Who Are We?

by Mike Hinkle & Cindy Michaels

Formerly Cruising America, we continue to invite readers to travel with us as we explore new pathways in life and new adventures in this amazing country of ours with our new gateway - A WINDING ROAD.

Publishers of many online Internet guides for travel and business, we once roamed the interstate highways and the back roads, reporting on the people, places and events of our world. Based in Wyoming, but living fulltime (along with our chocolate cocker spaniel, Lexxus), in or 22-foot motorhome, The Eagle II, we conducted tours throughout the country. The tours include reviews of bed & breakfast inns, RV parks, restaurants, events, and much more. Entire communities have participated in showing off the best they have to offer to the travelers. During each tour, we hand out thousands of business cards, spend long hours promoting our clients' businesses and speaking with the many folks who wanted to know....."What is Cruising America?"

But changes are always happening....so read on and find out about us!

January, 2008, ushers in the start of our 12th year in the website design & hosting business and as travel writers and photographers. While working at our "day jobs" in 1996, we produced an online newspaper in Casper, Wyoming, to pass along the good news from our hometown. Our efforts included articles about teachers who received special recognition or an Eagle Scout who had won an award. We reported on a local elementary school "50's Sock Hop" and a high school presentation of Holocaust vignettes.

After being contacted by a local bed & breakfast inn regarding website design & hosting, we embarked on a new part time career. What started as a long-range plan to be self-employed and travel as fulltime RVers, "perhaps in 5 years or so", became a reality much sooner than expected. By June, 1998, we were completely mobile. Traveling with 2 Gateway laptop computers, a Compaq desktop computer, 2 Sony Mavica digital cameras and all the necessary office equipment to produce our sites "on the road", we started off on our adventures.

From a customer database of 2 in January of 1997, to a current roster of over 8,000 clients, we attribute our success to honesty, quick response to our clients'bridge.html">"The Bridge Builder" by Will Allen Dromgoole, building "bridges" to make the path a little easier for the next person who comes along.

On our sites, we offer services to the community at large with free listings which help to promote our clients. As we visit with small business owners, we are always willing to make suggestions about Internet advertising and website design & promotion. We enjoy sharing information with fellow travelers interested in a mobile lifestyle, explaining how we got started and maintained our business while we were traveling fulltime in our motorhome.

We have posted online information, reviews and photos of hundreds of businesses and events. The reviews include everything from 2-room bed & breakfast inns and 15-room country inns.... to a single RV hookup site on the oceanfront and 500-site RV resorts....to small community events and the Woodstock '99 Festival....to cozy, family-style restaurants and 5-star dining experiences......to books and gourmet food products.
Our tours have included visits and reviews in the continental US, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Italy!

We've experienced what this great country has to offer at a time in our lives when most folks are punching a time clock every day and planning to travel when they retire. We will never be millionaires, but we have a great lifestyle! We took a hiatus from traveling, trying out the lifestyle in south Texas, then moving along to Pensacola, Florida. Here, Mike went to school and became a licensed massage therapist. We opened the Pensacola Massage Center and have enjoyed a different way of helping other folks for the past few years. We have also begun the World Massage Festival and Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

And now, we are moving along "a winding road" to more adventures. The domain name cruising-america.com has been sold to another company....seems like whenever one door closes, another one always opens. We continue to serve our clients with website domain and hosting, always keeping in mind that these are the folks that have allowed us the freedom over the years to explore new locations and new experiences. As our involvement in the alternative health industry expands with the World Massage Festival, we have plans to take it "on the road" and hope to be able to offer affordable continuing education workshops to massage therapists across the country.

Are we ready to completely give up travelling? That travel bug is a hard one to kick! Maybe in 20 years or so? Can we see it all by then? As long as we're healthy and can continue to provide such wide-range exposure for our clients, we'll keep going! And, we still need to find the perfect spot for OUR retirement! We will be starting once again to do reviews and travel a bit more frequently before going back on the road once again, so check back often!

A Winding Road * (formerly Cruising America) * A Division of The Michaels Group * * 830-832-7140freedom04@awindingroad.net

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