By Larry Richert

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – In his last book, “Scratch Beginnings,” Alan Shepard had a simple goal- penniless, he would move to a city he didn’t know and would in one year find a job, own a car, have a furnished apartment, and money in the bank. He did it in less than a year, and that book became a best-seller. Now, Shepard is back with his new book, “One Year Lived,” about his adventures in 17 countries on four continents, with only $19,000 in his pocket.

“I spent two years saving all of my money, and then went out into the world to spend it all,” says Shepard. “I was going to have the greatest year of my life, and spend all of my money.”

Shepard talked to KDKA-AM’s Larry and John about his new book and how he succeeded in his goal. The adventures he’s had had are legendary, and he brought home a great souvenir.

“I met my wife on this trip,” says Shepard. “She’s from Slovakia and I met her in Honduras. We ended up traveling the rest of the trip together.”

Shepard says he didn’t make this trip because he was disenfranchised with life or bored, but because he wanted to live life to the fullest.

“I wanted to make love on a beach that wasn’t in my own country. I wanted to herd cattle. I wanted to volunteer with kids in Honduras. I wasn’t trying to escape a terrible life, and I think that’s important to understand that I wasn’t mad at the world when I left.”

And Shepard’s trip wasn’t without peril- in Nicaragua, he was robbed when a couple of guys tricked him out of his money.

Check out his other stories like running the Great Wall of China and dressing up like Batman to warn people of crimes in the podcast, or check out his new book, “One Year Lived.”

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