and most interesting people.  Take a digital camera.  And donít forget your  iPod.  
What surprised you the most?
The fact that I could tell the difference between the negative 15 degree and negative 30 degrees.
What was the best thing you ate?
Eggs Benedict on the Shores of  Prudhoe Bay.
What was the most difficult part of the traveling experience?
The most difficult part was camping in the midst of a blizzard above the Arctic Circle. While difficult it was one of the most fun things. Now that I am confident that I wonít lose any digits due to frost bite, I look back fondly upon the experience.