Popular Tags:

The first ITLR book can be yours soon! And for a limited time – for FREE!

April 4, 2015 at 8:53 pm

Hi dear friends!

Here is a pre-Pre-Launch announcement… *drum roll, please*… With current planning, IN THE LONG RUN: Stories Written From The Road – the ebook – will be released via AMAZON in early JUNE!

3D - stack with standing front and back copies - longrun3D-4

This is the series of stories I wrote for a newspaper in real time during those two life-transformational years. Readers of the newspaper had to wait two years to get all the stories – you will get them all at once!

This book serves as a companion book to the much larger and more personal main book – IN THE LONG RUN: A Hopeful World Odyssey.

Here is what EWAN McGREGOR had to say about the main book:
“My two trips by bike were amazing and life changing, but short compared to Tom’s two-year traveling extravaganza! One Man, One Scooter, One Hell of a Ride!”

And here is what living legend in Photography DOUGLAS KIRKLAND said about my photography and the main book I wrote about the journey:

“In The Long Run is really exciting! After reading it, the words “He’s a modern Marco Polo” came to mind. Tom boldly created and carried out this challenging project in part to improve his photography – he achieved some excellent results.”

You can read more reviews here: http://www.melawend.com/about-itlr/

BONUS! During the FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE LAUNCH… you will be able to GET THE BOOK – for FREE!

And if you feel your FB friends and other social media sites you’re on that might be interested, please SHARE THIS BLOG!

Cheers to you and yours for your HAPPIEST EASTER yet!


You will soon be able to get the ITLR ebooks!

January 4, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Jackie combined ITLR cover photo a

Hi dear friends! 

Happy 2015!  I hope this year becomes your best one yet!

I believe the story of my two-year journey around the world on motorscooter Melawend to promote friendship and communication – what became a profound education in the world and the self – will be of help to you on your continuing odyssey through life, including…

  • Getting clarity and certainty about what you want in life;
  • Passionately and proactively pursuing your dreams, come what may;
  • Overcoming personal limitations;
  • Creating win/win solutions with others.  The process of helping others get what they need often helps you in getting what you need;
  • Developing positive, mutually beneficial relationships and strengthening existing ones; and
  • Finding and developing new opportunities to enhance your life and those you love.

Stay with me for further developments!

Cheers to you and your loved ones!



Hi! Welcome to melawend.com Are you at a crossroads in your life? Good! I can help you.

November 15, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Hi, my friend!

Tom – “mobile officing”

Welcome to www.melawend.com!

Have you come to a major crossroads in your life and find yourself wondering: where do I go from here?  Or have you wanted to follow your true passions but didn’t know how to start or were afraid to?


I was there.  What I did was a bit radical and forced me to break out of my comfort zone in a huge way.  I had never been out of North America before, nor ridden any kind of motorbike – but I got on a scooter… and rode aroud the world!

I believe you’ll discover that  the story of my experiences and hard-won lessons of life I learned can help you onto a path to a happier and more fulfilling life.

My two-year journey around the world on motorscooter Melawend to promote friendship and communication evolved into a profound education in the world, relationships and the self.  It ran the gamut of human emotions and interactions.  There were efforts that exceeded way beyond my hopes, and those that went nowhere – you can learn from them and apply them to your own life.

The journey required the need to develop WIN/WIN strategies.  I learned how to overcome personal imitations (for example, shyness).  I learned how to find and develop inner strengths (including focus, clarity, innovation, and willpower).  I found that helping others get what they needed often led to me getting what I needed.  Just one example was in securing sponsored onward passage by sea and air.  I believe the many LESSONS OF LIFE that I learned along the way can help you move forward to create a happier and more fulfilling life – and you can apply these lessons anywhere you are!

For details on my story and how it and this site can help you, check out the About ITLR page


  • IN THE LONG RUN: A Hopeful World Odyssey – the ebook! This is the full story of my two-year journey around the world on motorscooter Melawend – told candidly, as I would tell the story to a friend, in ways that might be helpful to him or her. Since 2000, I self-published and sold the hard copy edition – just a big, bulky, heavy 597-page Cerlox-bound book comprised of 8″ x 11″ pages. But I decided to discontinue it. I am currently putting the finishing formatting touches on it before converting it into the popular eBook platforms. Stay tuned for more!
  • IN THE LONG RUN: Stories Written From The Road – the ebook! This is a companion book to IN THE LONG RUN: A Hopeful World Odyssey. During my two-year journey, I wrote stories from the road for my hometown newspaper. Whereas the hometown audience had to wait for each installment, you get ALL the stories at once!
  • longrun3D1 3D - front standing longrun3D-1
  • VIDEO Blogs! I’ve got some great video blogging gear so I’ll be posting vlogs here!
  • I’m creating products and programs to help people through their journeys through life. I am applying to them my life experiences, knowledge, research, and networking to make available strategies and tools.

Tom & Jackie

And I am so blessed to be engaged to an amazing, intuitive, empathic, spiritual, wise, and beautiful-in-so-many-ways woman – Jacqueline Katherine Jones – who loves life as I do and has a great sense of humor! She is also a writer, quite a good one at that! Her forthcoming ebook –  BEING HUMAN: Your Past Does Not Determine Your Future – will help others create a happier and more fulfilling life!

Check out her website and the Facebook page for her book.

Look here for updates on her writings and our collaborations!





Well, back to work on things that will be hot of the press… WordPress, that is!

Cheers to you and your loved ones, my friend!


chapter bar -


MELAWEND – My Amazing Honda Elite 250 Motorscooter

Helpful Quotes & Odyssey Photos by Tom

NEWS ~ About ITLR ~ About Tom ~ Chapters ~ Galleries ~ FAQ ~ Contact ~ For YOU!

Chapter 1: Crossroads
Chapter 23: Sojourn in Greece
Chapter 24: The Ups and Downs of Egypt

IN THE LONG RUN: Stories Written From The Road
Christmas in Greece – lively, lonely…

chapter bar -